The Gatekeepers is a captivating musical project by Los Angeles-based composer, writer and director Alex Wroten. With over twenty years of experience in the industry, Wroten enters the world of progressive music with this concept album that explores the struggles of a musician trying to make a name for himself. Wroten brings together an unlikely group of musicians from the progressive music community, including members from the Canterbury scene, R.I.O., left-field rock, jazz-rock, and singer-songwriter world.
With influences ranging from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht to Jesus Christ Superstar and Kevin Gilbert, The Gatekeepers creates a unique musical contrast with its DIY lo-fi ethos. The album oscillates between hypnotic and turbulent, with compact solos on instruments like Moog, flute, saxophone, and violin, and the use of Mellotron, synthesizers, and versatile guitar playing. The eclectic mix is reminiscent of classic progressive acts like National Health, Genesis, and Zappa, and is sure to leave a lasting impression on listeners.