Intelligent Music Project IV – SORCERY INSIDE
ALL EYES AND EARS ON INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT IV – SORCERY INSIDE Featuring Simon Phillips, John Payne, Joseph Williams, Carl Sentance and many more musicians in this all-star band
This album is dedicated to the searching mind.
The idea is learning to find your own source of magic, inside of you.
It is based on our ability to be human, first and foremost.
Themes from everyday life lead fans to the right conclusions about how to go about this.
SORCERY INSIDE is the fourth studio album from Intelligent Music and the third all-star line-up, creating a remarkable fusion through its author and producer’s musically erudite and unconventional style, combined with the full creative input of legendary musicians. The production features session aces Simon Phillips (drums and percussion), and the remarkable voices of Carl Sentance (Nazareth), Richard Grisman (River Hounds), John Payne (ex-Asia) and Joseph Williams (Toto), who bring their own flavor to all 12 equally outstanding pieces on the album.
Intelligent Music Project IV showcases the chemistry and the versatile style of all previous IMP projects (I-III): rich and layered, guitar-centric, melodic-progressive and AOR sound. The magic comes from the hands-on experience of top-notch experts who have teamed up with Milen Vrabevski MD, for quite some time already. They have gradually formed a brand worth listening to. Catchy tunes and dynamic riffs fuse flawlessly with the trademark vocals of Payne-Williams-Sentance-Grisman, while Phillips’ immaculate band leaves their mark on the record all the way through. Upon receiving another invitation and demo from Vrabevski, Simon Phillips formed an LA band to start recording (in the autumn of 2018) at Brotheryn Studio in California: Simon Phillips and Earnest Tibbs – rhythm section + Jesse Siebenberg (guitars, steel guitar, vocals) and Dave Palmer (keys). Immediately afterwards the main vocals were provided by Joe Williams, John Payne, Carl Sentance, and Richard Grisman (all: lead & backing vocals, adlibs).
At the same time in Sofia, an impressive band led by Ivo Stefanov (Milen’s right-hand man and musical co-producer of the album) did the rest. IMP IV features a symphonic orchestra with a horn section, conducted by Vlado Djambazov, and Sofia Gospel Choir, conducted by Geri Balevska, and soloist – Steven Archikor. Outstanding performances by Bisser Ivanov (guitars, mandolin), Bobby Kosatka and Lina Nikol (backing vocals, adlibs), and Ivo Zvezdomirov (bass) add an exotic splash of all-around expertise.
The band’s virtuosity blends impressively with the complexity of the musical arrangements, including unforgettable symphonic expansions. By matching classic rock’s energy with his lyrical patterns, rapt and diverse musical thematic development is the signature style that propels this next all-star project by Milen Vrabevski, author and producer of SORCERY INSIDE, Intelligent Music Project IV.
Stand out tracks:
Bursting out with the pilot single – track 1. “Yesterdays That Mattered” – a vivid rock hit, seamlessly blending the exceptional, illustrative singing of the Williams-Sentance duet with a tasteful instrumental. The best pilot single in years.
Then comes the second single “Every Morning”: a melodic, hard-rocking piece, propelled by majestic synths & guitar riffs plus Richie & John’s gently hitting vocals, backed by uncompromising guitar virtuosity. The best guitar solo of the album.
“Love” featuring Richie’s evocative timbre is a timeless rock ballad that will immediately make the charts. Also, as you might expect, there’s a magnificent ending, meaning that it pops up by surprise…
From the soul retriever “Life to Linger” sung by Richie & Carl, through Joe’s passionate “Viva” (an immense hit ready to climb even the dance charts), and the duet “Slipping Away” (John & Joe) to the key prog tracks “Looking for the Feeling” (featuring lead and backing vocals by Joseph Williams and Carl Sentance), and “No One Falls Behind” – Intelligent Music Project IV demonstrates its producer’s determination to make a solid addition to the best AOR classics of all time.
Simon Phillips: “It’s really exciting to do a third project with Milen” (Simon did not take part in the first album only – IMP I). “In this new project Sorcery Inside, musically the composition has developed since the first record… and I am inspired by this progress. I take being an integral part of IMP very seriously, I made some changes to the arrangements, summoned top-notch musicians to take part in the sessions, I am actually the musical co-producer…”
Joseph Williams: “I am ready to always join any IMP project. That’s what I told Milen – just call me. It’s wonderful to explore music with Milen. The project has a great message, accompanied by some beautiful music and some great rock ‘n’ roll – the musicians in this project are top notch.”
Carl Sentance: “There is a lot of musical complexity and a sense of depth in Milen’s songs. They are not ordinary. They are very beautiful… and the way these songs are composed is very, very good.”
John Payne: “It’s an incredible opportunity to work with such great people. Wonderful songs… You’ve got world-class players. And working with Milen is always a good time. It is a great record.”
Milen Vrabevski: “To me, this is our fourth best-seller: I am enormously fortunate to be the creator and producer of the whole project. It is an album dedicated to the searching mind, trying to discover how to produce magic in life. I am so proud of this all-star band – IMP IV. It’s a great motivation and challenge to keep rocking…”
Previous albums by the same artist featuring Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams, John Payne, Nathan East, Carl Sentance & John Lawton are IMP I, II & III, respectively titled “The Power of Mind” “My Kind O’ Lovin’”, ‘’Touching the Divine’’