Magenta are a Welsh progressive-rock outfit currently consisting of Christina Booth on lead vocals, Rob Reed on keyboards and backing vocals, and Chris Fry on electric guitar. Reed takes his musical influences from ‘70s-era progressive rock acts such as Genesis, Mike Oldfield, Yes, and Renaissance. Already a musical adventure, Reed’s 5.1 surround mix takes Chameleon (2011) to the next level.
Rob Reed on the making of Chameleon:
“After Metamorphosis was released I ploughed straight into the next Magenta album, spending several weeks working flat-out in the studio. I was really happy with what I had written but I got sidetracked with other projects and everything sort of got left on the back burner. Then about six months ago I had another creative spurt and another 50 minutes of great ideas emerged.”
When I sat back and took stock of what I had before me I realised that both writing sessions produced distinctive musical styles. The tracks from the first session were quite edgy and more contemporary and the second batch were more traditional, almost like ‘Seven’ in style. We then got Kieran Bailey into the studio and it wasn’t long before we had recorded the drums for eight new Magenta tracks. Chris Fry then came and weaved his magic and before long what originally was planned as a new single, or possibly an EP, had escalated into a great sounding album.”