Macan is the proper name in this project, which intends to unite progressive
rock with the different aesthetics of contemporary classical. After Hermetic
Science (1997) and Prophesies (1999) arrives En Route, which
opens with a version of Holst’s “Mars” that clearly resembles ELPowell’s version.
En Route is a more “rocking” disc than its predecessors and less interested
in polyrhythmic surprise and the intricate superimposing of harmonic planes. This one is more melodic, especially in the extensive
suite in four parts, “Against the Grain,” that dominates the work, and forms
part of the other even more extensive suite that gives the disc its name.
In “Raga Hermeticum” the mode of Hindu-fusion typified by In the Labyrinth
or Orient Squeezers is recycled, although the arrangement is effectively sustained
by marimbas and mallet percussion and the resolute