Crash Course For Dessert

by Salander

supported by
Peter Jones
Peter Jones thumbnail
Peter Jones The glowing reviews really do do this album justice. It's stunning. Musically literate and adventurous. And get this - jazz funk groove on a prog rock album.

The drummer in me was ready to go "oh dear, programmed drums" and on a couple of tracks I did think "Hm, could do with a better drum track" but creditable work by Dave Smith for the most part.

Thanks to terrapin station for the find, by the way! Favorite track: All The Money In The World.
Annalena
Annalena thumbnail
Annalena Princess is wonderful, relaxing end of an album. I warmly recommend this album, please download it. It is even free but still send the guys something, I did! Favorite track: Princess.
/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price

     

1.
08:54
2.
3.
4.
05:19
5.
6.
7.
13:51
8.
9.
10:55

about

Reviews for Crash Course For Dessert.

Review by Geoff Barton
Classic Rock Magazine June 2014

Salander are a pair of 50-something dudes who proclaim proudly:
"this is our first album release. There's nothing like being prolific - and this is nothing like being prolific."
Here they explore the fate of a pilot who crashes his plane in the desert with a million dollars on board. It's an engrossing mix of Devin Townsend quirkiness and Peter Gabriel story telling.

Review by Bradley Birzer from www.progarchy.com

There’s nothing quite like wearing one’s influences on one’s sleeves. This seems especially true for two English guys named Dave. As I glory in the sheer aural pleasures of this album, I hear elements of Big Big Train, Cosmograf, Talk Talk, World Party, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, as well as Trevor Horn’s early 1980’s production style and Thomas Dolby’s funk period (this was the most shocking element of the album!). And, yet, in the end, as with almost any great art, the album very much belongs to Salander. Three things tie together all of its various styles and fusions—a wall of sound, an earnest maturity of lyrics and music, and a lot of psychedelia.

The first time I listened to the album, I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.” The second time, I thought, “Wow, that’s really, really interesting.” On the third listen, it hit me what they were doing. And, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t come up with true words to match my feelings for this album. On the fourth and all subsequent listens, I’ve just simply and immeasurably enjoyed the flow of it all, taking it for the beautiful thing it is.

While I very much like all nine tracks, the standouts for me are Track 4, “Desert Sands,” a Cosmografic space tune; Track 7, “Take Me Away,” a Dead Can Dance mid-1990s tune with plaintive haunting poetry masquerading as lyrics; and Track 9, “Princess,” the perfect conclusion to a mesmerizing album, revealing some intriguing theological and existential symbolism.

I have only two criticisms of the album, neither of which really amount to much. First, I wish the mix would have increased the volume of the vocals a smidgeon. While no one will regard either Dave as possessing a “beautiful” voice, their vocals are excellent, and each vocalist knows what his abilities and limits are, vocally, and utilizes them wonderfully. As the mix stands, the vocals essentially serve as another instrument—but they deserve a bit more.

Second, I wish that the two Daves would have linked and meshed all of the tracks, one into another, with no silence between them. While I think “Crash Course” could be one song with nine parts, I also think it might have worked best as three songs with three parts each. The one really funky track, “Make Me Dance,” which feels like a Trevor Horn 12-inch remix from 1982, would feel a bit more integrated.

These, however, are nothing but very minor thoughts. The more I listen to the album, the less these two criticisms make sense.

So, in conclusion—check these guys out. Check them out now! “Crash Course for Dessert” is an outstanding album that deserves to be widely heard and distributed. A real joy.
“Crash Course for Dessert,” will almost certainly make into my top 10 for 2014 and probably my top 5. Holy schnikees this is amazing stuff.

SALANDER NINE OUT OF TEN !!

Powerplay Magazine have run a review on Crash Course in their June Issue:

SALANDER
Crash Course For Dessert
Genre: Prog
Independent Release

The Salander boys have taken their love of Floyd and Yes, and using that foundation of prog rock, they have thrown in touches of jazz, space rock, blues and flamenco, cemented it all in place with layers of the ambient, mystic eastern dance groove thing of Afro Celt Sound
System (check out 'Make Me Dance'to see what I mean), and having wrapped it all together in a home based studio, produced the rather delicious 'Crash Course For Dessert'.
Learning their craft in various blues/rock cover bands, Salander is a couple of middle aged beer bellies with an itch to scratch. And what an itch. An obvious labour of love, this album is a truly exceptional piece of art; utterly enchanting, captivating, bewitching. So, why not a perfect score? I'll tell you why. A ten out of ten would suggest that there is no room to manoeuvre, no improvements to be made (the Croninesque vocal does need refining a touch), but 'Crash Course For Dessert' is so spectacularly effortless that it suggests Salander's next project will blow everything out of the water that even the most exalted of prog rock's uber-men have produced during the last twenty
years.
Dither ye not. If you are into Floydian prog, then nip over to salander.bandcamp.com and get yourself a copy of this album. An absolute masterpiece, even a full page review couldn't do 'Crash Course For Dessert' justice, so you'd better go listen for yourself. Just get it. Now!
POWERPOINTS: 9/10
PHIL KANE

Review from New Prog Releases.
Hyle Troy February 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM
So many styles. Never boring. I love that in music. Deep in the blurb they tell us it is a concept album with a story running through it. The whole thing has beautiful keys playing, and the guitars can be sweet at one point and screaming soon after. My Favourites? " Take me Away" and "Princess" ... These guys have given us something really special for a debut album. Can't wait for the next

credits

released February 8, 2014

All songs written and performed by Dave Curnow and Dave Smith

Dave Curnow.
Lyrics.
Lead Guitars. Rhythm Guitars.
Lead Vocal on Ground Proximity Warning and Take Me away

Dave Smith.
Music.
Keyboards. Bass. Drum Programming. Rhythm Guitars. Spanish Guitars.
Lead Vocal on all songs except Ground Proximity Warning

Recorded and Produced at Gästrummet Studios, Durham September 2013 to January 2014

Produced by Salander

Mixed and Engineered by Dave Smith

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Salander UK

Salander are Dave Smith and Dave Curnow who make progressive rock music and hail from Durham in the UK.
We pay homage to the past whilst embracing the future

contact / help

Contact Salander

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Reminiscence
1. Reminiscence [8:53]

Please hold the line and let me talk
Maybe we could take a walk
And turn things over
Don't hang up and walk away
I have so many things to say
Too much to cover

Late one night upon the beach
The fire and you in my reach
You were my lover
As the sparks flew in the skies
I kiss the starlight in your eyes
New world recovered

It was much to my surprise
I saw the tear in your eye
I never earned it
Maybe I was far too young
Singing a song that can’t be sung
Until you've learn it

Now as the night is crawling by
I watch the starlight as I lie
Awake in loneliness
Just how sweet life could have been
If I had but only seen
You were my only-ness. Only ness
Track Name: Ground Proximity Warning
2 Ground Proximity Warning [3:39]

Too many miles from Marrakech
Got nothing to go for an nothing left
One more job and I'm free to go
But the temperatures high and the fuel is low
I'm goin' down

Frequencies dead on the radio bands
Gonna bring me down in the desert sands
Now all I want is to hold your hand
Help me find a place to land
I'm goin' down

Warning sounds flashing in my brain
Evrything's bust in this damned old plane
All I need is this thing to fly
But its taking me down and I'm gonna die
I'm goin' down

Pull Up! ... ( whoop whoop)
Pull Up! ... ( whoop whoop)
Pull Up! ... ( whoop whoop)
Pull Up! ... ( whoop whoop)
Pull Up! ... ( whoop whoop)
Track Name: Out Of The Wreckage
3.Out of the Wreckage [4:51]

Out of the skies
Reborn from an exotic womb
Out of darkness
That around comes around too soon

Reborn from darkness
Reborn from my self-created tomb
ah-ha
I strike out for the daylight
Out of the maze
Out of the maze of my darkened room

I cling to the plane
I cling to the wreckage of my extremes
Stare at my pride
Tied to the mast of my big dreams
On a proud ship of fools
Now smashed on the rocks of emotion
Look down upon me
No more than a speck on this desert ocean

See me………… See me
Now See me ...... save me

A scene from the past
The beaches in the pastel mist
The calm in her voice
Discovery’s daylight when we kissed
She told me “Life isn’t just a destination
A road written to some greater plan
Just savour each stop and every station
You wander this world
You wander world as a man

Out of the wreckage
Reborn from an exotic womb
Out of the wreckage
Reborn from an exotic womb
Out of the wreckage
Reborn from an exotic womb
Track Name: All The Money In The World
5. All the Money in the World [6:43]

Just imagine....

Someone gave you half a million dollars
Wouldn't it be nice
Just buy a car, or buy a plane
Never see this place again
Away in a moment.... away in a moment

The sun arrives , nowhere to hide
I drag the case?... or leave it behind?
To close my eyes
Just to see your face
My back to the sun, to find my place
You can hear me call, try to hear my voice
A thousand miles.
Diverted from my course
All this money in the world
What use its it now
It drags me down
I'm anchored now

But the stores are all closed
The lady was right
All the money in the world will not make this right
By a tree by the brook, hear the piper play
Take me by the hand
Do not let me stray
By a tree by the brook, hear the piper play

The sun arrives , there's nowhere to hide
I drag the case?... or leave it behind?
To close my eyes
Just to see your face
My back to the sun, to find my place
If you can hear my call, try to hear my voice
A thousand miles.
Diverted from my course
All this money in the world
What use its it now
It drags me down
I'm anchored now
Track Name: Take Me Away
7.Take Me Away [13:51]

Mountains of grains of sand
Shift slowly beneath my feet
Impeding my every stride
Sapping my energy
Slowing every step
Until my eyes behold this cool oasis
The waters invite me to them
Clear .... cool..... cleansing.
I dive...... Rising
Feeling the dirt fall from my every sense
Sense of salvation
My head breaks the surface
I open my eyes to see
See your face
You sit in the shade of an olive tree
Looking at you..... as you look at me
The boundary is forced
You implore me to take the course
It takes for me to realise you implore me to take this course

Look to the skies and see to the stars
Look to the ground and I see through earth
It is real so real
Look in my eyes and I'll tell you the truth
Look through my eyes to see sorrow and pain
it is real so real
Look to the skies and see to the stars
Look to the ground and I see through earth
It is real it's so real
Look in my eyes and I'll tell you the truth
Look through my eyes to see sorrow and pain
it is real Ah so real

You shall not have her
You shall not take her
It is my will to keep her
It is my will to enslave her here with me
You will not free her from my glistening prison
Of broken emotions
This palace of dreams for the well-heeled souls of my realm
This concubine dancer my fantasies master
This giver of pleasures
My golden haired treasure
You shall not have her
You shall not have her
You shall not have her

Take me away, she implores
This girl that he adores
Take me away from this shore
Take me away from this shore
Anywhere but here
Anywhere but here
Anywhere but here
Anywhere but here !
Track Name: Anywhere But Here
8.Anywhere But Here [1:35]

(If you think I'm going to type out "Anywhere but here ten" times you've got another thing coming -
Chum ! ) ... (Dave)
==========================================================================
Track Name: Princess
9. Princess [10:55]

Out from the haven from the chains of safety
For a convenient place to hide come with me
I recognise your captured spirit bursting free

Just take my hands, come with me, find our freedom
This false mirage is not like something we've known
Look to the heavens and the stars will guide us home

I see the bars trap your soul
Stealing light that makes you whole
I watch the darkness forming in your eyes

Perpetual purgatory or our salvation
We will find destiny or cruel damnation
Escape from.... OR ....The instigation of our doom

We know that anywhere is better than here
There is a sanctuary free from dark fears
Out of the wreckage, reborn from this perfect tomb

I see the bars trap your soul
Stealing light that makes you whole
I watch the darkness growing in your eyes

Perpetual purgatory or our salvation
We will find destiny or cruel damnation
Escape from.... OR ....The instigation of our doom

We know that anywhere is better than here
There is a sanctuary free from dark fears
Out of the wreckage, reborn from this perfect tomb