Here is a review of the Mountain King album on the Swedish synth.nu site. Following is a Google translation (with a few adjustments) from Swedish to English:
The Australian Craig Simmons – also known as Space March – has followed up with the album: Mountain King. Have you missed Space March before? His music can most easily be described as dreamy, bombastic synth pop influenced by indie pop, electronica, and a dose of eighties synth. Two groups frequently cited as influences are Air and Pet Shop Boys.
Craig’s lowest level is extremely high and all four albums are very worth listening, but differ somewhat. Personally, I think the last album Monumental, which is a bit more direct and more indie influenced, is his highlight so far. Mountain King is by no means bad, it’s just that Monumental set the bar for future albums extremely high.
Mountain King is a dreamy journey into synth pop music world. The album has been mastered by Robin Schmidt, who also worked with OMD. The music is more opulent and almost orchestral than its predecessor. It feels like Craig has listened in on some seventies pop regarding the orchestral arrangements. Add to that the warm sound that Air are usually good at communicating, together with a solid sense of pop melodies.
The album feels like a perfect soundtrack for hot summer days. The music is pleasant and easygoing and Craig Simmons has a very nice voice that caresses your ears. If I were to describe Mountain King with one word, it would be “beautiful”. A little fun Craig is having on the opening track, “Mountain King” – also the title track of the album, having used a melody in the song of the classical composer Edvard Grieg’s music for Peer Gynt.
Date: 15 July 2013
Reviewer: Benjamin Kristiansen
Web Site Review Page: synth.nu