With Valentine's Day just around the corner, let's dive into the romantic side of one of the pioneering bands of progressive rock, King Crimson. The husband and wife duo of Deborah and Pat Mastelottos have taken on the task of reworking a dozen King Crimson classics for their latest release "A Romantic's Guide To King Crimson." The project began in 2019, before being put on hold for Pat's one and only live show in Japan with his band, Stick Men in early 2020. The following COVID-19 lock down allowed the duo to finish up the King Crimson project in their home studio, with a release date of February 12th.
The Mastelottos start the album off with the gentle sway of "Two Hands," which carries a smooth, R&B vibe, while their version of "Matte Kudasi" is a more experimental sounding piece, which sticks close to the original. One of the most elegant, original King Crimson tracks, "Moonchild" is the perfect addition to this set, as Deborah's vocals give the song a dark, more mysterious feel to the song. The Mastelottos then add a samba groove to "One Time" giving the musical piece a different identity. The fragile motion of strings in "Book Of Saturday" is perfectly executed and "Exiles" carries that progressive vibe that King Crimson has been known for all these years. The Mastelottos finish their new album with the all-out rock assault of "People" and "Sleepless," ending their new release with a bolt of energy. To find out more about The Mastelottos and their latest album "A Romantic's Guide To King Crimson," please visit patmastelotto7d.bandcamp.com.