Song Review: Excelsior – 20 Vision, Part I (2021)

Based in Manchester, UK, Excelsior is a one-man project overseen by Eros Spataro. Spataro, 17 years old, provides vocals, guitars, bass, keys, drums, and song-writing on his debut single, “20 Vision, Part I.” Clocking in at over eight minutes, the mini-epic track is separated into four distinct sections.

The first section, “Cyclops,” is an awesome intro that recalls 70’s early heavy metal, with a Dream Theater-esque transition into the the second segment, titled “Winter Midnight.” This section has some gorgeous acoustic guitar work, and some great harmonies that close it out. “Winter Midnight” feels a lot like something you’d hear on an early Genesis album.

The next section, titled “Senses,” is the best out of the four, and has a great, Styx-like feel. It’s a fun jam with some quick shots, a kick-ass keyboard solo (in 7/8 no less), and two separate guitar solos, the second of which perfectly transitions into the final section; “Revelations” is a short-but-sweet bit with primarily vocals and piano, and closes out the track.

Lyrically, the song uses the metaphorical concepts of a cyclops (20 vision… get it?) and a blind girl to paint a larger picture. The cyclops represents someone who can see the world around them and yet has a narrow mind and believes the world is a bad place. As a contrast, the blind girl, named Aisling, finds the beauty in the world despite her lack of vision. “20 Vision, Part I” has some great lyrical prowess, such as the lines, “Aisling sees the Cyclops living day by day / In his peaceful chaos that he himself creates / This is no illusion, he’s done this to himself / We must stop this delusion, there’s no such thing as Hell on Earth.”

“20 Vision, Part I” is a great debut single for Excelsior with a 70’s progressive-A.O.R. feel throughout. The fact the whole thing is performed by one person makes it all the more impressive.

Overall rating: 7/10

Published by Jeremy Bader

Aspiring writer, film and music lover, drummer.

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