Grackle: Wintergarden

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/composer Steve Katsikas leads Dark Side of the Wall, an excellent Pink Floyd tribute band. His band, Grackle, though, performs original music, not without some Floyd and early King Crimson influences, but not burdened with them, either. Synthesized orchestral sounds set up the opening track, “Take Every Road.” Distant, echoed voices make for a languorous mood on “Pieces.” The title track ia a wistful love song, mixing piano and synthesizer effectively. This debut album is strong in both composition and performance, with the many layers of sound being clear. And it’s not just studio magic — Grackle plays the heck out of these songs.