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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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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 & The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes I

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Ashley Reaks - Growth Spurts

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Musical collage artists 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)

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...

 » Read more
(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...

 » Read more
(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...

 » Read more
(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...

 » Read more
(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)

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)

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)

Latest news

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

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

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

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

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


Previously in Exposé...

Abiogenesi - Io sono il vampiro – Personally, I feel that the world did not need another progressive rock concept album about vampires, but this one has enough redeeming features to slip through on technicalities. First, it's sung in...  (2007) » Read more

Suspended Memories - Earth Island – Steve Roach is a very individual and influential synthesist: when he is involved in a project he is usually the most distinguishable factor. The Suspended Memories trio is one of these exceptions; its...  (1994) » Read more

Graham Collier - Workpoints – Keith Tippett and ian Carr may be better known, but they were far from the only active jazz practitioners in Britain in the late 60s and early 70s. Bassist Graham Collier was another part of this...  (2006) » Read more

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness – One might ask how Garden Wall could possibly top their previous album, Path of Dreams from 1994. This writer was initially skeptical about that possibility, but after a few listens to this latest...  (1996) » Read more

O Terço - Criaturas da Noite & Casa Encantada – O Terço are a Brazilian rock group that I've always found to be overrated. They suffer from being unclassifiable, and therefore, like many bands are given the label "progressive"...  (1995) » Read more



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