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Ashley Reaks - Growth Spurts

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Musical collage artist Ashley Reak is back with another set of art-rock tunes, and once again he straddles musical streams without regard to how far he needs to stretch his legs. And that metaphor...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-18)

The Anthony Phillips Band - Invisible Men

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By the early 80s, Anthony Phillips had already recorded seven solo albums, beginning with the heavily orchestrated The Geese and the Ghost in 1977, then moving on to more song oriented...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-04)

Luiz Pérez Ixoneztli - The Mountains of Madness

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Remember those vintage synthesizers back in the early 60s, before they were attached to keyboards? Those days when electronic music was synonymous with something wildly experimental and free, not...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-13)

Parafulmini - Tenere Fuori dalla Portata dei Bambini

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Here is another oddball release out of Italy. Parafulmini, Italian for lightning rods, has just released Tenere Fuori dalla Portata dei Bambini (Keep Out of the Reach of Children), a set...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-10)

NI - Dedoda

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It seems kind of odd that I should have two bands with the same name in my review stack at the same time — it’s certainly never happened before. This NI is from Austria, and they seem...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-18)

Kauan - Kaiho

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Before even hearing the music, the story behind this band is interesting enough to pique the curiosity. Russian musician Anton Belov fell in love with the sound of heavy metal from Finland, feeling...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-14)

Josefin Winther - Righteously Wrong

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This album is a prime example of music that transcends genre by sheer quality. Josefin Winther is a Norwegian singer with a voice that ranges from delicate melancholy to anguished power, and this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-07)

Jambinai - Différance

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Like many people around the world, I first heard of Jambinai when they played at the Seoul Winter Olympics closing ceremony in February of 2018. I was so intrigued by the combination of Korean...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-03)

Slap Guru - Cosmic Hill

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Slap Guru is a Spanish band drawing heavily on 70s blues rock, with a dash of psych. Cosmic Hill is their debut release and if I could sum up my review in one word, it would be...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-25)

Cirkus - Wild Dogs

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Cirkus is a progressive rock band from Quebec, not newcomers (there are four songs here – a full half of the first disc, that were written in the 70s when two members of the trio were part of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-09)

Semiramis - Frazz Live

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In 1973, a one-and-done group of Italians in their mid-teens formed Semiramis and released Dedicato a Frazz, an amazingly complex and beautiful progressive album classic that no serious...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-11)

Blue Dawn - Edge of Chaos

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Edge of Chaos is Blue Dawn’s third album and it showcases a maturing band and a very cohesive set of tunes. They continue to be influenced by doom metal, dark gothic, and progressive...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-08)

Il Cerchio d'Oro - Il Fuoco sotto la Cenere

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Il Cerchio d’Oro continue their musical journey with another excellent album, Il Fuoco sotto la Cenere (The Fire under the Ashes). The lineup is slightly different from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-04)

Deluge Grander - Oceanarium

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Deluge Grander albums are always chewy affairs, full of dense and quirky instrumental textures, compositional detours, forays into music hall, classical chamber sonnets, and grooving rock. Fans...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2018-06-30)

Desert Wizards - Beyond the Gates of the Cosmic Kingdom

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Italian band Desert Wizards’ second full-length album, Beyond the Gates of the Cosmic Kingdom, builds upon their 2013 album, Ravens, and shows a more focussed band. Like on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-01)

Muffx - L’Ora di Tutti

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Muffx is an Italian prog rock band who just released their fourth studio album, L’ora di Tutti, an instrumental concept album inspired by the Turkish invasion of Otranto in Southern...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-27)

Various Artists - A Tribute to the Madmen (Marc Bolan - David Bowie)

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Since David Bowie’s passing in January 2016 there has been a resurgence in interest in his music, with his back catalog being reissued on vinyl plus various tribute albums. A Tribute to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-20)

Rez Abbasi - Unfiltered Universe

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When I last (and first) encountered Rez Abbasi was on Behind the Vibration last year. That release featured the guitarist as leader of a group called Junction. He’s also recorded...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-04)

Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition - Agrima

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I’m going to spare you the comparisons to other jazz sax players and just flat-out say that Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the best players today in terms of creativity and having a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-14)

Chromium Hawk Machine - Annunaki

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Here is an interesting blend of musicians, music, and influences. Chromium Hawk Machine is the joint effort of Hawkwind founder Nik Turner, Chrome’s guitarist Helios Creed, and Solid...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-24)

Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren - We Never Came to the White Sea

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The White Sea is a southern inlet of the Barents Sea, located on the northwest coast of Russia. It is surrounded by Karelia (formerly part of Finland, then an independent republic, then annexed by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-11)

Dave Kerzner - Static

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I didn’t know what to expect when I first popped this CD into my player. Dave Kerzner's bio lists work with Keith Emerson, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, Alan Parsons, Ringo Starr, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-13)

Vanilla Fudge - Live at Sweden Rocks 2016

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Two years ago in the quiet Swedish town of Norje near Salvesborg, 35,000 enthusiastic fans gathered to experience the heavy psychedelic presence of a band formed nearly 50 years ago, Vanilla Fudge....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-10)

Antoine Fafard - Proto Mundi

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It’s only been about a year since Fafard’s last release, Spheres, but the growth and development during that short period has resulted in his finest release to date. His four...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-07)

Simon Phillips - Protocol 4

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Coming of age as a music listener during the heyday of jazz-rock fusion, many of the classics of the genre made huge impressions on me that have lasted a lifetime. Mahavishnu Orchestra, Brand X,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-05)

Robert Szewczuga Trio - Moonrise

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Never heard of Szewczuga before? This outstanding bassist is one of the most promising young jazzmen in Poland today, but to date he has spent most of his career as a sideman or session player,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-21)

Gila - Gila

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Gila was a band from the Stuttgart area that played psychedelic and progressive rock music and existed in name from the spring of 1969 until the summer of 1974, although in the spring of ’72...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-28)

Steve Hackett - The Night Siren

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Steve Hackett has been making music long enough that he knows what he wants and he knows how to get there. And while in his case, that journey doesn’t involve crazy flights of avant-garde...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-22)

Rupture - Israel Suite / Dominante en Bleu

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Rupture was a one-off French musical project from 1973 that was formed by French songwriter Boris Bergman (France Gall, Dalida, etc.) and drummer / vocalist Sylvain Krief (Airto Fogo, Michel...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-14)

Galactic Explorers - Epitaph for Venus

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Guerssen has reissued another 70s Krautrock obscurity on their Mental Experience imprint. Epitaph for Venus is one of those mystery albums from the equally obscure Pyramid label produced...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-26)

Reaktor 4 - Pannschüppenczewski

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The one and only LP by this band from Bottrop-Vanderort in the Ruhr area of Germany exists only as a single copy (dub plate), created by the band as a gift to drummer Reinhold Stania in 1975. Why a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-11)

Vincent Priceless - Hunky Panky

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As a follow-up to Black Light Revival (2015), Vincent Priceless gives us Hunky Panky, another collection of catchy, clever tunes rooted in some of the best elements of 60s and 70s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-21)

Bill Nelson - Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights

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Since disbanding Be Bop Deluxe, Bill Nelson has maintained a two-pronged solo career, with some releases being song-oriented and others in the vein of atmospheric instrumental music — rather...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-12)

Osmosis - Osmosis

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It’s a lot easier to make a progressive rock record in 2018 than it was in 1970. All one needs to do is find one or more established progressive artists from decades past and model your sound...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-05)

M'Z - Prisme

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Next on your list of artists with names impossible to search for online, please add M’Z. Guitarist Mathieu Torres previously appeared on a couple of releases by a band called La...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-28)

Eela Craig - Virgin Oiland

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This fine Austrian band released their first, self-titled album in 1971, then perhaps more psychedelic rock than the symphonic progressive that they evolved into by their second album One...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-16)

Morpheus - Restless Dreams

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Who would have thought after all these years, but the band, which essentially began life as Opossum in 1971, is still alive and kicking (and I mean kicking!) today some 45+ years later. Opossum was...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-23)

Anthony Phillips - Slow Dance

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As it happens, this lavish reissue package arrived in my mail on the same day as the new album by Simon Phillips (

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-08)

M(h)ysteria - Family Drug

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This group is an awkwardly named (how are you supposed to pronounce it?) three-piece that could be described as a very edgy keyboard trio. The man at the keys is Giovanni Di Domenico, who is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-17)

Tandaapushi - Borromean Rings

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This trio features the instrumentation of drum kit, bass, electric guitar, pianet electric piano, no-input mixing board, and “amplified objects.” The liner notes are explicit about the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-17)

Third Ear Band - Exorcisms & Spirits

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Third Ear Band from the beginning was one of the strangest sounding bands, and remains so to this day. I remember bringing home the LP of the band’s first album Alchemy (bought...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-30)

Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra - Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra

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Dr. Nolan Stolz is a music educator, an assistant professor of music at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he teaches courses in theory, composition, popular music studies, and drum...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-23)

Tusmørke - Bydyra

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In the spectrum of Scandinavian progressive rock, Tusmørke skews generally towards the folksy, pastoral side rather than the heavy, dramatic side. And while members of the band are also...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-10)

Dr. Aftershave - In the Diving Bell

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After Mussus Beastly split up (for the nth time) in the fall of 1979, bassist Norbert Dömling, keyboard player Burkhard Scmidl, and drummer Marlon Klein, who had just joined Missus Beastly...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-20)

Geoffrey Downes / Christopher Braide - Skyscraper Souls

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I heard the previous DBA album, Suburban Ghosts, a couple years ago, and honestly didn’t like it that much, so I approached Skyscraper Souls with low expectations. To my...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-03)

Breidablik - Penumbra

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I’ll admit that the first time I listened to Penumbra, it left me impatient for something more to happen and a little bit bored, but I’m glad I stuck with it. The lesson, of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-31)

Dark Radish - Dark Radish

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This French trio fits in with a trend that seems to be bubbling up around the world (primarily Europe and North America) of music that blends jazz and rock in a way that’s different from the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-27)

Distant Horizon - Laniakea

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Released in June 2017, Laniakea is the debut EP from Finland’s Distant Horizon. Distant Horizon is a young band consisting of the three Lehto brothers Joona (guitar), Jere (bass),...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-04)

Bent Knee - Land Animal

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Bent Knee is one of those bands where saying “The new album is more of the same” is high praise. Their music is so distinctive and enjoyable that a substantial change is not at all...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-24)

The Luck of Eden Hall / Red Sun - Psychedelic Battles - Volume Four

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Italian vinyl label Vincebus Eruptum is releasing a series of split LPs called Psychedelic Battles with one band per side. The first volume featured Sendelica and Da Captain Trips, the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-25)

Michael P. Dawson - Paleozoic

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The Paleozoic Era is one of the most important periods in planet Earth’s history, beginning around 550 million years ago, when, due to a slowing of geologic activity, the oceans had cooled...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-13)

Vibravoid - Mushroom Mantras

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I first encountered Vibravoid about 10 years ago, I think from a YouTube video, but I cannot be sure. I rapidly discovered that no one in the US carried any of their releases, causing me to explore...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-21)

Juha Kujanpää Ensemble - Niin Kauas Kuin Siivet Kantaa

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Finnish composer and keyboardist Juha Kujanpää’s music straddles folk, jazz, rock, and theater music. His new album Niin kauas kuin siivet kantaa, or in English To...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-11)

Hadal Sherpa - Hadal Sherpa

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Hadal Sherpa is a relatively new progressive rock band from Finland wih an outstanding self-released first offering. From the city of Vantaa, they’ve been together as a band since the end of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-02)

Dreadnaught - Hard Chargin'

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There are a lot of bands out there called Dreadnaught. If you are looking for the metal band from Australia, this is definitely not them. This Dreadnaught’s roots go back to the University of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-16)

Cymbeline - 1965 - 1971

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This time Guerssen has unearthed some excellent Swedish DIY psychedelia from the late 60s / early 70s. To give you a bit of history, Cymbeline (aka Motala Ström and W&J) formed in the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-04)

Kai Reznik - Awkward Motions

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In the various streams of electronic music, Kai Reznik occupies a distinct area infused with elements of experimental and industrial music, but presented in a more-or-less song-oriented way. There...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-06)

Emilio Aparicio Moog - Expansión Galáctica (Música Electrónica)

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After the release of Wendy Carlos’ ground-breaking Switched-on Bach in 1968, everyone who had the money bought a Moog and started recording electronic music, some of which was offal....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-28)

Moonpedro and the Sinking Ship - Let's Pig

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Moonpedro is the musical persona of Chilean-Norwegian writer Pedro Carmona-Alvarez, who has numerous novels and collections of poetry to his credit. For some ten years or more, he’s been...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-20)

Causa Sui - Vibraciones Doradas

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Every time a new album comes out by this Danish instrumental rock powerhouse I expect to be blown away by it, and I always am. Somehow I missed reviewing 2016’s Return to Sky, which...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-12)

The Dalton Correction - Beware of Yarara

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There is not a whole lot of information about this power quartet from Buenos Aires, but Beware of Yarara could be their debut album, and a killer one at that! Like the Ramones, everyone in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-25)

Wadada Leo Smith - Najwa & Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk

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These two recent releases by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith present very different sides to this many-faceted artist. Najwa is a group outing with eight musicians; Solo is, as the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-22)

Wadada Leo Smith - Najwa & Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk

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These two recent releases by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith present very different sides to this many-faceted artist. Najwa is a group outing with eight musicians; Solo is, as the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-22)

Embryo - Umsonst und Draußen – Vlotho 1977

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Following the Embryo Live album, recorded in February 1976, but not released until 1977, a lot of changes were in store for the band. Both woodwind player Charlie Mariano and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-23)

The Great Harry Hillman - Tilt

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Nope. There’s nobody in the band named Harry Hillman. The band is named after Harry Hillman, the American hurdler who won three gold medals in the 1904 Summer Olympics in St.Louis. The band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-26)

Raoul Björkenheim / Ecstasy - Doors of Perception

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For the third outing with his Ecstasy quartet, Raoul Björkenheim continues to delve into the possibilities of electric guitar combined with saxophone, upright bass, and drums. This highly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-06)

Trappist Afterland - Afterlander

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Sugarbush Records is reissuing the back catalog of Trappist Afterland on limited runs of 180 gram vinyl, the first being 2015’s Afterlander. My first exposure to the band was their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-07)

Hudson-Ford - The A&M Albums

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Richard Hudson and John Ford (drums and bass respectively) began as the rhythm section of Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, who later, sans-Elmer, with the addition of guitarist and singer Paul...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-05)

The Green Ray - Half Sentences

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Half Sentences is a superb album by England’s The Green Ray issued on lime green vinyl by Sugarbush Records. Dating back to the mid-90s, mates Ken Whaley and Richard Treece formed...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-18)

A.R. & Machines - The Art of German Psychedelic 1970-1974

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This ten disc box set and companion 96 page LP-size hardbound book is the story of an Akai X-330D open reel tape machine and the man who became its captive, one Achim Reichel, ex-member of German...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-16)

Panko - Weil Es So Schön Perlt

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I suppose as rarities go, this one qualifies as almost-lost. Panko, or Panko Musik as they were often known, existed from about 1968 until 1972, named after the Pankow area of Berlin where they...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-12)

Jodie Lowther - Klepsydra, Skeleton Moon & Circles and Holes

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Jodie Lowther is one half on London-based electronic band Quimper, whom we’ve been covering for a few years now. Jodie provides vocals and visual art for Quimper, but she is an experimental...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-31)

The Ed Palermo Big Band - The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren & Great Un-American Songbook I-II

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How big is big? Here, across 43 tracks, arranger and conductor Palermo has mastered the task of adapting works originally created by smaller groups for the big band treatment. He’s been doing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-17)

The Ed Palermo Big Band - The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren & Great Un-American Songbook I-II

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How big is big? Here, across 43 tracks, arranger and conductor Palermo has mastered the task of adapting works originally created by smaller groups for the big band treatment. He’s been doing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-17)

French TV - Operation: Mockingbird

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For Operation: Mockingbird, labeled “Number Twelve,” veteran avant-prog band French TV consists of founder Mike Sary with Mark L. Perry (drums) and Katsumi Yoneda (guitar),...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-03)

Çub - Musique Actuelle (Éducation Civique)

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I’d never heard of this French band before hearing this album, but I am certainly hooked now. This is a wild take on tricky odd-meter instrumental rock with a lot of craziness thrown in....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-24)

Erik Wøllo - Cinematic

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It’s pretty common to describe music as “cinematic” when it has a certain feeling to it, a kind of wide palette that somehow gives the impression that it would work well as the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-13)

Amy Denio - The Big Embrace

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Amy Denio has her musical hands in so many different projects that it’s hard to keep up with her. Between touring and recording with The Tiptons, Kultur Shock, Correo Aereo Trio, Ou, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-03)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 17 & 18

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Since the Garden of Delights label began in the early 1990s (they were originally called Penner Records), they have produced this Psychedelic Underground promotional series, each one...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-23)

Bubblemath - Edit Peptide

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Listening to this new release from Bubblemath, I couldn’t help but compare it to Cheer-Accident’s Putting off Death. Both groups are American bands with a penchant for...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-02)

The Green Pajamas - Supernatural Afternoon

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Supernatural Afternoon is a brand new album on purple vinyl from Seattle’s Green Pajamas. The album is a collection of pop-psych love ballads and protest songs. The opening song,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-11)

Machine Mass - Plays Hendrix

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Machine Mass regulars Tony Bianco (drums) and Michel Delville (guitar, loops, samples, and electronics) this time have teamed up with keyboard player Antoine Guenet of The Wrong Object and others...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-16)

4S'D - Man or Muffin

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In the aftermath of The Muffins’ demise as a band, this group stands as a clear successor, with this album growing out of tunes that were originally planned for The Muffins as far back as...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-10)

Schizo Fun Addict - The Sun Yard (Special Edition)

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US band Schizo Fun Addict first appeared on vinyl on Bracken Records in 2007, Andy Bracken’s indie label that was the precursor to Fruits de Mer Records. Schizo Fun Addict was also the first...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-04)

Various Artists - Soft Bodies Bleed Out

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There is not a whole lot of information on the net about Soft Bodies Records. When you search for them, all that you can find is blogs with links to their releases, most of which you can download...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-15)

Karakorum - Beteigeuze

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Karakorum is yet another progressive rock band weaving elements of classic 70s music into a modern style. They’re based in Mühldorf, Germany, though in many ways they remind me of recent...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-20)

We Like We - Next to the Entire All

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This Danish quartet may have an awkward name, but they certainly have a unique sound. The group consists of Katrine Grarup Elbo (violin), Josefine Opsahl (cello), Sara Nigard Rosendal (percussion,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-17)

Vibravoid - Mushroom Mantras

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Vibravoid. Even their name by itself sounds psychedelic, and if that’s what you are looking for you’ve definitely come to the right place. From Düsseldorf, they are a trio led by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-12)

Atomic Rooster - Sleeping for Years - The Studio Recordings 1970-1974

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Atomic Rooster was one of the most spirited and pioneering progressive rock units of the early 70s in Britain, and this four-disc clamshell box set certainly goes a long way to offer the evidence...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-09)

Jeffrey Koepper - Transmitter

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Recorded live for Chuck Van Zyl’s Stars End radio show on WXPN, Philadelphia on June 18th 2017, Transmitter features pulsating rhythms, atmospheric synth textures, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-02)

Major Parkinson - Blackbox

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If you’re fond of figuring out which musical boxes artists should go into, this Norwegian band will drive you nuts. They’re progressive rock, of course. Until they aren’t. Then...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-30)

Keith Emerson - Emerson Plays Emerson

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The late Keith Emerson needs no introduction to readers of Exposé; his tenure with The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Emerson Lake & Powell, 3, and well over a dozen solo...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-29)

Swunk - Soundscapes

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Neapolitan quartet Swunk has released their second album on Italy Sound Lab. Their name can take on several meainings. From Old English, it means hard work, and it also is the conjunction of swing,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-28)

Echo Us - To Wake a Dream in Moving Water

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Portlandian multi-instrumentalist Ethan Matthews has been recording music since he was 18 years old in 1996, first in the progressive metal band Greyhaven and now his solo efforts as Echo Us. His...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-23)

Michael Trew - Waiting in the Wings

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With the five Autumn Electric albums, Michael Trew developed a unique style of music that drew from folk rock and progressive rock with an artistic do-it-yourself attitude. But he always had some...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-27)

Strawbs - The Ferryman's Curse

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The list of bands which got their start in the 60s and are still recording new music is getting shorter every year, and few of them have maintained their level of creativity like Strawbs....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-24)

Strawbs - The Ferryman's Curse

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The long awaited new studio album from British veteran folk-rockers Strawbs is one that most listeners will surely find to be worth the wait. It’s been a good five years since Hero &...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-24)

Electric Orange - EOXXV

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Electric Orange, led by keyboard player Dirk Jan Müller, has been around since the early 90s, and have over three dozen releases to their credit, many of which are live CDR releases by the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-21)

Lucille Furs - Lucille Furs

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The world of psychedelic rock seems to be having a genuine Renaissance these days, with more groups than I can count putting out music, and luckily a lot of it is good. We’ve got everything...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-17)

Deluge Grander - Oceanarium

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Deluge Grander is no stranger to Exposé and our readers, but their fourth album, Oceanarium, is my first exposure to the band. Oceanarium is the second in a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-12)

The Spacelords - Water Planet

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Tell you what — if I got an album by a band called The Spacelords and it wasn’t at least a bit like Hawkwind, I’d be kinda disappointed. Water Planet gives us three long...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-14)

Alan Simon - Excalibur IV - The Dark Age of the Dragon

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If you've always felt that Rick Wakeman's epic concept albums were a little too understated, Alan Simon has got you covered. There may be no ice-skating dinosaurs involved (maybe a dragon,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-19)

Alan Simon - Songwriter

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If you’ve never heard of Alan Simon before, you are probably not alone, and might well be forgiven unless you are into the very specialized sort of music he does. A French composer who...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-19)

The Stratos Ensemble - Accident at Clear Lake

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The Stratos Ensemble is a group of highly skilled improvising musicians led by keyboard and electronics player Dean De Benedictis, also known as Surface 10 for his purely electronic endeavors, or...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-13)

Deluge Grander - Oceanarium

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I know there are a lot of people who listen almost exclusively to vocal music. Songs with lyrics make up the vast majority of most people’s listening. So why is it that the majority of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-12)

Robert Logan - Sculptor Galaxy

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Before his latest release Sculptor Galaxy, I had little knowledge of Robert Logan other than his two collaborations with Steve Roach in 2016, Biosonic and Second Nature,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-01)

Frore & Shane Morris - Eclipse

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Frore is Paul Casper, a self-taught electronic musician from Virginia; Shane Morris is a multi-instrumentalist who composes ambient, electronic, and world music. On Eclipse, as they did on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-09)

Teemu Viinikainen III - Return of Robert Dickson

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Here’s another name for the list of great guitarists you’ve (probably) never heard of: Teemu Viinikainen. Return of Robert Dickson is apparently a follow-on to his 2005 release...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-08)

Sound the Bell! - Sound the Bell!

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Tampere is Finland’s third largest city, with well over 200,000 people, and among those residents, four have put together a band called Sound the Bell! — complete with exclamation...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-06)

Reflections in Cosmo - Reflections in Cosmo

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This band with a strange name may be relatively new, but it occupies a spot in a vast web of connections. Ståle Storløkken (keyboards) has been a frequent collaborator of late with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-20)

Eraldo Bernocchi - Rosebud

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Whether he’s noisily rocking in Metallic Taste of Blood or providing inventive electronic atmospheres for Prakash Sontakke, one thing you can count on from Eraldo Bernocchi’s music is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-10)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York - Fukushima

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For her musical meditation on the events that happened in the Fukushima area of Japan in 2011 — the Tōhoku earthquake, subsequent tsunami, and most prominently the nuclear accident at the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-05)

Satoko Fujii Quartet - Live at Jazz Room Cortez

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We have reviewed a lot of Satoko Fujii releases over the years at Exposé, some solo, duos with various other players, various trios, her jazz quartet, and many by orchestras she...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-05)

Echo Us - To Wake a Dream in Moving Water

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The last I heard from Ethan Matthews and his Echo Us project was on Tomorrow Will Tell the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-01-02)

Unreal City - Frammenti Notturni

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It seems like it’s been quite a while since I reviewed an album of classic-style Italian prog, so I’m happy to have this gem come up in my list. Unreal City has been in existence about...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-31)

Louis Minus XVI - De Anima

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This French jazz quartet from the Flanders region has been around for about nearly ten years, working the live scene and releasing four previous albums on various private labels, beginning with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-30)

Magic Bus - Phillip the Egg

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I first encountered Magic Bus via their Fruits de Mer single Seven Wonders / Eight Miles High in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-18)

Uriah Heep - Raging through the Silence: The 20th Anniversary Concert

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By 1989, 20 years on from their founding, Uriah Heep had been through a lot of ups and downs, with only guitarist Mick Box remaining from the original lineup (although drummer Lee Kerslake had been...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-26)

Kalaban - Turn to Flame (Remastered)

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Throughout 1997 and 1998, Kalaban recorded their final statement for the decade, Turn to Flame, and for nearly twenty years until the release of 2017’s Edge of Infinity, it...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-16)

Herd of Instinct - Drone Priest

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From the beginning of its history, rock music has mostly been about bands — relatively stable groups of musicians who work together over time. Jazz, on the other hand, is largely about...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-29)

Jeffrey Koepper - MantraSequent

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American composer and synthesist Koepper has been honing his craft over a period of about 15 years and nine previous releases, strongly influenced by the Berlin School sequenced electronics of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-04)

Tony, Caro & John - All on the First Day

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The original 1972 private LP pressing of All on the First Day (only 99 copies with spray painted cover) by the psychedelic folk trio of Tony Doré, Carolyn Doré, and John...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-27)

The Heliosonic Tone-tette - Heliosonic Toneways, Vol. 1

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From the name of this ensemble, you might guess that there’s some kind of connection with Sun Ra, and you would be absolutely correct. The impetus for the group’s formation was the 50th...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-26)

Steve Roach - Spiral Revelation

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Here we are in a soundworld that lies somewhere between Roach’s floating ambient style and his more sequenced work, one breathing life into the other, shifting as it goes across the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-25)

She Owl - Animal Eye & Drifters

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After the lovely debut She Owl album in 2013, I lost track of this Italian duo until the announcement of the new Drifters EP, and I took the opportunity to check out what I’d missed,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-24)

Johannes Luley - Qitara

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Many will know German-born, California based multi-instrumentalist Johannes Luley from his band Perfect Beings, and before that, Moth Vellum. Having studied under guitarist Eddy Marron of Dzyan and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-23)

Nick Prol and the Proletarians - Loon Attic

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How often does it happen that something wonderful comes unexpectedly out of left field and really amazes you? Probably not often enough. When I started hearing about Nick Prol on Facebook, I had no...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-06)

Collapse under the Empire - The Fallen Ones

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Collapse under the Empire is a German duo taking an electronic slant on the genre of post-rock. Normally, I’m not one to emphasize genre labels in music, as most of the best music defies easy...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-22)

Taylor's Universe - Almost Perfected

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It’s been a good two years since the last new release by Taylor’s Universe (and that’s not counting Across the Universe, which was a sort-of remixed best-of release), but...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-20)

Security Project - Contact

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I’m extremely wary of tribute bands, and would almost always rather listen to musicians doing new material than covering someone else’s music. I won’t argue that there’s no...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-19)

Trallskogen - Trollskogen

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Trallskogen is an international band led by Swedish singer and composer Annika Jonsson, presently living in Saarbrucken, Germany, which she and the rest of the band call home. Their sound is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-18)

Darshan Ambient - Lingering Day

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After a few years as a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for artists like Nona Hendryx & Zero Cool, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and others, Michael Allison shifted gears in the mid 90s and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-13)

7C - Compartment C

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Fasten your seat belts and secure all belongings — you’re in for a wild ride! 7C is an Italian trio consisting of Davide di Virgilio on acoustic and electronic percussion, Giuseppe...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-17)

Focus - The Focus Family Album

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Focus had a solid string of great releases in the early 70s; any of the albums from In and Out of Focus up through 1974’s Hamburger Concerto is nothing short of a stone...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-16)

Pugwash - Silverlake

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Thomas Walsh, aka Pugwash, has been recording and performing his unique blend of ELO, XTC, and Beach Boys pop rock for over 20 years. Hailing from Drimnagh, South Dublin, Walsh caught the attention...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-12-12)

Glutton - Outliers

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When a new album arrives and you know absolutely nothing about the artist, it’s a very different experience than a new album by someone you’re familiar with. You can never escape some...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-15)

Spoke of Shadows - II

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At the time of the first Spoke of Shadows album in 2014, it wasn’t clear if there would be another. The group is a collaboration between two musicians who both have other commitments, so that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-11)

Kevin Kastning / Carl Clements - Even This Late It Happens

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This adventurous, dreamy and introspective collaboration continues where it left off last time with 2016’s

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-10)

Kevin Kastning / Sándor Szabó - Invocation

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Kastning and Szabó are a team that we have reviewed many times in these pages, and each new release by this duo is incrementally more interesting than the one that preceeded it. For the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-01)

Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts

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It was sometime back in the mid 70s that I discovered English folk rock, though the specifics are lost to the mists of time. It was likely a

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-05)

Isproject - Archinauts

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The Archinauts is the debut album by the Italian neo-progressive rock band Isproject (Ivan Santovito vocals and keyboards and Ilenia Salvemini vocals). Produced by Fabio Zuffanti, the band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-12-06)

Royal Architect - Et in Arcadia Ego

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Royal Architect is a Baltimore based four-piece that, following a couple of singles, has released their first long player Et in Arcadia Ego – a vinyl-only independent release, no CD...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-07)

Phlox - Keri

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I was surprised to learn that I had never reviewed anything by this excellent Estonian band, even though I’ve been listening to their releases going all the way back to 2007’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-03)

Quimper - Midnight Snack

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The latest Quimper release is a downloadable EP containing four instrumental tracks totaling about nine minutes. The music is dark and sinister. Band member Jodie Lowther, who provides the art and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-14)

Quimper - Wake up Gastone

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Hot on the heels of their last release a couple of months back, Quimper has another EP of four tracks, Wake Up Gastone. The title track opens the EP with a slow four-note-phrase to the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-18)

Quimper - Little Legs for Little Eggs

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Quimper appears to be on pace to set the record for the number of EPs released in one year. Little Legs for Little Eggs is their third so far this year, pretty close to one per quarter, so...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-17)

The Thin Cherries - The Thin Cherries

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The Thin Cherries is a Chicago band with something of a split personality. The core of the group consists of two songwriters: Mark Lofgren, who is also involved with

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-28)

Forest Bees - Forest Bees

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Forest Bees is the solo effort of Indian American indie rocker Sheetal Singh, who was a member of The Stratford 4 ten to fifteen years ago. After the band broke up, Sheetal went to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-20)

JADE (Jazz Afro Design Electric) - The Eclipse

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Seems like only yesterday, but actually it was seventeen years ago that this band released their first album,

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-08)

Sonja Kristina - Anthology

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Most will know Sonja Kristina from her many years as the singer and de-facto bandleader of Curved Air, the British progressive rock band that broke many barriers in the early 70s and continues to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-11-29)

Tünay Akdeniz - The Godfather of Turkish Punk

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Apparently Tünay Akdeniz cut quite a bad boy image in Turkish music in the mid to late 70s, using slang for the first time in a Turkish song, the first implication of sexual intercourse in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-12-03)

Djam Karet - Sonic Celluloid

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When a band has over 20 excellent all-instrumental releases, and you know them all well, it’s instinctive to compare any new release to those that have gone before it. The first thing one...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-04-12)

Ephemeral Sun - Lørd øf Høunds

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I guess for starters, a good question might be, "What is the title of this album?" And that depends on where one looks. On the disc itself, it’s Lord of Hounds. But...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-11-12)

Wingfield / Reuter / Sirkis - Lighthouse

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Like a series of dark and menacing dreams, this colllection of improvisations by guitarist Mark Wingfield, touch guitarist Markus Reuter, and drummer Araf Sirkis takes the listener into a world of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-12-01)

Greg Segal with Friends - Invisible Ground of Sympathy

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Have you ever listened to a disc where a couple songs in you have completely forgot what you are listening to? The ten tracks herein are so varied and dissimilar that one can easily be forgiven for...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-11-26)

Various Artists - Tiddlywinks

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As we get closer to the end of the year and the Christmas season, Mega Dodo Records is releasing a various artists compilation of reimagined nursery rhymes, Tiddlywinks, on December 1,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-27)

Gustaf Fjelstrom - The Peripheral Arc, Vol.1

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Years ago, at the dawn of the age of compact discs, a small music store popped up in a strip mall a few blocks from my house. There was a young man who worked there who had an uncanny ear for great...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-11-08)

The Knells - II

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One thing that is sorely lacking in most current progressive rock is any semblance of real originality. What we hear mostly are bands trying to re-create the glory days of the sound as it was...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-11-22)

Ghost Train Orchestra - Book of Rhapsodies, Vol II

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When it comes to the music of the 1930s, names like Duke Ellington and Count Basie come readily to mind, and their music is readily available. But during that era, many other composers and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-09)

Adam Rudolph - Morphic Resonances

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With Morphic Resonances, percussionist Adam Rudolph presents a collection of music composed for various small ensembles, none of which fits in with what might be thought of as his primary...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-02)

Daniel Barbiero / Cristiano Bocci - Non-Places

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On their last outing together, these two bassists presented a highly abstract, heavily processed set of tracks on Nostos. Non-Places is also abstract and processed, but is very...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-21)

Brooklyn Raga Massive - Terry Riley In C

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Brooklyn Raga Massive is a nonprofit organization dedicated to artists who both preserve and advance the music of India, often staging performances combining musicians of different backgrounds....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-11)

Johnny Unicorn - Heavy Jugs to the Moon

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It’s been several years since Johnny Unicorn gave us Angels in the Oort...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-14)

John Wetton - Akoustika I & II - Live in Amerika / Return to Amerika

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John Wetton, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and a singer way better than most left this world on January 31st of 2017. What he has left behind in a long, varied, and amazing career is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-11-19)

Cardiacs - Some Fairytales from the Rotten Shed

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I had heard a few early Cardiacs albums before I came across a rather shaky video of the Surbitan Assembly Rooms 4/18/85 show. This was the trigger moment for me, I mean it was obvious from...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-11-16)

Nik Turner - Life in Space

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After a diversion into jazz fusion on 2015’s Space Fusion Odyssey, Nik Turner is back in more familiar territory for Life in Space. He’s working with many of his...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-25)

Fraktal Phantom - Live in the Studio

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Fraktal Phantom is a Seattle trio featuring drummer Jack Gold-Molina, who has played on stage and record with Nik Turner and also appeared on Spirits Burning’s Starhawk. He’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-18)

Nathan Hall and the Sinister Locals - Effigies

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Last Spring The Soft Hearted Scientists’ Nathan Hall released an EP of four songs called The Volga Sturgeon Face. Now he has released a full length album, Effigies, that...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-13)

Hats off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Broken but Still Standing

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With Broken but Still Standing, Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate once again proves to be a more than adequate band. Following in the path set by the previous album, Malcolm Galloway...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-03)

Three for Silver - The Way We Burn

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When it comes to a band having factors that set it apart from the crowd, Three for Silver has a number of things to offer. First off, you’ve got leader Lucas Warford, who plays bass and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-07)

El Turronero - New Hondo

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Who would have thought that Exposé would one day publish a review of disco music? Certainly not I. Be that as it may, this CD arrived in the same package as the Trigal album from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-10)

Trigal - Baila Mi Rumba

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And now for something completely different... I am not exactly sure why Guerssen chose to send this release to Exposé, but Baila Mi Rumba is certainly a fun, sexy, sizzling...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-06)

Stefan Orins Trio - The Middle Way

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As an organic jazz unit, the trio of Stefan Orins (piano), Christophe Hache (double-bass) and Peter Orins (drums) has been together a good twenty years now, with five releases to their credit. Same...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-11-05)

Hats off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Broken but Still Standing

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Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate is the musical effort of Malcolm Galloway and colleagues wife Kathryn Thomas (flute), Mark Gatland (bass), Rudy Burrell (drums), and Ibon Bilboa (guitar). On...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-03)

Brian Landrus Orchestra - Generations

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In my book, adding orchestral parts to jazz and rock is a risky business. Not only do you have the needs that all genres have of writing interesting music, but the added necessity to make the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-20)

Famlende Forsøk - Return of Monster Attack

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Lumpy Davy and Brt from the psych band The Smell of Incense started Famlende Forsøk in 1981, their music inspired by such great bands as Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle. Because Brt...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-09)

Himmellegeme - Myth of Earth

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Oh, look. It’s another prog band from Bergen. How many of those can there be? How many of them can possibly be good? I’m not sure of the answers to either of those questions, but...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-31)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing - Paint

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Seems like it was only a few of months ago that I was writing about Loafer’s Hollow… oh, it was. That album presented Mostly Other People Do the Killing as a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-30)

Sacha Mullin - Duplex

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When I first started forming my ideas about how music could be divided into styles or genres, I set the general body of rock above what I thought of as pop. It seemed clear that any above-average...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-29)

Falter Bramnk - Glassical Music

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More an exploration of sound than music per se, what we have here are eleven tracks resulting from glasses rinsed with hot water. The condensation that results between the water, air, and glass...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-31)

Howard Givens & Craig Padilla - Being of Light

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Craig Padilla has been composing long-form deep space epics for over twenty years, with over two dozen releases to his credit; his first release for the Spotted Peccary label was the ambient...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-30)

Raoul Björkenheim Triad - Beyond

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Björkenheim is a name you can trust for a healthy dose of intense and powerful jazz-rock, apocalyptic in every sense, with empassioned twists and turns at every juncture. The Triad consists of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-17)

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius - Guilty of Innocence

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Power violinist Joe Deninzon has been leading his band Stratospheerius since the turn of the century and has a solid catalog of releases to show for it. Having recorded as a sideman with just about...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-10)

Opposite Day - I Calculate Great

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Let it never be said that Opposite Day are slacking in any respect. Since 2008 they have released a string of recordings that have honed their “math-pop” sound to a fine edge. What, you...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-27)

Philipp Gerschlauer / David Fiuczynski - Mikrojazz! - Neue Expressionistische Musik

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Last year saw the release of David Fiuczynski’s second album of microtonal jazz with global influences and collaborators. Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam! was both a fascinating...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-28)

Arabs in Aspic - Syndenes Magi

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For their newest album, Arabs in Aspic have diverged somewhat from the 70s hard-rock influences of their previous work, giving us instead three tracks of epic progressive rock. Over the course of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-25)

Rudolf Heimann - Touch the Sky

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Rudolf Heimann is a German electronic musician who released his second album, Touch the Sky, in 1992. It was remastered and reissued on CDr in 2006. Now in 2017, with famed Krautrock...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-26)

Opposite Day - I Calculate Great

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Austin’s Sam Arnold and Opposite Day are back with a vengeance on their new album, I Calculate Great, their tenth album. Looking at the cover art, I surmise that a couple of panda...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-27)

The Galileo 7 - Tear Your Minds Wide Open

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On November 10, 2017, The Galileo 7 release their fifth album of garage pop psych tunes, Tear Your Minds Wide Open. There are 12 songs on the album with two of them, “One Lie at a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-24)

Cheer-Accident - Salad Days & Trading Balloons

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When I first encountered this band, they were already well into their career — I think Fear Draws Misfortune (2009) was the first album of theirs that I heard — and I quickly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-04)

Cheer-Accident - Salad Days & Trading Balloons

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When I first encountered this band, they were already well into their career — I think Fear Draws Misfortune (2009) was the first album of theirs that I heard — and I quickly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-04)

8x8 - Inflorescence

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8x8 is the transatlantic collaboration between musicians Lane Steinberg in New York City and Alex Khodchenko in Kiev. Inflorescence is their third album, the second to be released on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-03)

Gentle Giant - Three Piece Suite

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The first three Gentle Giant albums occupy a spot in the history of progressive rock that illustrates the transition from 60s psychedelic rock to full-fledged avant-prog. While the band’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-24)

Stick Men Featuring Mel Collins - Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017

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The last live recording by Stick Men was Midori, recorded on the 2015 Japan tour, presenting two complete...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-22)

Stick Men Featuring Mel Collins - Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017

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The last live recording by Stick Men was Midori, recorded on the 2015 Japan tour, presenting two complete...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-22)

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere

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Back in 2005, this Norwegian band’s debut caused a fair stir in the world of progressive rock with a take on many elements of 70s symphonic progressive combined in distinctive ways. Of course...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-16)

Andreas Spechtl - Thinking about Tomorrow, and How to Build It

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Andreas Spechtl is a Berlin-based musician who spent two winter months in Tehran, Iran recording Thinking about Tomorrow, and How to Build It that is scheduled for release on November 10,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-25)

Green Seagull - (I Used to Dream In) Black and White / Not Like You and Me

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It was only this past June that Green Seagull released their debut single on Mega Dodo Records. Now, three months later, we have a second 7-inch single. Side A contains “(I Used to Dream In)...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-23)

Akikaze - Solstice

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Dutch artist Pepijn Courant (AKA Akikaze — Japanese for autumn wind) has been composing and recording electronic music since 1989. His eleventh album, Solstice, is his first release...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-21)

Robert Schroeder - D.MO Vol. 4

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Robert Schroeder is a member of the second wave of Berlin school of electronic musicians hitting the scene in the late 70s. His first album was Harmonic Ascendant (1979) followed by...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-22)

Akikaze - Solstice

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Akikaze (a Japanese word for autumn wind) is the electronic project of Dutch synthesist and composer Pepijn Courant. Using synthesizers, keyboards, samplers, effect processors, electronic drums,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-21)

The Chemistry Set - Lovely Cuppa Tea

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The Chemistry Set has a new 7-inch EP out on Fruits de Mer Records this September that contains three songs: “Lovely Cuppa Tea,” “The Rubicon,” and a cover of The Moody...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-02)

Various Artists - A Spoonful of Sugarbush

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A Spoonful of Sugarbush is a collection of tracks from various artists on the Sugarbush label. These tracks have never been released on vinyl before and include songs by Caddy, Andy Reed,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-13)

Paul Butterfield - Live New York 1970

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In the last half of the 60s, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was omnipresent, playing every major venue coast to coast, bringing the blues to rock audiences along with artists like The Electric...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-19)

Kabaret Makaber - Kabaret Makaber

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And now for something completely different… Bergen’s Kabaret Makaber is not the first band to bring together European cabaret music with more modern styles, but they do it in a way...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-18)

Magma - Wurdah Ïtah (Expanded)

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This stone classic of the Magma canon was originally released in 1974 as a Christian Vander solo album, with members of Magma participating, as a soundtrack for the Yves Lagrange film Tristan...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-05)

Wadada Leo Smith / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori - Aspiration

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The success of free improvisation, at least from the standpoint of the listener, pretty much comes down to how much time the musicians are airborne versus how much time they are just trying to get...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-15)

Steve Roach - Nostalgia for the Future

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Belying the beautiful monochrome photos that adorn the cover of this latest release on Roach’s Timeroom Editions label, Nostalgia for the Future is a powerful outpouring of tonal...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-13)

We Stood Like Kings - USA 1982

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In 1982 film maker Godfrey Reggio released the movie Koyaanisqatsi, a montage of different shots without a plot, but focussed on nature, humanity, and their relationships. Avant-garde...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-20)

Chris Richards and the Subtractions - A Smattering of Mystery and Sound

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Chris Richards and The Subtractions have been recording for over 10 years and A Smattering of Mystery and Sound is a compilation of songs from their previous albums assembled specifically...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-11)

Brockmann / Bargmann - Licht

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On viewing for the first time the minimal artistic cover for Licht, I was expecting academic or avant garde experimental music. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to discover that...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-10)

Témpano - Nowhere Now Here

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This four-piece from Venezuela has a storied past, beginning in the late 70s with their excellent and very progressive debut Atabal-Yémal, then being (mis)managed into being a pop...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-10)

Inner Ear Bridage - Dromology

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You know how some albums take time to grow on you before you appreciate them? This is not one of those albums. I loved it from the first notes that hit my ears. “Dark Sleep Fortress”...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-11)

Yoko Miwa Trio - Pathways

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When I think about jazz pianists I’ve covered on this site, I find many who are brilliant technicians capable of great feats of speed and complexity, several who are sonic explorers utilizing...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-09)

Oro Cassini - First Impact

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Austin is turning into quite the hotbed of progressive rock bands, with Opposite Day, Proud Peasant, Aaron Clift Experiment, and more. Add Oro Cassini to that list. Musically, they’re cut...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-07)

The Wellgreen - Summer Rain

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Sugarbush Records is a vinyl-only label out of the UK that has been releasing limited edition LPs of power-pop, psych, and indie music since 2012. In the case of The Wellgreen, a Scottish band,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-14)

Glass Mind - Dodecaedro

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The name Glass Mind conjures images of fragility and even psychological disorders. Nothing could be further from the truth with this instrumental progressive metal foursome from Mexico City. Their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-18)

Toby Twirl - Toby Twirl

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Toby Twirl was a British mod band formed in 1968 that lasted about three years, chasing but never catching that elusive fame. In retrospect, they arrived on the scene too late, considering that...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-27)

Oro Cassini - First Impact

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I do not understand this trend by some of today’s bands to create music where the vocal line is so “progressive” that it defies what we have come to accept as song structure and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-07)

Balduin - Bohemian Garden

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It has been three years since Balduin’s previous release All in a Dream. The new album, Bohemian Garden, reflects his travels between then and now, giving us twelve trippy,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-08)

Lion Shepherd - Heat

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Lion Shepherd is a prog-oriented project led by friends Kamil Haidar and Mateusz Owczarek. Though living most of his life in Poland, Kamil spent his early years in Libya and Syria, which brings an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-26)

Forsqueak - FSK

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FSK is the debut album by the new Italian progressive jazz band Forsqueak, a quartet consisting of Bruno Pitruzzella (guitars), Sergio Schifano (baritone guitar), Luca La Russa (bass), and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-19)

Colin's Godson - In Silicon Heaven

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Looking at the thread running through this Glasgow band’s releases since 2015, you will see a story line of Colin’s Godson’s (mis)adventures. In their last installment, The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-06)

Mordecai Smyth - The Mayor of Toytown Is Dead

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In November 2017 Mega Dodo Records will be releasing the new album from the enigmatic Mordecai Smyth. It has been three years since his debut release as the first album on Mega Dodo Records....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-04)

Stay - Always Here

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These Barcelona psychedelic rockers return to Fruits de Mer with a new EP out on September 25, 2017. Their last release was Mersey Dream in 2013. The new five-track EP features...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-01)

Willie G - Vivaldi: Seasons Change

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Italian Baroque composer Vivaldi has been an inspiration for many progressive and rock bands, including Curved Air and Pete Sinfield. One of the most popular pieces of classical music is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-30)

Moebius / Story / Leidecker - Familiar

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Dieter Moebius was a prolific musician all the way up to his passing in 2015, so much so that new Moebius music continues to be released. In the case of Familiar, Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-29)

Howling Giant - Black Hole Space Wizard - Part 2

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What is the sound of a howling giant? I immediately picture the huge warriors supporting the Wildings as they storm the Wall in Game of Thrones, an intimidating sonic reverberating...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-17)

Dušan Jevtović - No Answer

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Dušan Jevtović’s last release under his own name was Am I Walking Wrong?...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-02)

Claude Lombard - Claude Lombard Chant

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Claude Lombard is a Belgian songstress active in the 60s and 70s who placed seventh in the Eurovision 1968 song contest and sang songs on many TV cartoon shows. In 1969 she recorded an experimental...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-24)

Savoy - Mountains of Time

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Here I find myself doing something I never thought I’d do — reference a-ha in an Exposé review. Savoy is a band well-known in certain circles, namely those centered...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-13)

Alain Markusfeld - Chaos or Not?

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There are changes in musical directions, then there are complete about-faces, and then there are shifts to entirely new musical universes. Markusfeld built a career in the 70s on mind-massaging...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-06)

Paul Jones - Clean

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With Clean, saxophonist Paul Jones brings together a number of musical threads that are usually considered separately, and puts them into a context that is functionally large ensemble...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-30)

Steven Wilson - To the Bone

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British musician Steven Wilson’s stated desire with this album was to pay homage to the intelligent and artful pop music of the 80s (Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, XTC, etc.). Those influences can...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2017-09-25)

Blackfield - Blackfield V

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A new Blackfield release isn’t much of a shock. Israeli singer-songwriter Aviv Geffen has been committed to the project since its 2001 inception. The big news here is the return of Steven...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2017-09-23)

Voigt/465 - Slights Still Unspoken

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Voigt/465 was a short-lived DIY post punk band from Sydney, Australia that lasted from 1976 - 1979. In 1978 they self-released one of the first DIY 45s from Australia “State” b/w...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-22)

Dafna Naphtali & Gordon Beeferman - Pulsing Dot

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Gordon Beeferman is a keyboard player, and one I was familiar with from his excellent ensemble release Four Parts Five released on Innova a few years ago, a four part work composed by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-29)

Cheer-Accident - Putting off Death

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It’s been a few years since we had a new release from the weird and wonderful Cheer-Accident —

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-15)

Yowie - Synchromysticism

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Synchromysticism is an EP of high energy craziness from this St Louis trio, five tracks comprising 33 minutes of ever-changing rhythms and riffs tightly coordinated for all their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-27)

Gaudi - Magnetic

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Readers might remember Gaudi’s previous release, a single containing music assembled from recordings spanning the RareNoise label catalog. With Magnetic, Gaudi presents an entire...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-25)

Light Freedom Revival - Eterniverse Déjà Vu

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Light Freedom Revival is the project of John Vehadija, a singer-songwriter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vehadija says of this album, “I believe the force which guided me to record...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-23)

Lion Shepherd - Heat

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About a minute into the first song “On the Road Again,” I thought to myself "These guys sound kind of like Azigza, but without the violin," then the heavy and crunchy...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-26)

Larry Polansky - FreeHorn

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I’ve played this a couple dozen times or more, and every time it has hit me differently, sometimes gentle, sometimes overtly avant-garde, sometimes quite ambient and relaxing overall (in fact...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-24)

Next Exit - One Way Ticket - 1981-82

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For some time now, I’ve been writing about the saga of Spokane’s Sweet Madness, a New Wave-ish art rock band active from 1979-81. Two compilations of their recordings have been...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-20)

Chronotope Project - Ovum

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In his third album for Spotted Peccary (and at least four more before that), Jeffrey Ericson Allen a.k.a. Chronotope Project brings forth a dreamy and expressive sound based on natural rhythms,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-22)

Professor Tip Top - Life Is No Matter

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This band from Bergen has been together since 2011, and Life Is No Matter, their fourth album, is the first I’ve heard of them. Their music is a highly melodic take on Camel’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-18)

Evacuate the Earth - Evacuate the Earth

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People of Earth, be aware that destruction is imminent, and there is only one hope for the survival of humanity — Evacuate the Earth. This self-titled release starts out with a warning worthy...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-16)

Jamie Saft / Steve Swallow / Bobby Previte with Iggy Pop - Loneliness Road

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Among Jamie Saft’s intermittent projects is this trio with Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte. This is a classic jazz piano trio, where Saft eschews any other keyboard instruments, leaving...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-11)

Jasun Martz - Solo Exhibition

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Composer Jasun Martz has had a career that defies categorization, refusing to reveal patterns or trends - if you could plot his musical works on some kind of stylistic graph, there would be no...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-09)

Alwanzatar - Heliotropiske Reiser

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Tangerine’s classic albums of the 70s have an enduring appeal that causes them to be influential even 40 years on. Phaedra, Rubycon, Ricochet, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-04)

Accordo dei Contrari - Violato Intatto

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Violato Intatto is my first exposure to this polished and powerful Italian band. Primarily an instrumental outfit, Accordo dei Contrari delivers a blistering set of finely wrought and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-27)

Dante Roberto - Circle

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Italian classical composer, music teacher, keyboard wizard, and progressive music lover Dante Roberto has released his debut album, The Circle. The album opens with “Dante...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-20)

Stephen Whittington - Windmill

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Australian composer Stephen Whittington’s latest release features two extended compositions performed by the Zephyr string quartet, a group based in Adelaide who also compose, improvise, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-19)

Steve Roach - Long Thoughts

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There are some words of wisdom for the potential listener to this on the inside of the sleeve: It’s created for infinite low volume playback listening. This could apply to about half of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-17)

Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura - Kisaragi

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Satoko Fujii (piano) and Natsuki Tamura (trumpet) have made several albums as a duo before, but nothing quite like this one. The two are no strangers to free improvisation either, as their primary...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-15)

Miriodor - Signal 9

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Yes, this is indeed the ninth Miriodor studio album, coming three decades after their first and four years after the previous effort,

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-08-19)

Rahul Mukerji - Ma De Re Sha

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Indian born American guitarist Rahul Mukerji has had a 15-plus year career performing live on the US East Coast and in his native India, on numerous recordings as a featured player, and has even...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-08)

Talinka - Talinka

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This quartet is led by vocalist Tali Atzmon, a deeply personal and soulful jazz singer who guides this group, providing their direction, though this is clearly a transcendental fusion of folk,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-08-09)

Kotebel - Cosmology

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It’s been around five years since Kotebel’s previous studio release Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble — I remember it well, and it’s no surprise at all that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-05)

Panic Room - Essence

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One might take a look at the track list on Essence and be fooled into thinking that it’s a best-of compilation (initially this writer was), but that would be incorrect. Keyboardist...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-03)

Daniel Lentz - River of 1,000 Streams

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Lentz has a long history of releases going back to the early 80s (with recordings that reach back even earlier, to the mid 70s) and on almost all of those, the featured instrument is piano or...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-09-01)

Dialeto - Bartók in Rock

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One only has to listen to a piece like “Mikrokosmos 113: Bulgarian Rhythm (I)” to realize that Béla Bartók has a direct relation to avant-progressive rock. (You can find a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-08-29)

Crown Larks - Population

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Crown Larks is an American band with a style all its own. They take insistent rhythmic patterns reminiscent of German bands (think Can or Neu!) and combine them with woodwinds and brass more akin...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-08-26)

Enrico Merlin / Valerio Scrignoli - Maledetti (Area Music)

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This is both an interesting and an odd release. Based on the music of Italian progressive rockers Area, it is not a set of covers, but instead the eight songs selected for this album are launching...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-04)

Alex's Hand - KaTaTaK

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Many years ago, I figured out that one quality of some music that really appeals to me is that it seems to either exist in a world of its own or create a world of its own, aside from the standards...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-08-04)

62 Miles from Space - Timeshifts

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On October 20, 2017 Mega Dodo is releasing the first EP from 62 Miles from Space. 62 Miles from Space is a virtual two-piece music project in Moscow, collaborating over the internet though both...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-10-16)

In Gowan Ring - B'ee's Pent Pouch

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The enigmatic B’ee (AKA B’eirth) has been composing original acoustic music for the past 20 years as In Gowan Ring. In the summer of 2012 he spent several months constructing a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-16)

Nick Nicely - Sleep Safari

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nick nicely’s latest chapter in his sonic journey is Sleep Safari, scheduled for release on September 29, 2017 on German label Tapete Records. This new recording is quite different...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-15)

Isaac Vacuum - Lords

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This German band refers to its style as “post prog rock,” which is only descriptive up to a point. Genre-coining aside, they play a variety of rock that leans towards progressive metal,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-29)

Dmitriy Fedorov - Consistence

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There is a new Russian electronic musician that has come on the scene: Dmitriy Fedorov. He began his solo career in 2014 when he moved to Moscow and built his own studio for sonic explorations. He...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-31)

Kim Seviour - Recovery Is Learning

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Former Touchstone front woman Kim Seviour launched her solo career as the first artist signed to White Star Records with a single in 2016. On July 28, 2017 she released her first full length solo...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-05)

Accordo dei Contrari - Violato Intatto

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This exceptional four-piece from Bologna is a force to be reckoned with, at least since their second release, Kublai from 2011 (never having heard their 2007 debut, Kinesis) and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-08-27)

Eberhard Kranemann / Harald Grosskopf - Krautwerk

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Both Harald Grosskopf and Eberhard Kranemann have a long musical legacy dating back to the early days of Krautrock. Eberhard was one of the founding members of Kraftwerk, Neu!, and Pissoff, plus...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-13)

Esmark - Māra I & II

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Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway. On the island is a glacier named Esmark, the namesake for the electronic...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-12)

Esmark - Māra I & II

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Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway. On the island is a glacier named Esmark, the namesake for the electronic...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-12)

Corciolli - Ilusia

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For the past 25 years Brazilian keyboardist Corciolli has sold over 2 million albums of of New Age relaxation music. With Ilusia he explores his progressive rock origins. The eight track...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-11)

Eurasia - Ilmondoarovescio

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Eurasia is a quintet (+ guests) of experienced musicians hailing from Piemonte in the north-west of Italy, Ilmondoarovescio (meaning “the world upside down”) is their debut...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-08-20)

Eurasia - Ilmondoarovescio

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Eurasia is a new Italian band that blends progressive, jazz, and Canterbury sounds in the ten tracks on their debut album Ilmondoarovescio (The World Upside Down). Eurasia features five...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-20)

Sidewalk Society - Strange Roads

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Having been a teenager in the 60s with high school friends already into Pink Floyd in 1967 and listening to early FM radio stations out of New York City that introduced me to all kinds of obscure...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-10)

Fuchsia - Song

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Celebrating 50 years of Tony Durant’s (Fuchsia’s main man) recorded music, Fruits de Mer released a double 7-inch vinyl set this July. The first Fuchsia album saw the light in 1971 and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-09)

Anton Barbeau - Heaven Is in Your Mind

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This summer’s Fruits de Mer EP is a four track disc by longtime label associate Anton Barbeau. Three of the songs are cover tunes and the fourth is an original. Anton has a distinctive voice...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-08)

Hanford Reach - Canyons

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When Brooklyn’s Sky Picnic dissolved in late summer 2016, band members Chris Sherman (guitar, vocals, drums, and synths) and Leah Cinnamon (bass, vocals, and percussion) decided to continue...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-24)

Der Plan - Unkapitulierbar

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Der Plan was an 80s post punk German band consisting of Moritz R, Kurt Dahlke (aka Pyrolator), and Frank Fenstermacher. Their early albums were filled with schizophrenic percussive electronic...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-06)

The Keith Walsh Experience - Nebula X

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Keith Walsh is a seventeen-piece one-man band from Los Angeles, with Nebula X being his eleventh CD. He states that his music is made synchronically (a linguistic term that I think means...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-04)

Kalaban - Edge of Infinity

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It’s been around 18 years since the last release by Kalaban, most listeners probably figured they were gone forever, so what we have at hand is truly a surprising comeback. Through a number...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-08-23)

Between Interval - Legacy

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Between Interval is the nom-de-plume of Swedish electronic composer Stefan Strand, this being his fifth album for Spotted Peccary, and prior to that he has other recordings under other pseudonyms....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-08-16)

Alison O'Donnell - Climb Sheer the Fields of Peace

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Alison O’Donnell was a vocalist in the legendary Mellow Candle and Flibbertigibbet, two 70s folk rock groups. Alison has remained active over the years as the sometimes singer with United...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-14)

Electric Swan - Windblown

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The first thing you notice about Windblown is the fascinating cover art. There is so much movement in the picture that your eyes are drawn into it. And therefore I was expecting something...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-02)

Il Tempio delle Clessidre - il-lūdĕre

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Il Ludere is Il Tempio delle Clessidre’s third studio album. On their second album they replaced Museo Rosenbach’s vocalist Lupo with Francesco Ciapica. And on Il...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-01)

Yonder Pond - Pondering Aloud

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Yonder Pond is the recording project of Swiss drummer and multi-instrumentalist Rémy Sträuli, who first came to the attention of Exposé with his band Yolk back in the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-08-02)

Ivann Cruz - Lignes de Fuite

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French guitarist Ivann Cruz has played with a number of jazz and new music ensembles, including the Circum Grand Orchestra and TOC, among many others. Here, on his solo Lignes de Fuite,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-30)

Mumpbeak - Tooth

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In progressive rock, the quintessential keyboard trio is obviously Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In that group,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-08)

Ten Jinn - Sisyphus

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Back in 1999 Ten Jinn was unstoppable. Their second CD, As on a Darkling Plain, was captivating listeners on both sides of the pond, released on both Musea and InsideOut, and they were...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-23)

Monkey Diet - Inner Gobi

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When bassist Daniele Piccinini left the prog / jazz group Accordo dei Contrari in 2014 after recording AdC, he and guitarist Gabriele Martelli (PropheXy) were persuaded by a mutual friend...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-11)

Panther & C. - Il Giusto Equilibrio

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The oddly-named Italian progsters Panther & C. returned to Black Widow Records this spring with a follow up to their 2014 debut album L'Epoca di un Altro. Just like their debut,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-07)

King Crimson - Heroes

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When word came out earlier this year that King Crimson would be reconvening for another tour with the expanded lineup which has been touring since 2014, they also announced that there would be an...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-07)

Pogo Pops - Love Is the Greatest Compass

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If you’re yearning for the Golden Age of 80s pop-rock, when bands like The Church, Style Council, New Order, and Crowded House were at their peak and a catchy melody backed with jangly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-08-12)

Cuong Vu 4-tet - Ballet - The Music of Michael Gibbs

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The last Cuong Vu release I heard was from his band Indigo Mist, which is heavily electronic. The 4-tet features Ted Poor (drums) and Luke Bergman (bass), who are also in Indigo Mist, but this is a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-08-08)

Bjørn Riis - Forever Comes to an End

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With Forever Comes to an End, Bjorn Riis presents a set of seven songs very much along the same lines as those on his first solo outing, 2014’s Lullabies in a Car Crash....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-08-05)

The Carousels - Sail Me Home, St. Clair

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Scottish Band The Carousels return to Sugarbush with their second album of West Coast country rock, proving that you don’t have to use a lot of studio effects and overload eardrums to be...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-27)

Kuhn Fu - Kuhnspiracy

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OK, the category is jazz groups with guitarists who venture outside of the clean tones traditionally favored in the genre, who push the limits of their instrument beyond typical jazz politeness....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-28)

Magia Nera - L'Ultima Danza di Ophelia

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Turning back the hands of time to the late 60s sees the debut of the Italian band Magia Nera (Black Magic) and their brand of dark progressive music. They were active into the early 70s when the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-28)

Phoenix Again - Unexplored

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Phoenix Again is an Italian progressive band that dates back to 1981 formed by the three Lorandi brothers Claudio, Sergio, and Antonio plus drummer Silvano Silva. Over the years they’ve gone...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-25)

Nick Nicely - Ghostdream

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nick nicely has a new album, Sleep Safari on Tapete Records, planned for release on September 29, 2017, just in time for Christmas. To whet our appetites for Sleep Safari, Tapete...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-28)

Plurima Mundi - Pecorsi

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Eight years after their debut album, Italian prog band Plurima Mundi have released their second album Percorsi. Founded in 2004 by composer, classical violinist, and music teacher...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-14)

Tim Burness - Whose Dream Are You Living?

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I was not sure what to expect from Whose Dream Are You Living? when I saw the minimal cover with a white background and a clip art question mark. I was afraid that this was going to be an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-11)

The NJE - Afloat

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Like many band names, The Near Jazz Experience (NJE) came about by chance. The band was trying to explain their sound of horn-led rock/pop instrumentals and the closest description was having a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-31)

Fang Chia - Above Ground

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Fang Chia’s second album exhibited a touch of Canterbury influence in its sound, and with this newest release, that aspect of their style is brought more to the fore — not that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-08-01)

Sam Arnold - Space Taste Race Part Negative Two

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This is Sam Arnold’s third Space Taste Race installment. The other two were recorded by his band Opposite Day, while Space Taste Race Part Negative Two, which I am guessing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-30)

Sam Arnold and the Secret Keepers - Listen to Your Mind

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The cover art is a nightmare vision of an insane god’s melding of various creatures into a single entity. I’m not exactly sure how this relates to the music, but Austin’s budding...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-30)

Pixie Ninja - Ultrasound

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Pixie Ninja is yet another in the succession of recent bands from Norway who approach progressive rock in a distinctive way. The group was formed by two multi-instrumentalists, Jostein Haugen and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-25)

The Telescopes - As Light Return

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Since 1987, Stephen Lawrie and a variety of different musicians have been performing live and recording under the name of The Telescopes. As Light Return is their ninth album, their second...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-25)

The Mothers Earth Experiment - The Mothers Earth Experiment

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The oddly named The Mothers Earth Experiment (TMEE) is a young six-piece UK band of friends: Jackson Younger (guitar), Mark Roberts (vocals and guitar), James Baker (keys and vocals), Oliver...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-21)

Airto Fogo - Airto Fogo

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The mysterious Airto Fogo, pseudonym for Sylvain Krief, which could also been a pseudonym for Brazilian Waltel Blanco, recorded a one-off album in France in 1976 that is probably the ultimate...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-07)

Tapiman - Hard Drive

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Hard Drive is a collection of unreleased homemade recordings from 1971 by Barcelona power trio Tapiman. The bandmembers were Miguel Ángel Núñez (Man) on guitar, Tapi...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-31)

Heat Exchange - Reminiscence

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The Heat Exchange were a band from Toronto that began to generate some interest in the late 60s. They played a number of concerts and were pursued by RCA and eventually signed with Yorkville...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-24)

Moğollar - Moğollar

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In February 2017 Guerssen and Pharaway Sounds reissued the self-titled 1976 album by Turkey’s Anadolu Pop heroes Moğollar. They never had a singer for long, so this album is a collection of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-17)

Cozmic Corridors - Cozmic Corridors

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Guerssen and Mental Experience have unearthed one of those Krautrock obscurities recorded and produced circa 1972-73 in Köln, Germany that was purported to have been released as an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-10)

Kalin Tonev - Machine Years

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Bulgarian musician Калин Тонев (Kalin Tonev) has been involved in prog rock since 2008, starting as the leader of TravelHouse. He has been working on his solo album Machine Years...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-18)

Nathan Hall and the Sinister Locals - The Volga Sturgeon Face

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The dark foreboding spiral staircase works its magic and draws you closer and closer. What lies around the bend and on up to the next floor? You cautiously approach, but cannot resist the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-04)

Kuhn Fu - Kuhnspiracy

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Kuhn Fu is the brainchild of German guitarist / composer Christian Achim Kühn and an international band based in Groningen, Netherlands. In addition to Christian, the other members are Ziv...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-28)

The Neighborhood Strange - Let's Get High / One Last Chance

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On March 17, 2017 psych / garage / punksters The Neighbourhood Strange unleashed upon the world their second single (in both 7 inch vinyl and CD formats). Side one is “Let’s Get...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-21)

Kepler Ten - Delta-V

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Last November Kepler Ten released the debut single, “Time and Tide”, from their upcoming album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-24)

Cosmosquad - The Morbid Tango

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Jeff Kollman is a guitarist from Toledo, Ohio best known for his powerful melodic electric guitar playing, fusing elements of jazz harmony into his hybrid melodic hard rock / funk style. He is also...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-21)

Kris Gietkowski - Songs from the First Album by Egg

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Fruits de Mer Records’ mogul Keith Jones was idly surfing YouTube videos one day searching for inspiration and hidden gems. You know how that goes, falling down internet rabbit holes and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-17)

Élan Vital - Shadow Self

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Élan vital is a term coined by French philosopher Henri Bergson in 1907 as a hypothetical explanation for the evolution and development of organisms, life's “vital...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-17)

Salim Ghazi Saeedi - United Ubiquity of Flesh

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Much has changed since Saeedi’s last album namoWoman (2012), which is hinted at by the empty outline of a man’s body inside the borders of a country, presumably his native...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-09)

Robert Schroeder - Velocity

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Robert Schroeder is no stranger to electronic music fans. He released his debut album, Harmonic Ascendant, in 1979 on Klaus Schulze’s IC label. 2017 marks the release of his 36th...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-10)

Astralasia - Oceania

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After Astralasia’s 2014 Fruits de Mer double LP Wind on Water sold out, which tends to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-05)

Cornelius Dufallo - Journaling 2

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Dufallo is a violinist and composer who in 2009 began a “journaling” concert series to document the work of living composers, thereby creating a repertoire of 21st century violin music....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-26)

Arthur Lee & Love - Complete Forever Changes Live

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When Love released Forever Changes in 1967, the critics panned it. But over the years opinions have changed and Forever Changes is now considered one of the top 100 most...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-03)

The Flamin' Groovies - Live 1971 San Francisco

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When Bill Graham closed the Fillmore West in 1971, there was a solid five days of concerts to honor the venue. Proto-punk garage rockers the Flamin’ Groovies were one of those acts. The band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-27)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Once upon a Time in South America

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During ELP’s heyday they never made it to South America, though they had a relatively huge fan base there. 23 years after forming and well past their prime, ELP made their first tour to South...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-20)

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Live from Ebbetts Field Denver, Colorado Aug. 11, 1973

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Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen might seem to be a bit of a stretch for Exposé, but considering in the early 70s there was a considerable amount of experimentation with...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-13)

Requiem - For a World After

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American expat and electronic composer George Speckert worked as a music teacher in Hannover, Germany in the 70s. He wrote and produced music in his spare time, inspired by Tangerine Dream, Klaus...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-06)

Sendelica / Superfjord - Zappa

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The spring batch of Fruits de Mer releases includes this little jewel of two Frank Zappa covers. Finland’s Superfjord provides us with a freaky synth-driven cover of “Peaches en...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-27)

Cromwell - At the Gallop

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Cromwell was an obscure Irish band that self-released an album in 1975, then promptly disappeared. Over the years At the Gallop has become a much sought after collectible, claiming prices...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-29)

The Insektlife Cycle - Vivid Dreams Parade

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I first encountered Filipino band The Insektlife Cycle in 2016 via Fruits de Mer. They appeared on a couple of FdM releases and also a freebie CDEP. Now Mega Dodo has released a triple gatefold CD...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-23)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing - Loafer's Hollow

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It’s been more than ten years since bassist Matthew “Moppa” Elliott formed Mostly Other People Do the Killing as a four-piece with drums, trumpet, and sax. Loafer’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-03)

Jü - Summa

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After the glorious noise that comprised most of Jü’s collaboration with saxophonist Kjetil Møster, I was expecting something similar from Summa. What I got was something...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-30)

Nunun - Inner

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Nunun is the name used for experimental explorations by the Italian duo of Cesare Discepoli (guitar and effects) and Massimo Discepoli (drums). Five years after their previous album, Seven...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-27)

Larkin Grimm - Chasing an Illusion

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Question of the day: What would happen if an American folk singer became obsessed with Alice Coltrane’s cosmic jazz? Larkin Grimm’s Chasing an Illusion is one credible answer...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-11)

Brinsley Schwarz - It's All Over Now

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In 1974 Brinsley Schwarz’s began work on It’s All Over Now, the album intended to relaunch their career in the United States, but things did not go as planned. At that time the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-22)

Kevin Kastning / Mark Wingfield - The Line to Three

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Guitarists Kevin Kastning and Mark Wingfield are two very different style players, but in combination (this is their sixth collaboration together) the result is very complimentary and uniquely...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-21)

Kevin Kastning - A Connection of Secrets

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Like a portal into a catalog of dreams, any recording featuring Kevin Kastning evokes a singular feeling, a feeling not easily described in words but one that knows no other, whether it be one of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-14)

Grant Cutler - Self Portrait

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Self Portrait gives us an interesting combination of process-based composition and improvisation. The composer recorded a number of musicians improvising with tape-delayed audio of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-25)

Roland Bühlmann - Bailenas

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Roland Bühlmann’s second album is very much in the same vein as his 2014 release, Aineo. Once again, he plays various stringed instruments (mostly guitar and bass, but also...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-21)

Markus Reuter - Falling for Ascension

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It’s beginning to look like a reviewer could make a full-time job of just writing about the music Markus Reuter releases. Even taking into consideration that many of them are live...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-10)

Led Bib - Umbrella Weather

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Many of our readers should already be acquainted with Led Bib. The People in Your...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-13)

Cast - Power and Outcome

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Seems like it’s been a while since the last release by this outstanding Mexican symphonic prog band, but after further investigation, apparently a couple releases came out in the last few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-07)

Sverre Knut Johansen - Secret Space Program

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This is Johansen’s second release on Spotted Peccary, a follow-up to 2016’s very excellent Earth from Above (followong a half dozen or so releses on Origo Sound and other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-31)

Cantina Sociale - Caosfera

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One of the best Italian progressive bands going, Cantina Sociale certainly can’t be accused of flooding the market with product, in fact this is only their third release since their 2002...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-11)

Knekklectric, Trojka, Suburban Savages & Junk Machine

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Seems like lately more than half of the new music that comes my way is from Norway. If any of it sucked, it would be easy enough to ignore, but between record labels like Karisma and Apollon and a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-03)

Knekklectric, Trojka, Suburban Savages & Junk Machine

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Seems like lately more than half of the new music that comes my way is from Norway. If any of it sucked, it would be easy enough to ignore, but between record labels like Karisma and Apollon and a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-03)

Knekklectric, Trojka, Suburban Savages & Junk Machine

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Seems like lately more than half of the new music that comes my way is from Norway. If any of it sucked, it would be easy enough to ignore, but between record labels like Karisma and Apollon and a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-03)

Knekklectric, Trojka, Suburban Savages & Junk Machine

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Seems like lately more than half of the new music that comes my way is from Norway. If any of it sucked, it would be easy enough to ignore, but between record labels like Karisma and Apollon and a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-03)

Patti Cudd - Eos

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Far from the song-based world of rock and pop, far from the emotion, melodies, and counterpoint of clasical and chamber music, is the soundworld of Patti Cudd, where tapping, scraping, striking,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-04)

Gato Libre - Neko

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The opening, requiem-like cut “Tama” that starts out the disc with a blast of warmth and beauty seems very appropriate given all the tragedies that have hit this ensemble in recent...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-28)

The Aeon - Songs of the Great Beast

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I have to admit that I’ve always found the obsession that some people have with Aleister Crowley somewhat comical, but I guess I’m too much of a rationalist to take that kind of thing...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-23)

Cydemind - Erosion

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I have a problem with many progressive metal bands. They tend to favor aggressive bombastic drums, bass, and guitar over substance. Not so with the young Canadian band Cydemind, who are releasing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-24)

Richard Bone - Age of Falconry

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This July marks US electronic composer Richard Bone’s first release on Mega Dodo Records. Back in the 90s Richard was influenced by Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s explorations into ambient...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-14)

Psychic Equalizer - The Lonely Traveller

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Psychic Equalizer is the musical project of Spanish jazz pianist Hugo Selles, now living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hugo started his project in 2011 with the aim of mixing different genres into a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-02)

Ibex - Parthenogenesis

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Ibex is a young band from Bellingham, Washington, way up in the far northwest corner of the contiguous states, which is a reminder that in today’s world, there’s no point in saying that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-19)

Zero Times Everything - Sonic Cinema

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There’s a long history of progressive rock intersecting with electronic music, going back to Heldon, Manuel Göttsching, and so on, with results of varying quality. The origins of this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-19)

Erik Wøllo - Different Spaces

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Norwegian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Erik Wøllo has close to forty releases out on his own or in collaboration with others, going all the way back to the early 80s. His...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-13)

Green Seagull - Scarlet / They Just Don’t Know

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Taking their name from a mis-heard Rolling Stones lyric, Green Seagull are the latest band to burst out of London's burgeoning neo-psych scene. A shared love for late 60s baroque psych and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-16)

Faust - Fresh Air

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What can I say about Faust? They have been churning out creative music since the late 60s and show no signs of slowing down. Unlike their previous album, Just Us, which they recorded in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-14)

Crystal Jacqueline - Await the Queen

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Neo-psych chanteuse Crystal Jacqueline returns this June with a gorgeous new solo double album, Await the Queen, her biggest release yet. Through her exposure via Fruits de Mer and Mega...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-16)

Yang - The Failure of Words

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When I reviewed Yang’s second album, Machines, back in 2009, it had been a long five years since the band’s 2004 debut, A Complex Nature, and that even included a band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-06)

Gilligan Smiles - Friends, Away, Aeroplane

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It’s sort of amazing that the era of psychedelic rock lasted only a few years, basically 1966 to 1969, and that if someone sounded psychedelic in 1974, they would have seemed hopelessly out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-06)

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus - Mirrors

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With the commercial and critical success of their 2015 release Beauty Will Save the World, their first new album in nearly 20 years, the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus (RAIJ)...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-05)

EchoTest - From Two Balconies

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Sometimes an album just takes a while to soak in, doesn’t allow for easy summarization. After multiple listens, I’m not sure I’ve really got a handle on From Two...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-21)

Weserbergland - Sehr Kosmische - Ganz Progisch

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When you think of White Willow, you think of symphonic progressive rock, so the prospect of a project led by that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-26)

Peter Baumann - Romance 76 & Trans Harmonic Nights

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Peter Baumann was an integral part of Tangerine Dream from 1971 to 1977, which in my opinion was the group’s best period. So I was excited in 1976 when Peter Baumann released his first solo...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-07)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

The Brainiac 5 - Journey to X

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Looking back on the history of The Brainiac 5, there is a clear progression, from psych / space inflected punkish pub rock to more professional-sounding and sophisticated material — though...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-21)

Richard Pinhas - Reverse

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Richard Pinhas is no stranger to us here at Exposé. He has a very long musical career and at the ripe old age of 65 he continues to push the musical boundaries both as a solo artist...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-18)

Escapade - So You Know

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For those just tuning in now, Escapade was a New York based free-psych improvisational heavy stoner rock band that operated from the mid-90s until around 2006, with a rotating cast of musicians...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-29)

Jasun Martz - Solo Exhibition: Non-Finito

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This career-spanning retrospective collection presents a dizzying variety of sounds from composer Jasun Martz. It serves as a sampler from his box set Solo Exhibition, which contains eight...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-06)

Lorenzo Montanà - Phase IX

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Italian ambient soundcrafter Montanà has released a number of albums since 2009, both solo and in collaborations, most are nearly impossible to find unless one seeks them out. In 2015,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-04-09)

Kshettra - Five Mothers

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Kshettra, named with a Sanskrit word denoting a holy area, is a progressive / experimental / post-rock instrumental band from Moscow. Kshettra has gone through a number of personal changes since...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-04)

A Projection - Framework

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With today’s resurgence of progressive and psychedelic music I suppose it was only a matter of time before neo-post punk / New Wave bands would appear on the scene. One such is A Projection,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-01)

Schooltree - Heterotopia

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There are some who would have you believe that rock music is just entertainment, and that any attempts to make it “art” are pretentious and worthy of scorn. I am not one of those...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-27)

Various Artists - Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik Düsseldorf 1982–1989

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In the early 80s, with the rise of affordable electronics and recording equipment, cassette culture took off. Anyone with a few dollars could set up a home recording studio and create music....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-15)

Various Artists - Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984–1989

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During the five years prior to the wall coming down, East German musicians, painters, poets, filmmakers, and performers began to open up new territory, crossing genres and jumping back and forth...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-11)

Conrad Schnitzler - Filmmusik 1 & 2

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Conrad Schnitzler was one prolific composer. Six years after his passing we are still presented with music from his archives. In 1975 he recorded a number of untitled pieces intended as soundtracks...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-08)

Wingfield / Reuter / Stavi / Sirkis - The Stone House

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In the rock world, music is dominated by bands consisting of a more or less consistent group of players. There are also solo artists, some of whom have set backing bands, but those musicians are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-24)

Jihye Lee - April

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The last two large-ensemble jazz recordings to cross my desk were

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-14)

Ape Shifter - Ape Shifter

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Jeff Aug is the guitar hotshot in this three piece German instrumental hard-rock / psych / metal outfit. Somewhere I had heard the name before, and indeed after a little research I discovered I am...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-26)

O.R.k. - Soul of an Octopus

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The first O.R.k. album was a pleasant surprise, presenting an imaginative take on the confluence of heavy rock with atmospheric production and strong vocals. Soul of an Octopus gives us...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-17)

Steve Roach - Fade to Gray

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A Companion release to Painting in the Dark, which I eviewed a couple weeks ago, Fade to Gray is a similar endeavor but without a lot of the melodic color and variation that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-22)

Forrest Fang - Following the Ether Sun

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The thing that differentiates Forrest Fang’s music from all the other ambient guys is his extensive use of acoustic instruments. This has always been the case, at least going all the way back...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-15)

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures - Glare of the Tiger

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The title track of Glare of the Tiger starts off this album with more than 13 minutes of pure funky electrojazz bliss, complete with distorted Rhodes, cosmic organ, grooving percussion,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-13)

Steve Roach - Painting in the Dark

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Each of Roach’s floating ambient releses seems to fall into one of several categories, one of which is the breathing organic elemental pieces that evolve slowly and push forward, unmasking...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-08)

Dieter Moebius - Musik für Metropolis

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In 2012 Dieter Moebius was invited to perform a musical accompaniment to Fritz Lang’s sci fi silent film classic Metropolis. His approach to scoring the 2 ½ hour film was to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-03-18)

Thinking Plague - Hoping against Hope

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I’m not going to complain about the years between Thinking Plague albums. The gap between In Extremis and A History of Madness was only five years, by far the shortest...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-07)

Satoko Fujii - Invisible Hand

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Among the instruments common in jazz music, the piano occupies a special place as a foundational part of most ensembles. And given the instrument’s wide range of possible sounds, there is a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-24)

Noah Preminger - Meditations on Freedom

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Tenor player Noah Preminger’s recorded work only started in 2008, but Meditations on Freedom is his seventh release under his own name — he’s also got a few credits as a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-10)

Erik Griswold - Ecstatic Descent

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Griswold is an Australia-based composer and pianist, with a number of previous releases on the Australian experimental music label Room 40. His interests lie in hybrid sound combinations and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-02-12)

OmnisighT - The Power of One

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January 20, 2017 saw the release of Canadian prog metal band OmnisighT's fourth album The Power of One. OmnisighT is the fearsome and intimidating foursome of Raj Krishna (lead vocals...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-03-07)

Club d'Elf - Live at Club Helsinki

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Club d’Elf is a Boston area band that’s been around more than a decade, though this is the first time I’ve encountered them. The band is built around bassist Mike Rivard and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-02-27)

Paolo Siani ft. Nuova Idea - Faces with No Traces

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Paolo Siani is the drummer for the Italian progressive band Nuova Idea. Over the years he has pursued a number of different musical projects. Faces with No Traces is his latest solo album....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-14)

Mark & The Clouds - Cumulus

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On March 10, 2017 Mark & The Clouds release Cumulus, their second album of homespun 60s pop-psych tunes. Extending what they started on their 2014 debut album, Mark & The Clouds...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-07)

Sweeney Straddles the Sun - Tarantula

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Sweeney Straddles the Sun is the solo project of Glaswegian artist Jason Sweeney. A very strange performing name as straddling the sun can be extremely dangerous, plus I do not fully appreciate how...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-24)

Us & Them - When I Was Walking / Green Couch

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To both kick off the new year and to follow up their new EP of Sandy Denny covers for Fruits de Mer, Britt and Anders are releasing a brand new single of original material on Mega Dodo. If...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-31)

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2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Daevid Allen Trio - Live 1963 – The fruitful seeds of the Canterbury sound have always been traceable back to the Wilde Flowers. So what if a valid live document of beat poetry just happened to suddenly surface as part of Rob...  (2005) » Read more

The Silverman - Blank for Your Own Message – The secondary title for this release is “A Zen Opera in Seven Parts,” and I will set aside any questions about the appropriateness of the Buddhist reference. If you really want to call it an...  (2009) » Read more

Amorphis - Am Universum – Back when I was in my early teens, I went through a phase where I liked heavy metal. Black Sabbath’s Paranoid was my favorite LP. That phase didn’t last very long, and I haven’t...  (2001) » Read more

Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways & Moonloop EP – Their third full album, The Sky Moves Sideways is Porcupine Tree's strongest release yet. Featuring three long 17-18 minutes tracks, the album flows effortlessly from laid back Floyd-like...  (1995) » Read more

Mind's Eye - Waiting for the Tide – Mind's Eye may not have the most original name, but this quartet (vocals, guitar, bass, and a drummer who also plays keys) more than makes up for it with a sound that is. The requisite elements of...  (2000) » Read more



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