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Darryl Way: Children Of The Cosmos

Curved Air co-founder finds his Way back to the future.

The violinist and keyboard player who co-wrote Curved Air’s Back Street Luv has worn many a suit of musical clothes since leaving that homestead in the early 1970s – leading Darryl Way’s Wolf, guesting under the auspices of Gong, Tull and others, taking in occasional CA reunions, and slowly amassing a body of solo endeavours.

But it’s well over 20 summers since Way set down a tentpole in the progressive camp, and now he does, the one-time Royal College of Music student throws plenty of classical and folk ingredients into the pot. The album title betrays the archetypal cosmic lyrical themes of several tracks, although just as often, his songs have a vintage 70s chart feel about them. Occasionally he sets foot in the 80s for such as The Best Of Times which, as throughout, is illuminated by Way’s fine vocals, as supple as his violin playing. With its post-glam, vaguely futuristic synth structure, it sounds not unlike later Ultravox. Elsewhere, he gets Celtic on Lagan Love and quotes Pachelbel’s Canon on Don’t Look Back. Much of _Children Of The Cosmos _is largely undistracted by the passing decades, yet its musicality is unfailing and it has spirit to spare. PS ** **

But it’s well over 20 summers since Way set down a tentpole in the progressive camp, and now he does, the one-time Royal College of Music student throws plenty of classical and folk ingredients into the pot. The album title betrays the archetypal cosmic lyrical themes of several tracks, although just as often, his songs have a vintage 70s chart feel about them. Occasionally he sets foot in the 80s for such as The Best Of Times which, as throughout, is illuminated by Way’s fine vocals, as supple as his violin playing. With its post-glam, vaguely futuristic synth structure, it sounds not unlike later Ultravox. Elsewhere, he gets Celtic on Lagan Love and quotes Pachelbel’s Canon on Don’t Look Back. Much of Children Of The Cosmos is largely undistracted by the passing decades, yet its musicality is unfailing and it has spirit to spare. PS ** **

Paul Sexton
Paul Sexton

Prog Magazine contributor Paul Sexton is a London-based journalist, broadcaster and author who started writing for the national UK music press while still at school in 1977. He has written for all of the British quality press, most regularly for The Times and Sunday Times, as well as for Radio Times, Billboard, Music Week and many others. Sexton has made countless documentaries and shows for BBC Radio 2 and inflight programming for such airlines as Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific. He contributes to Universal's uDiscoverMusic site and has compiled numerous sleeve notes for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and other major artists. He is the author of Prince: A Portrait of the Artist in Memories & Memorabilia and, in rare moments away from music, supports his local Sutton United FC and, inexplicably, Crewe Alexandra FC.