Tidy Leopard is the solo alias of Perth (Western Australia) based musician, Leo Titley. Leopard has made a name for himself as a drummer for several bands from a variety of genres, including funk, rock, folk and progressive metal. On his album Alta he does it all. The drum work is unsurprisingly exceptional but so are the elements to the song such as the guitar. There is some impressive guitar work that along with the drums felt like the main attraction.
The songs for the most part felt somewhere between prog rock and metal. Take for instance the opener “Emergence” which mixes circular, hypnotic patterns and aggressive bass with an onslaught of drums. It’s a dynamic song and like a lot of other notable prog rock songs has a lot of transitions. It seamlessly flows into “Manipulation.”
You can hear traces of a band like Tool on “Divination.” This song is a bit of a slow burn and has a mysterious allure to it. It felt like it was building to something but never explodes like I expected it to. You could make the case that the explosion comes on “Resistance.”
“Hesitance” was a highlight to my ears. The groove is smooth as silk. I loved the way the guitar and bass worked together along with more subtle atmospheric elements in the background. “Acceptance” was the centerpiece which comes in a little under eight minutes. This song is dynamic and for the most part high energy. The guitars are distorted, the drum driving and the bass steady while pads float above it all.
The pressure and intensity continue to mount with the ferocious and cutting “Dawn.” The album maintains its consistency with the rolling “Homeward” and closes with “Outward” which is an ambient piece free of percussion.
This album definitely had a flow to it. It’s the kind of album that benefits from just hitting play and letting it ride. Recommended.
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