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Mastermind - Insomnia

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In 2005, five years after their previous, Angels of the Apocalypse, a Mastermind single called “Broken” appeared, featuring three new songs, an extended mix of the title cut,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Larry Kucharz - Pastels

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Lights out. Put your headphones on for this one! Expansive sheets of subtle melodic color and points of sparkling light and empty darkness drift and float in and out of a three-dimensional...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Marc Wagnon - Earth Is a Cruel Master

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Swiss born vibraphonist / percussionist Marc Wagnon is probably best known as a member of Tunnels during their five-album run, or perhaps as a member of Doctor Nerve before that, but all through...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Rainbow Danger Club - The New Atlantis & Where Maps End

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In their promotional photos, the members of Rainbow Danger Club pose in costumes reminiscent of characters from Jules Verne stories, and I've heard they do the same when performing live. Which...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-03)

Discipline - Live Days

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Fronted by Matthew Parmenter, arguably the most dynamic front man ever to grace an American prog outfit, Discipline built a following during the 90s prog revival largely through word of mouth and...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2013-04-01)

Julie Slick - Julie Slick

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Being from a famous music family has definitely helped bassist Julie Slick get a leg up on the competition. A graduate of the Paul Green School of Rock, Slick and her just slightly older brother...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Proyecto Wef - En Concierto - Creación Espontánea

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Each song is named “Creación Espontánea” followed by the appropriate Roman numeral, which gives the songs a kind of implied importance. They do deserve your attention,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Rational Diet - On Phenomena and Existences

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This is the fourth time out for this seven-piece chamber-rock ensemble from Belarus, their third in three years for AltrOck, a great label that seems to be able to do no wrong. Featuring drums,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

The Soft Machine - Volume Two

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McLatchey's Second Tier

One thing's for sure, no one ever sung the alphabet with the kind of humor and musical brilliance as Robert Wyatt did on the band's second...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-10-15)

Hey Marseilles - To Travels and Trunks

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Seattle may be most famous for its noisy rock, but there seems to be a crop of bands with expanded instrumentation and more melodic intentions. Case in point: Hey Marseilles. Their brand of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Henry Gwiazda - Claudia and Paul

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This audio-visual work is constructed from hyper-realistic depictions of populated and empty urban landscapes. Repeated stills with captions and numerals or replays of simple events seem like a...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Wyatt / Atzmon / Stephen - ...For the Ghosts Within

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Canterbury icon Robert Wyatt steps out of his comfort zone with acclaimed sax man Gilad Atzmon in an unusual collection of light orchestral covers of standards (and a few re-arranged Wyatt...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Various Artists - Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga

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In the 70s, when prog rock was living its heyday, the term progressive rock was used to define two different genres. One was the RIO/Canterbury one, including Henry Cow, Univers Zero, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Roman Stolyar - Missa Apocryph

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This release in no way fits the standard mold of Electroshock music (though they’ve been breaking that mode a lot lately, so maybe we should stop remarking on it!), being essentially a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Mandibulbe - Praxis

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This French instrumental quartet brings a lot of influences to the table, although refined and presented in a fresh and progressive way. The band’s main composer is guitarist Guillaume Fenoy,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul II

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Nowhere on the cover does it actually say it, but this is indeed the second Lunatic Soul, a follow-up to the first, which was released a couple years ago. In essence, it is the solo project of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Goldbug - The Seven Dreams

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Seven bopping tunes of a highly improvisational nature are gathered together on this recording by the sterling quartet of Theo Travis on saxophones and flute; Tim Motzer on guitar, keyboards,...

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(Posted by Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Lemurya - Soma

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I’ve been listening to a lot of Japanese and Chinese rock music lately, so my ears are atuned to the sounds of those languages. Imagine my surprise to hear both of them on this French...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Frequency Drift - Personal Effects (Part Two)

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Frequency Drift is primarily the effort of German keyboardist Andreas Hack, though he’s joined by a large group of supporting players that includes three female vocalists, three guitar...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Twelfth Night - Smiling at Grief & Art and Illusion - The Definitive Editions

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Those interested in discovering the roots of neo-prog owe it to themselves to explore the music of Twelfth Night, and I can’t think of a better place to start than here. Smiling at Grief...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Percy Jones / Scott McGill / Ritchie DeCarlo - Percy Jones / Scott McGill / Ritchie DeCarlo

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Fasten your seat belts prior to starting the opening track “Menagerie Animato” – it clocks in at only a little under five minutes, but it’ll leave you out of breath and in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Haiku Funeral - Assassination in the Hashish Cathedral & If God Is a Drug

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At hand we have the second and third releases by Haiku Funeral. The nine tracks of Assassination in the Hashish Cathedral explore dark grotesque soundworlds, laced with disturbing gothic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Phaedra - Ptah

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Hmmm. This is one case where I really wish the promo had come with an info-sheet, but instead this writer is left guessing as to what much of this album, sung entirely in Italian, is all about. On...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

The Gak Omek - Nonrenormalizability

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The Gak Omek is the project of one Robert Burger, and this is album number three. Mostly we hear guitars, guitar synths, synth-drums, keyboards, clarinet, some wild electronic sounds, and lots of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Anderson / Wakeman - The Living Tree

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Yes's Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have enjoyed success both within and without the group. Considering that both are on the outs with their previous band, it makes sense that the two would...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Tinyfish - The Big Red Spark

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It seems like everything British prog rockers Tinyfish have done up to now has been a prelude to The Big Red Spark. It helps that there’s a solid continuity between this and the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Fibonacci Sequence - We Three Kings & Numerology

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This Milwaukee-based band’s name may have you expecting some sort of robotic math rock, though there’s little in the way of Frippian interlocking guitar patterns here. Instead these two...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Felonious Bosch - Toy Box

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An interesting new release by this Minneapolis / St. Paul based sextet, one that skirts a lot of musical genres (elements of pop, folk, rock, blues, jazz and experimental are all fused into their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Quicksilver - Six String Voodoo, 07 Live & The Hermit

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Gary Duncan was the ‘other’ guitarist in the original Quicksilver Messenger Service. Today, with Freiberg off doing other things with Jefferson Starship most of the time, Greg Elmore...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Benoît Delbecq Trio - The Sixth Jump

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Piano trios can be a gnarly musical beast. In the case of pianist Delbecq, trio pieces transpire in real time, with a quiet classy reserve that gently tugs the listener through subtle changes....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

J.C. Combs - Safe Passage

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After a long period of what seems like relative inactivity, Electroshock released at least a dozen new titles in 2010. Safe Passage is among the most interesting of those, but also one of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Richard Pinhas - Metal / Crystal

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If it's true – at least in creative work – that quantity yields quality, the recent releases by Richard Pinhas are proving that maxim possesses a limited applicability. Built as a...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2011-06-01)

Carta - An Index of Birds

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Carta hail from the S.F. Bay Area and currently consist of Kyle Monday (guitar), Sacha Galvagna (bass, keyboards), Ray Welter (guitar, keyboards), Gabriel Coan (drums, electronics), Jason Perez...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Christopher Froh / Christopher Burns - Triptych

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So if a tryptich is an art work that has three parts, for example three panels in a hinged painting that opens up, how come this musical tryptich has five tracks? The answer is that two of them are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Brown vs Brown - Odds and Unevens

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Rock vs. jazz; punk vs. art; complex compositions vs. raw improvisation. Brown vs. Brown encompasses all of this and much more, turning in seven long tracks of blistering raw energy for their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Blld - Materia Prima

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This 20-minute EP is very tasty indeed. A meeting of Ric Byer (also known as 05Ric) and Markus Reuter would be expected to be a summit meeting of two original and remarkable players, but this...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Alexander Berne - Composed and Performed by Alexander Berne

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This lavish set presents composer / sound-designer / musician Alexander Berne in a variety of settings, mostly on his own, but with other contributors at times. Taking them in the order listed on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin - Llyria

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The instrumentation for this highly regarded jazz quintet is soprano and alto saxophone and bass clarinet, piano, bass, drums, and percussion. Pianist Bärtsch is the adept leader and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Yūgen - Iridule

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This is the third Yūgen release, and the band continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This time out the composing duties went to guitarist Francesco Zago, who seems to be influenced by a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Ranjit Barot - Bada Boom

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Drummer Ranjit Barot has certainly surrounded himself with world-class international talent, much of which also records for the Abstract Logix label. Since participating with John McLaughlin on...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Jan Bang - ...And Poppies from Kandahar

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Sonic sculptor Jan Bang brings his formidable sampling skills to bear on this internationally star-studded disk. His large palette of extracted sounds varies dramatically from solo vocals to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Mike Henderson - White Arrow Project

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Mike Henderson was one of the founding members of Djam Karet, and White Arrow Project represents his interest in acoustic guitar based song oriented craft with lyrics. He has assembled a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Pikapika TeArt - Moonberry

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Nine extraordinary musicians from Krasnoyarsk, one of the largest cities in south-central Siberia, make up this new entry in the chamber-meets-rock-meets-folk genre. Among the players are bassist...

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(Posted by Jon Davis, Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Prester John - Desire for a Straight Line

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Prester John this time is Shawn Persinger on acoustic guitar and David Miller on mandolin, weaving beautiful intertwining rhythms and melodies, with some amazing lead fretwork from both players as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Psicotropia - Psicotropia 3

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We’ve followed this trio from their first album, and each release has been a significant step forward. No exception here, they’ve further elucidated their overall concept and integrated...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Incandescent Sky - Four Faradays in a Cage

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This band is now up to their fourth full-length release of improvised music, and it’s an amazingly coherent effort, not at all random-sounding or chaotic. Their focus has always been more on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Chuck van Zyl - MemorySpace

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Van Zyl is probably best known for his Philadelphia based Stars End radio program, which he has hosted for over 30 years now, and his long running concert series The Gathering, which has...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Jade Warrior - Now

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Jade Warrior is one of those musical enigmas that has been nearly impossible to pigeonhole. Founder members Jon Field and vocalist Glyn Havard resurrected the band in 2007 meeting up after a long...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2008-10-01)

SBB - Blue Trance

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The legendary SBB is back once again with Blue Trance, same lineup as last time (multi-instrumentalist Józef Skrzek, guitarist Apostolis Anthimos, and drummer Gabor Nemeth), this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Various Artists - Conversations: Keyboard and Chamber Music by John Bilotta and David Gaines

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The subtitle of this recording is “Keyboard and Chamber Music by John Bilotta and David Gaines” – Bilotta and Gaines are not the performers here, that is handled by a varied cast...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Joie Tet - All Structures Unstable

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It starts with an aggressive riff on the bari sax run doubled an octave lower with a harmonizer; a bit later you get a distorted melody played on an instrument you can't quite identify from the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Tasavallan Presidentti - Tasavallan Presidentti, Lambertland & Milky Way Moses

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The first eponymous album Finnish band Tasavallan Presidentti recorded was a cross between folk, blues, and jazz-rock with pop influences. A really diverse album with an immaculate rendition of the...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2005-03-01)

Tasavallan Presidentti - Tasavallan Presidentti, Lambertland & Milky Way Moses

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The first eponymous album Finnish band Tasavallan Presidentti recorded was a cross between folk, blues, and jazz-rock with pop influences. A really diverse album with an immaculate rendition of the...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2005-03-01)

Alex Carpani - The Sanctuary

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Some may recall composer / keyboardist Carpani’s Waterline album from a few years back, or his outdoor performance with guitarist Tony Spada at the 2008 (and sadly final) Baja Prog...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Vacuum Tree Head - Thirteen!

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Once one of the most prolific outfits around (when the band was based in San Jose, California, they put out no less than 10 CDs between ’93 and ’99), their output has slowed down...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Hypnos 69 - Legacy

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It’s been a a few years since we reviewed this Belgian band’s previous effort, The Eclectic Measure, but this latest release Legacy (also available as a double-LP) is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Bryan Ferry - Olympia

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Bryan Ferry has noticeably become very particular when releasing new material under his own name. Reportedly this album was going to be a Roxy Music recording at one point, seriously re-worked and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Faust - C'est Com... Com... Compliqué & Is Last

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Beginning in the lush, disco-free Eurozone of the 70s, beneficiaries of finally reliable synthesizers, a well-defined tradition of art music tape experimentation, post modern euphemisms, and a...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2011-06-01)

Carla Kihlstedt / Matthias Bossi / Shahzad Ismaily - Causing a Tiger

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Here we have three principals of various Bay Area art-music assemblages of recent vintage creating something new and radically different from their usual endeavors. Most readers will know violinist...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Kraan - Diamonds

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Kraan, now down to a trio of Hellmut Hattler, Jan Fride, and Peter Wolbrandt (bass, drums, and guitars/vocals respectively), seems to have found new freedom and energy in the three-piece format, as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Khatsaturjan - Disconcerto Grosso

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Named after the famous Soviet composer (spelling may vary), this Finnish progressive quartet exudes classical ambition carried by formidable chops that many prog bands can only dream about....

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Gary Husband - Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1

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The idea of Jan Hammer and Allan Holdsworth playing together on a single recording (likely a fantasy of fusion fans everywhere) has come to pass on this new album from Gary Husband. Husband’s...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Awenson - Wizard

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Wizard is the second album by Awenson (aside from self-produced CDR releases), whose first was released under the name Awen, and whose real name is Joël Bernard. These two long...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Edward Artemiev - Invitation to Reminiscences

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At first you may think you’re listening to Vangelis, but synthesizer pioneer Edward Artiemiev’s music comes from a different place and sensibility: a subtle Russianness underlies much...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Abarax - Blue Room

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Abarax were a band whose original purpose was to fill the void left by Pink Floyd’s absence. Their 2006 debut, Crying of the Whales (now out of print), did reveal a taste for languid...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Abacus - Destiny

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With a self-important air and a melodic core harking back to 70s progressive kitsch (think voice and piano themes in certain Styx, Foreigner or Toto songs), Abacus’ sixth studio album...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

The Tunnel Singer - Undercurrents

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The theme of this latest offering – the ninth from Lee Ellen Shoemaker, aka The Tunnel Singer – is various deep water undercurrents, with appropriately named titles like “Cedros...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Trey Gunn / Marco Minnemann - Modulator

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From the outset this recording sounds like a modern update of Eddie Jobson’s UK on steroids, with a scoop of 21st century Crimson on top. It was arrived at in a fascinating way. Master...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2010-07-01)

Believe - World Is Round

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Believe are one of the fastest working bands in the progland, this being their fourth album in five years. Founder Mirek Gil (ex-Collage) seems to feel that success will come from building an...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Radio Massacre International - Time and Motion

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I’m no RMI expert, but of the things I’ve heard, there’s some nifty Tangerine Dream style electronic music, some tripped-out space rock, and some atmospheric improvisation. Those...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Mushroom - Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed

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The opening cut, a gentle duo for flute and acoustic guitar, is the first signal that this might be a little different than previous Mushroom releases. In fact, what a listener will notice is that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Aviva - Peer Gynt in Favour

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It’s a shock to hear music you've known all your life bent in new directions for new purposes. I still remember envisioning how my four-year-old self would have wept at The...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Aun - VII

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Aun is the Montreal duo of Martin Dumais (guitar, synths, violin, bass, and programming) and Julie Leblanc (synths, guitar, and percussion) who create powerful droning noise soundscapes, much the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth (Deluxe Edition)

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Back in the day I was a huge Genesis and Steve Hackett fan, but I lost interest in Steve with his 1980 release Defector. Fast forward 30 years and it looks like either I have been missing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Noetics - Delayed Back

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Delayed Back is a set of eleven electronica / dub / jazz / trance instrumentals by Noetics from Germany. Noetics is Ole Ohlendorf (keyboards and synths), Christian Schmidt (percussion),...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Reebosound - This Is Reebosound

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Reebosound is the brainchild of mulit-instrumentalist Sven “Missu” Missullis from Hannover, Germany. This is Reebsound is his second solo release. Performing live at shows and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Gary DiBenedetto - Twin Towers

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Gary DiBenedetto is an electro-acoustic composer from New York and Twin Towers is his effort to present a compilation of radical and controversial sonic collages designed to imply...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Yney - Micro Macro

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Russian electronic musicians tend to be a bit different from German, British, and American artists. Yney is Russian for "hoarfrost," but their music is far from being cold, crystalline,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Cybiont - Angels & Demons

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There is a paucity of information about Cybiont other than he is a New Zealander performer, composer, and producer. Angels & Demons, not to be confused with Dan Brown’s Vatican...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Radio Massacre International - Time and Motion

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This trio of Brits has been performing their epic electronic improvisations since the mid 90s. They have performed at numerous electronic music festivals across Europe and the US. In 2004 they...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Garaj Mahal - More Mr Nice Guy & Discovery

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Garaj Mahal takes some of the classic elements of 70s fusion and makes them work in today’s musical climate. While the music is sometimes on the funky side of rhythm, the jazz feel always...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Cathedral & Rum - American Gothic

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The follow up to Cathedral & Rum’s 2000 debut finds Chris Hartford and friends on familiar ground. The dreamy, country and western tinged alternative pop sound is intact, all wrapped...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

My Sleeping Karma - Tri

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This German instrumental outfit, described by its label as stoner rock or psychedelic groove rock, comes at you with a nuanced assault of guitar, bass and drums, drenched with moody reverb and...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Ideal Bread - Transmit: Vol. 2 of the Music of Steve Lacy

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Fans of Steve Lacy will adore this – a reverential treatment of seven Lacy compositions from various periods in his career, interpreted by players who have a high level of skill playing in...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins - The Crossing

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Around three years ago, Helpling and Jenkins’ initial collaboration Treasure (reviewed in # 35) initiated the journey that continues here – not just a protraction or sequel,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Aranis - Roqueforte

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This is the third album by Aranis, a Flemish chamber quintet that’s been around a few years. I don’t recall many details about the band’s second album from 2007, but I do remember...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

All Over Everywhere - Inner Firmaments Decay

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I really wanted to like this one. It’s keyboard-heavy symphonic rock with female vocals, with some good ideas in both composition and arrangement. But after listening to it in a number of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Rotor - 4

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This is blistering high energy, mostly instrumental hard rock by a German trio with three previous releases to their credit – we reviewed their third album a couple issues back. The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Harley Gaber - I Saw My Mother Ascending Mount Fuji

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Gaber’s 65-minute piece for “multi-track violin, processed alto flute and tape” is, to get metaphorical (which is about the only way to really describe music), an abstract...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Fern Knight - Castings

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Drawing seemingly equal parts from dark-age folk, psychedelic mysticism, and post-rock, this latest release by Fern Knight embraces some of the more straightforward folk sound of their 2008...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Conqueror - Madame Zelle

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Not much accompanied this promo – just a disc in an envelope. No booklet, tray card, or information. Normally my attitude is that if a label doesn’t care enough to send artwork or any...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Marc Barreca - Subterrane

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You know you’ve entered the modern era when the sole musician on a CD is credited with “acoustic and synthesized sources” — which in this case apparently involves a lot of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Baraka - Inner Resonance

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Baraka was a 1992 non-narrative film similar in scope to Koyaanisqatsi, and if this Japanese trio did indeed name itself after that film, the widescreen range of instrumental...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Yeti Rain - III

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Yeti Rain has evolved from a duo (Roger Ebner on sax and wind synth and William Kopecky on bass) into a trio with the addition of drummer Craig Walkner, who introduces himself about two and a half...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Už Jsme Doma - Jeskyne (Caves)

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Rhythm dominates Caves: polyrhythms, driving rhythms, natural rhythms. The music on Caves is a blend of influences and styles combined to create Už Jsme Doma’s unique...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Master Musicians of Bukkake - Totem Two

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MMOB is a Seattle-based musician collective with members from Earth, Asva, Burning Witch, The Diminished Men, and special guests from Secret Chiefs 3 and the thriving Istanbul music scene. They...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension - To the One

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Has there ever been such a strong John McLaughlin studio album? This slightly revised quartet has come off some high mountaintops (specifically the guitarist’s last two albums, Industrial...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Dou Wei & Buyiyang - Zaochun de Yusan (Early Spring Umbrella) & Ru Qiu (Entering Autumn)

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Chinese multi-instrumentalist / singer / composer Dou Wei first came to public notice as a member of Heibao (Black Panther), one of the country’s earliest prominent rock bands, back in the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Dou Wei & Buyiyang - Zaochun de Yusan (Early Spring Umbrella) & Ru Qiu (Entering Autumn)

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Chinese multi-instrumentalist / singer / composer Dou Wei first came to public notice as a member of Heibao (Black Panther), one of the country’s earliest prominent rock bands, back in the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

3 Leg Torso - Animals & Cannibals

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Cartoon soundtracks and movie music come to life on Animals and Cannibals, the fourth 3 Leg Torso album (their first in seven years). Considering that this elite ensemble hides under cover...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Il Tempio delle Clessidre - Il Tempio delle Clessidre

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If you yearn for 70s Italian prog, rejoice as this genre is alive and well with the next generation of bands. The best is Il Tempio delle Clessidre (Temple of the Hourglass) whose name is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Schicke Führs Fröhling (SFF) - The Collected Works of Schicke Führs Fröhling

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During their brief yet productive career from 1976 to 1978, the trio of Ede Schicke (drums), Gerd Führs (keys), and Heinz Fröhling (guitar, Mellotron) produced three outstanding albums on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Schicke Führs Fröhling (SFF) - The Collected Works of Schicke Führs Fröhling

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During their brief yet productive career from 1976 to 1978, the trio of Ede Schicke (drums), Gerd Führs (keys), and Heinz Fröhling (guitar, Mellotron) produced three outstanding albums on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Schicke Führs Fröhling (SFF) - The Collected Works of Schicke Führs Fröhling

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During their brief yet productive career from 1976 to 1978, the trio of Ede Schicke (drums), Gerd Führs (keys), and Heinz Fröhling (guitar, Mellotron) produced three outstanding albums on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Versus X - Versus X (Remastered)

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Some may have checked out Apogee's The Border of Awareness that we reviewed in the Musea overview a few issues back, which is essentially the solo project of Versus X bassist /...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Shingetsu / Serenade - Shingetsu, Night Collector & Akai Me No Kagami

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Shingetsu was one of the classic Japanese symphonic bands, and their self titled Shingetsu album from 1979 is highly regarded, and often compared to classic period Genesis, if only for the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Live Vol. 2 - 3 (Who Ma & Ran)

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After a three-year period (spent mostly making demos and being discovered by King Records), Suma appeared with a new band behind him. King coaxed him into the studio, and the albums Bi Kyo...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Live Vol. 2 - 3 (Who Ma & Ran)

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After a three-year period (spent mostly making demos and being discovered by King Records), Suma appeared with a new band behind him. King coaxed him into the studio, and the albums Bi Kyo...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Madoromi - Live Vol. 4

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The highly respected group Bi Kyo Ran was formed in 1974 by guitarist Kunio Suma. It was said that Bi Kyo Ran's early material resembled King Crimson, despite the fact that Suma had yet to hear...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Machiavel - Mechanical Moonbeams

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This is at least the third CD reissue of this third album by the Belgian band Machiavel: a near-bootleg issue transferred from scratchy vinyl was released in the late 80s, then last year it was...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Cathedral - Stained Glass Stories

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Some of your favorites don't have to be perfect. This sole album by the US band features a vocalist in over his head and a weak production far away...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-01-14)

Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage

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Beyond the Lighted Stage is directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen's look under the hood at the venerable Canadian trio, with the bulk of the content based on personal interviews with...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Church of Hawkwind - Church of Hawkwind

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[this was written about the 1994 reissue on Griffin Records - ed.]

The 1982 incarnation of Hawkwind that wrote Church of Hawkwind comprised Dave "Baron von" Brock, Harvey...

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(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1994-08-01)

Hualun - Asian River

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For their second release, this Wuhan post-rock crew has stepped up a few notches from their debut, Silver Daydream (

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Bing and Ruth - City Lake (Expanded Edition)

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I first encountered this ensemble with their 2014 release Tomorrow Was the Golden Age, and now RVNG has re-released their previous effort, City Lake, originally from 2010. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-08)

Satin Whale - Desert Places & Lost Mankind

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For the latter part of their career, Satin Whale were a commercially oriented rock group who's music fell way outside of much of the more progressive German rock of the era. However, their...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - A Sepiachord Passport

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There is a sub-genre of speculative fiction called Steampunk (see Wikipedia) and a corresponding musical sub-genre. For many...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-04-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Not long ago, you may recall, this Norwegian band gave us their debut releases: the mini-CD Sorrow and its full-length companion Tears Laid In Earth. These were promising but...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Somewhere between Hawkwind at half speed and Ozric Tentacles at quarter impulse lies The 3rd and ghe Mortal – floating out into space at a pace that'll make you swear you're moving in...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Scandinavian symphonic rock groups are discernibly gaining their own sound now. Following in the footsteps of groups like Anekdoten, Landberk, and especially White Willow (who could be their...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Tears Laid in Earth

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This new Norwegian band are already eliciting comparisons to White Willow, but that is actually a somewhat superficial comparison used for lack of a better one. The Third and the Mortal bridge the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Hatfield and the North - John Peel Session (12th January 1973)

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McLatchey's Second Tier

The great Hatfield and the North only released two albums in their lifetime and then an odds-and-ends album a few years later, so unless you're a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-08-04)

Mike Keneally - Boil That Dust Speck

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Having made his solo debut in 1992 with the fantastic Hat, Mike Keneally returns with his second album of bizarre and unique musical entertainment. A member of Frank Zappa's '88...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-07-01)

Mike Keneally - Boil That Dust Speck

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In a genre dominated by long tracks, fantastical lyrical content and a far too serious posture, it's nice to see someone go against the grain. Keneally has put together an album that has 30...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

Mike Keneally - Boil That Dust Speck

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Mike Keneally's first album (entitled hat, released in 1992) was an eclectic mix of humor, musicianship, and rock-n-roll. This former Zappa stunt guitarist can shred with the best of...

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(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-07-01)

Robert Rich - Ylang

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It seems that every new project that Robert Rich immerses himself in — be it solo or collaborative — adds another level of enlightenment to whatever comes after it, carried forward to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Alan Jenkins & The Thurston Lava Tube - Free Surf #1 & #2

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The idea of “experimental surf music” might seem odd, even contradictory, at first thought, but a little consideration should revise that assessment. A lot of the famous surf tunes of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-27)

Univers Zéro - Clivages

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The word "darkness" is often prominently mentioned in descriptions of the music of Univers Zéro, and there are certainly aspects of this newest release that fit that mold. However,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Goblin - Roller

Cover art Nice to see this one reissued again, as it was only available many years ago as a very limited edition in Japan. Goblin were a group of musicians who did many horror soundtracks, the best of which,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

The Green Pajamas - Book of Hours

Cover art With a bit of effort, I can take myself back mentally to when Book of Hours came out. I was quite familiar with the Green Pajamas by that time, with their single "Kim the Waitress" stuck in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-12-31)

Barry Cleveland - Hologramatron

Cover art Barry Cleveland considers his new album a departure from past efforts. I’d agree, only insofar as many of the songs feature vocals. But for those who recall Cleveland’s lauded 2004 album,...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2010-07-01)

Secta Sònica - Fred Pedralbes / Astroferia

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[This review refers to a 1994 reissue on PDI. -ed.]

Imagine a completely instrumental Allman Brothers, or perhaps more accurately the fusion of the Allman spin-off band Sea Level,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Secta Sònica - Fred Pedralbes / Astroferia

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[This review refers to a 1994 reissue on PDI. -ed.]

Imagine a completely instrumental Allman Brothers, or perhaps more accurately the fusion of the Allman spin-off band Sea Level,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Pekka Pohjola - Five Reissues

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For anyone not yet familiar with the name of Pekka Pohjola, he is a Finnish composer, bandleader, and bassist among bassists primarily, but also fluent on piano, synthesizer, and trumpet as well....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Labirinto di Specchi - Hanblecheya

Cover art This Italian five-piece has been around for about ten years as of this writing, and although an earlier demo La Maschera della Visione exists, Hanblecheya is the band’s first...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-12-27)

Doubt - Never Pet a Burning Dog

Cover art Keyboardist Alex Maguire's new trio, flavored with the occasional Canterbury tinge, is a testament to the durability of that jazz-rock essence on European musicians. Maguire's insane fuzzy electric...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2010-07-01)

Total Normal - Total Normal

Cover art Total Normal is Thierry Vaudor, a French Canadian multimedia artist applying his electroacoustic background from the University of Montreal to create interesting musical compositions. Total Normal...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Causa Sui - Summer Sessions

Cover art Causa Sui is a Danish powerhouse of spacy, extended psychedelic stoner-rock jams. With two releases to their credit – their previous Free Ride from 2007 received a glowing review in these...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Three Shanghai Bands

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These three bands hail from Shanghai, a city known for avant-garde music, and they certainly fit that categorization; they share members, several of whom have also worked in other prominent...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Amoeba Split - Dance of the Goodbyes

Cover art The tentacles of Canterbury reach far and wide, but Spain is not all that far, really. This is a reissue of the Spanish quintet’s debut album from 2010, which went out of print within months of its...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-08-30)

Modest Midget - The Great Prophecy of a Small Man

Cover art Lionel Ziblat is an Israeli / Argentinean composer and musician based in Holland, and is the visionary and driving force behind Modest Midget, a four-piece touring band, although many more musicians...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Stick Men - Soup & Absalom

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It's been a number of years since the Tony Levin Band was active, though of course Mr. Levin himself has been busy, with a couple of solo albums and frequent work as bassist-for-hire. Stick Men is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-15)

Alpine Decline - Alpine Decline & Visualizations

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There are a lot of bands in the world, millions probably, and each one is unique in some way or other. But Alpine Decline is more unique than most. I know "more unique" is not semantically correct...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-12-04)

Alpine Decline - Alpine Decline & Visualizations

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There are a lot of bands in the world, millions probably, and each one is unique in some way or other. But Alpine Decline is more unique than most. I know "more unique" is not semantically correct...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-12-04)

Dungen - Skit i Alt

Cover art Dungen is a four-piece band of guitar, bass and drums together with composer Gustav Ejstes, a keyboard player who also plays flute and guitar. He sings in a nice nasal tenor style much like Porcupine...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Makaras Pen - Makaras Pen

Cover art If you’re in the mood for dreamy female vocals drenched in reverb, there’s a bunch of bands you can turn to, many of whom populate the Projekt roster, but if you feel like a little more energy in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Robert Schroeder - Cream & Esthétique

Cover art German electronic musician Robert Schroeder has always been on the commercial side of the EM spectrum, with some even calling his music from the 80s new age. Certainly one thing that’s been a...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2014-01-23)

Catafalchi del Cyber - Benediktus Und Vobis Quoque Catafalcus Est Tu

Cover art Continuing in the venerable tradition of Italian bands having odd names is Catafalchi del Cyber, who further expand on the trend by giving their album a lengthy title that seems to incorporate several...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-07-15)

Salim Ghazi Saeedi - Human Encounter & Iconophobic

Cover art When you think of Iran, all kinds of thoughts and images related to current events may be conjured up, but not progressive music. Apparently there is a small musical community there, as evidenced by...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-04-01)

Hanggai - He Who Travels Far

Cover art Since their 2008 debut CD, this band from Inner Mongolia (currently resident in Beijing) has become a world music festival favorite, playing WOMAD, among others. That release blended the earthy sounds...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Jason Robinson - The Two Faces of Janus

Cover art Over the last few decades, the main stream jazz has stagnated, become so codified that real creativity is virtually ruled out. It's hard to imagine Charles Mingus or Miles Davis fitting in with what...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-08-22)

Dennis Rea - Views from Chicheng Precipice

Cover art Classical Chinese poetry, like Japanese haiku, even in English translation, can be very evocative, carefully choosing certain details to trigger the mind to fill in an entire scene. For the most part...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Seconds Late for the Brighton Line

Cover art 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of this band as well as a major change to their lineup. Long time band member Niels van Hoorn departed because of the demands of constant touring, reducing the band to...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Picchio dal Pozzo - A_Live

Cover art Many great Italian progressive bands reformed in the 90s and early 00s (some returned to their roots after years of producing pop music), and PDP is one example of a band that made a real difference...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

The Pineapple Thief - Someone Here Is Missing

Cover art The Pineapple Thief have always had an affinity for indie rock that’s put them at the forefront of the new generation of British prog bands. They push the envelope even further here, with a modern...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Echo Us - Tomorrow Will Tell the Story

Cover art Here's one I really go back and forth on. Sometimes the over-the-top production gets on my nerves, exhibiting a kind of end-state for the maximalist recording style that started in the 70s, where more...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-07-24)

Johnny Unicorn - Sweet Edith & Thinking Hard

Cover art Currently based in Seattle, by way of SoCal, Johnny Unicorn produces a twisted and offbeat take on progressive art-pop, which is at once intelligent and ambitious, full of brilliant writing, arranging...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

Trimtab - The House, the Car, and the Map

Cover art This collection of tunes was started in Minnesota before leader Jason Goessl relocated to Seattle, where he has since assembled a new version of the band. This complex music is the result of his...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Tim Motzer + Markus Reuter - Descending

Cover art Guitarist Tim Motzer and touch guitarist Markus Reuter establish an instant atmospheric rapport on their first joint effort together. The first song, “1200 Sundays,” is beautiful and sounds...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2010-07-01)

Todd Clouser - Todd Clouser's A Love Electric

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Todd Clouser's main idiom is what you might call soul-jazz — jazz with a very high groove quotient and a clear relation to the blues. It's a style that dates back to the late 50s and has been...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-07-02)

Lebowski - Cinematic

Cover art Whenever I see the name Lebowski I immediately think of Jeff Bridges, “The Dude.” But in this case Lebowski is a Polish progressive rock band. But there is a movie tie-in here as their debut...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-07-02)

Rieg - Return & The Absynth Ritual

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Back in the late 70s/early 80s, the heyday of experimental music, there was an obscure Norwegian composer Rieg who released three excellent industrial powerhouse electronic cassettes:...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-06-23)

Frogg Café - Bateless Edge

Cover art New York’s Frogg Café has released one of the most interesting albums of the year with Bateless Edge. This is a 77-minute CD with eight songs ranging from five to 14 minutes, three of...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Djam Karet - The Heavy Soul Sessions

Cover art Over the last four or five years, Djam Karet has gone through some evolutionary changes. Gayle Ellett has switched from guitars to primarily analog keyboards, and a fifth member Mike Murray has been...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Clogs - The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton

Cover art It's an actual place: Lady Walton's Giardini La Mortella acts as a foundation in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir William Walton, provides the setting for classical performances and –...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2011-06-01)

Else Teicher - Whored

Cover art Very little is available regarding Ms. Teicher, the only information I could find is on the BlRR web site. Apparently Else has been releasing limited run cassettes and CDRs for the past 20 years, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Forever Twelve - Taking Forever

Cover art Many years ago this writer saw Forever Twelve perform at the Prog-West pre-show along with Bay Area band Ashpool. At that point, this Los Angeles based quintet were just getting started, on the heels...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2012-05-16)

Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral

Cover art This two disc set documents one of Roach’s rare live performances, this one at San Francisco's historic Grace Cathedral on June 29, 2007. The natural reverb of the performance space meshes well with...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Cédric Vuille - Faire

Cover art Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Vuille may be better known as a founder member of the Swiss Band L’Ensemble Rayé, and Debile Menthol before that. But with little to no recording activity from...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Blue Cranes - Observatories

Cover art Blue Cranes are from Portland, Oregon; led by two saxophones, one alto and one tenor. The band has a remarkable style, having heard Monk and Zorn but wanting to play straightforward rock melodies....  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Guru Guru - Wiesbaden 1973

Cover art This show, recorded at Wartburg Auditorium on September 17th '73, features original guitarist Ax Genrich and drummer Mani Neumeier, along with new bassist Hans Hartmann, who had just replaced outgoing...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-23)

Radio Noisz Ensemble - Odiszée-Parck

Cover art Radio Noisz Ensemble was the successor band to the more folk-oriented six-piece Emma Myldenberger, who released two LPs in the late 1970s, and followed those with a live cassette after the turn of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-30)

Iron Kim Style - Iron Kim Style

Cover art It starts out with a loose groove and wah-wah trumpet, so the first impression is of electric Miles Davis, though with more guitar and no keyboards. Later, as more diverse elements show up, that...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Randy California - Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds

Cover art Although this may be slightly outside the realm of what's usually considered progressive, this will still be of interest to many fans of the genre, if only because of California's amazing guitar...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-02-01)

Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten, Osamu, Masterless Samurai, & Dragon King

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After spending much of the 1960's in the successful Japanese rock band The Launchers, Kitajima moved to to the UK and worked with a number of British bands, and released a very obscure self-titled...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-15)

Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten, Osamu, Masterless Samurai, & Dragon King

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After spending much of the 1960's in the successful Japanese rock band The Launchers, Kitajima moved to to the UK and worked with a number of British bands, and released a very obscure self-titled...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-15)

Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten, Osamu, Masterless Samurai, & Dragon King

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After spending much of the 1960's in the successful Japanese rock band The Launchers, Kitajima moved to to the UK and worked with a number of British bands, and released a very obscure self-titled...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-15)

Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten, Osamu, Masterless Samurai, & Dragon King

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After spending much of the 1960's in the successful Japanese rock band The Launchers, Kitajima moved to to the UK and worked with a number of British bands, and released a very obscure self-titled...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-15)

Introvisión - 08:36:59

Cover art If a prog band has guitar sounds that resemble heavy metal, does that make it prog metal? I'd have to say no, and Costa Rica's Introvisión is a perfect example of why not. Yes, the guitar often...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-08)

World's End Girlfriend - Seven Idiots

Cover art Occupying a distinct netherworld where the realms of electronic music, avant garde, post-rock, and modern classical music intersect, World's End Girlfriend (the nom de musique of Katsuhiko...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages

Cover art Sigh of Ages is Steve Roach's fourth release of 2010. Six continuous tracks totaling 74 minutes take you on a journey that is deep, dark and hypnotic for its duration. You either really like...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Paolo Angeli - Tibi

Cover art Part concert, part love letter to an instrument, this is a fascinating piece of work. Recorded in Bologna, Italy in 2009, this is a one-man concert by Paolo Angeli on a highly modified Sardinian...  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Algernon - Ghost Surveillance

Cover art Lately I've been listening to a lot of music that is labeled "post-rock," and like many genre labels, there is a point at which it becomes meaningless. World's End Girlfriend, GYBE, Hualun, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Impulse Ensemble - Initiation

Cover art Ethnic world jazz fusion, in general terms, is nothing new; Embryo, Paul Winter, Piirpauke, and others have been doing this a long time, but it's all the possibilities and permutations withing that...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-08)

Ukab Maerd - The Waiting Room

Cover art Spelled backwards it's Dream Baku, a shaded reference to Djam Karet's A Night for Baku CD from about eight years ago. This is an improvisational project featuring founding DK members Chuck...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Godsticks - Spiral Vendetta

Cover art Beginning with the obvious, Darran Charles, Godsticks' singer and principal songwriter, wants to be Adrian Belew. His high tenor perfectly mimics those eccentric, fluid melodies with emphasis through...  » Read more
(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

ScienceNV - Pacific Circumstances

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This is the second release by this San Francisco based quartet, their odd name coming from the fact that all four members are trained and working scientists, although that most certainly doesn't...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Sugar Skulls - The Little Death

Cover art This CD is some serious fun. Serious because the musicians really know what they're doing, both in the composing and playing. Fun because they have a playful (though adult) sense of humor about their...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-01)

Rudy Adrian - Distant Stars

Cover art As its title boldly suggests, Rudy Adrian's latest (and his third for Lotuspike) launches the listener into the ambient expanses of deep space, leaving the earth – elements of which provided the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

K Leimer - Degraded Certainties

Cover art Kerry Leimer's newest work delves deeply into the process side of ambient fabrications. Here, he gathers source elements that include strings, bells, and percussive sounds, and then runs them through...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Rick Wakeman - Past, Present and Future

Cover art At the outset, it would appear that reviewing three CDs of solo piano music from keyboardist Rick Wakeman would be a daunting task. While wrestling with the perception that the pianist can easily sit...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 16

Cover art The Garden of Delights label has a long history of issuing compilations pulled from their vast library of mostly obscure, German prog and psych bands from the 70s. Entry 16 moves the series forward in...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2013-04-01)

Snapline - Future Eyes & Phenomena

Cover art Going strictly on listening to these two CDs, which share many track titles, you might guess that Phenomena is a collection of demos for Future Eyes. The Phenomena tracks...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-04-01)

Tohpati Ethnomission - Selamatkan Bumi (Save the Planet)

Cover art This album has so much going for it I'm not sure where to begin. When you start it up, you hear a brief bit of bass, an interesting ambient wash of indistinct notes, and some echoing flute. Then the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-04-01)

Sándor Szabó & Kevin Kastning - Returning

Cover art For readers who have memorized every review this magazine has published, I won't have to remind you that we've covered the two previous releases by this duo of unusual guitarists. For the rest of our...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Steve Tibbetts - Natural Causes

Cover art On first listen, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that Natural Causes might be a collection of out-takes from Tibbetts' 1982 album Northern Song, his very first LP for ECM....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Tokyo Jihen - Sports

Cover art Since its founding in 2004, singer Shiina Ringo's band Tokyo Jihen (The Tokyo Incidents) has been a very eclectic and creative entry in the Japanese rock scene. Their latest effort is no exception, a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Stick Man - Fretless

Cover art On Neil Haverstick's ninth CD, he offers a compilation of all the fretless pieces from his previous CDs. Four of seven tracks exceed the ten-minute mark and feel improvised, sometimes enhanced with...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Lonely China Day - This Easily Assimilative People

Cover art I wrote about this Chinese band’s previous CD back in #36. On this latest effort, they continue their path moving away from sounds typical of rock bands and further into the esoteric realms of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Solstice - Spirit

Cover art One of the bright spots of 2010 was the return of Solstice. It's been 13 years since their last studio effort, Circles, and I was beginning to wonder if they'd ever return. Other than Andy...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Embryo - Surfin'

Cover art Embryo is one of the seminal German bands from the 60s that have continued to record and perform. Surfin', released in 1975, was their seventh album. Their earlier albums featured...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-04-01)

Voltaire - Spooky Songs for Creepy Kids

Cover art Aurelio Voltaire Hernández aka Voltaire is a popular dark cabaret Cuban-American musician. He is also an experienced animator, comic artist, and a professor at the School of Visual Arts...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-04-01)

The Pretty Things - Honey, I Need / I Can Never Say

Cover art The Pretty Things have been around for over 50 years and are arguably the best R'n'B band the UK ever produced. One of the founding fathers, guitarist Dick Taylor, was originally with the Rolling...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-04-01)

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2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Virgil Moorefield - Distractions on the Way to the King's Party – Moorefield was a guitarist (one of many), then drummer, with Glenn Branca's ensemble for many years. This is his first album in a decade and his first for Cuneiform. He plays drums here and did all of...  (1994) » Read more

George & Caplin - He Really Got through to Advertising – At first I was tempted to look up one of my previous George and Caplin reviews and just recycle a bit, but in all fairness, this CD actually is different than the others. It’s much more...  (2008) » Read more

Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - React – Space is the place for this live set – marking the 30th anniversary of Chuck van Zyl’s Star’s End. Synthesized voices overlap lap steel guitar phrases that sometimes float, sometimes...  (2008) » Read more

Ozone Player - Frozen Paint on Boiling Canvas – What an opener for an album! I’m talking about “The Sprawl.” Fine sounds, imaginative sequencing, nimble-fingered playing, stunning composition. Ozone Player is a composer from...  (2006) » Read more

Holy Lamb - Salt of the Earth – What’s a prog band from Latvia doing on Mellow singing in fluent English? Looking for an international piece of the pie, I guess, and it looks like to some degree they may get it. I sometimes...  (2001) » Read more



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