Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson – Can We Leave The Light On Longer? (2024)

Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson - Can We Leave The Light On Longer? (2024)
Artist: Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson
Album: Can We Leave The Light On Longer?
Genre: Prog Related
Label: Blacklake Records
Year Of Release: 2024
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01 – Artificial Interference (00:04:09)
02 – Can We Leave The Light On Longer (00:03:15)
03 – The Man From The Island (00:04:56)
04 – Let’s Talk (00:04:19)
05 – The Battle of the Bare Knuckle Fighter (00:05:00)
06 – Turn Your Life Around (00:05:17)
07 – Multiplicity (00:03:17)
08 – November (00:04:52)
09 – Hero (00:04:26)
10 – Addlestone (00:03:14)


Anyone without prior knowledge of former Threshold/current Arena singer Damian Wilson and his former Headspace colleague and prog man-about-town Adam Wakeman, when listening to Can We Leave The Light On Longer?, would be unlikely to detect any influence from beyond the mainstream singer-songwriter realm.

But as with most proggers, lofty concepts, long-form musical suites and juddery time signatures are far from the only strings to their bow. On this third album as a duo, Wilson and Wakeman offer 10 relatively simple, short piano-based compositions that are woven with a common thread of “how we are connected as human beings.”

The theme informs emotionally resonant, personal vignettes such as the organ-accompanied, lovelorn Let’s Talk and the slow-building pep talk of Turn Your Life Around, as well as November’s mournfully nostalgic meditation. And although The Man From The Island’s tell-don’t-show tribute could do with a touch more poetic flair, its string of memories are delivered with enough conviction to hit home.

A more ominous side to the central theme is explored on Artificial Interference, tackling a topic one feels will soon become as ubiquitous in prog as the perils of social media or visions of a dystopian future. But since Wilson and Wakeman are relatively early adopters, they still grab the attention with a tale where the titular technology ‘comes alive and no one sees the danger’ before they ask, ‘Are we blind?’

It’s the songs led by Wilson’s soulful tenor that strike the most resounding chord, such as the album’s closing track. When American performers sing of locations in their home country, the places they mention invariably seem somehow imbued with romance, from San José to Memphis to Route 66. British lyricists have largely steered clear of namechecking, say, Portsmouth, King’s Lynn or Weston-super-Mare in song.

So hats off to the duo for bravely naming one of the most affecting ballads on this record after a leafy commuter town in Surrey. Addlestone succeeds in transcending any mundane associations, though, as Wilson evokes scenes of ‘Riding bareback in the evening sun/Through the meadows and the meads we’d run.’

Unashamedly sentimental stuff, of course – and thoughts of the nearby M25 might taint some listeners’ investment in it. But it’s delivered, like everything Wilson and Wakeman do, with a conviction that is hard to deny. Shine on, fellas.
by Johnny Sharp

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