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Troot - Constance and the Waiting

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Back in the fall of 2017, there were rumblings in the Seattle experimental music community about something special going on at Bear Creek Studios. Many of the local stalwarts were up there with a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-30)

Robert Schroeder - Spaceland

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You hear footsteps coming down the hall, a squeaky door opens and closes and suddenly you are in Schroeder’s world. The German synthesizer pioneer, originally discovered by Klaus Schulze in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-29)

Electric Mud - The Deconstruction of Light

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The first four nodes of heavy distorted bass that pump out of your speaker to introduce the first track, “Deadend Mind,” let you know immediately that Electric Mud means business, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-12-11)

Axess - Seashore

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Axess is the electronic musical project of one Axel Stupplich, active since his First Light album was released in 2002, and with about ten albums since, some released with fellow...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-12-08)

Jack o' the Clock - Repetitions of the Old City - II

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Picking up where they left off with last year’s superb Repetitions of the Old City - I, Jack o’ the Clock doesn’t disappoint with the sequel. I’m not really sure if...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-12-12)

The Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream: Live in Tilburg 2017

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My vision of Ultimate Torment looks like this: I’m locked in a room with a giant screen that can’t be turned off and receives only two channels — professional wrestling and Neal...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-12-09)

Una Stagione all'Inferno - Il Mostro di Firenze

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To set the stage, let’s start with a translation of the band's name and album title. This new Italian band Una Stagione all’Inferno or A Season in Hell released their debut album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-12-10)

Devin Gray - Dirigo Rataplan II

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At the heart of Dirigo Rataplan is drummer and composer Devin Gray. Six years after their first eponymous release the group is back together for a second take. Gray provides interesting and flowing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-12-05)

Hollowscene - Hollowscene

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Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. Coriolanus was successful against various uprisings...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-12-07)

Miguel Zenón - Yo Soy la Tradición

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I’ve heard a couple of Miguel Zenón’s previous albums, but while they were good efforts, neither prepared me for this wonderful recording. Zenón is a saxophonist and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-12-06)

Alchem - Viaggio al Centro della Terra

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I have been anticipating listening to this new album by Italian band Alchem, fully expecting classic spooky and gothic Italian progressive music based on the witch queen, ravens, and cheetah on the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-12-04)

Soft Machine - Hidden Details

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Hardcore fans can argue all they want about whether this is really Soft Machine or not, but it’s kind of a moot point. The Softs went through so many changes in their original run...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-12-03)

Ancient Veil - Rings of Earthly... Live

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On both May 12 and November 11, 2017, Italian progressive band Ancient Veil performed live at the Teatro della Tosse in Genoa, Italy. The band has its origins in Italian progressive band Eris...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-12-01)

Chord - Chord

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Somewhere beyond the three minute pop-song, where the steady beat and catchy melody devolve into a world of purely textural sounds, this is where the soundworld of Chord begins. The four pieces on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-26)

Moon - Extinction

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Moon’s third album presents me with what may be the reviewer’s worst dilemma. I really like it, but I’m having trouble articulating why. To my mind, why is the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-12)

Goad - Landor

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Italian prog rocker Maurillo Rossi (AKA Goad) returned this year with a double album. The first disc is all new material and the second disc is a live recording from 1995 of his 1994 album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-11-28)

Soft Machine - Hidden Details

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From Soft Machine to Soft Ware to Soft Works to Soft Machine Legacy, and now finally back to the band’s original name Soft Machine, the one constant with this band is personnel changes. In...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-09-10)

OH. - Metallia

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Back in 2015 I wrote about the debut of one-woman prog-metal artist OH. Olivia Hadjiioannou seems to have the uncanny ability to touch any musical instrument and immediately produce impressive...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-27)

Downpilot - This Is the Sound

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Downpilot is Paul Hiraga’s solo effort, with This Is the Sound being his sixth release, though this is my first encounter. The album’s ten songs are edgy yet dreamy takes on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-11-25)

Kraan - The Trio Years

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Kraan has been going strong since their debut in 1972 around the core of bassist Hellmut Hattler and brothers Peter Wolbrandt (guitar) and Jan Fride (drums), and although their studio work has had...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-23)

Hyvmine - Fight or Flight

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I am by no stretch of the imagination or definition a metal head. I went through a brief phase as a teenager where Black Sabbath was one of my favorite bands, but it had passed by the time the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-27)

Vacuum Tree Head - Aasraa

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Aasraa is by far the more mysterious of the two recent Vacuum Tree Head EP releases, though I wouldn’t say it’s any better or worse than its partner release

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-20)

Vacuum Tree Head - Botofogos in Shadow Position

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And suddenly, after about five or six years of silence, there are two new Vacuum Tree Head EPs. I think the last one I heard was Hypothetical Quandaries (n) from around 2012. I think there...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-11)

Crystal Jacqueline - Live

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In June 2017 Crystal Jacqueline and her band performed at the Sonic Rock Solstice Festival in Worcestershire, England where someone slyly bootlegged their performance, producing a homemade CD and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-11-22)

Hattler - Velocity

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Though most will know Hellmut Hattler as a founding member and bassist of Kraan, many are not aware of his works outside of that band, which probably began in 1977 with his solo album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-14)

The Sheen - The Sheen & Trash Hazard

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The Sheen is a relatively new band from the small city of Bellingham, Washington, and in their short existence they’ve already been through two distinct phases. The personnel for their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-03)

The Sheen - The Sheen & Trash Hazard

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The Sheen is a relatively new band from the small city of Bellingham, Washington, and in their short existence they’ve already been through two distinct phases. The personnel for their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-03)

Phillip Johnston and the Coolerators - Diggin' Bones

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If Johnston’s name sounds a little familiar to some, it may be because he is a founder, leader, composer, and saxophonist of one of his other (many) bands, the New York based Microscopic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-17)

Alister Spence / Satoko Fujii - Intelsat

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I’ve lost count now, but this is apparently the ninth (of twelve) releases that Satoko Fujii is releasing for her 60th birthday celebration / marathon. This is an improvisational duo with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-08)

Kira Kira - Bright Force

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So I wonder what Satoko Fujii is going to do after releasing twelve albums in twelve months... (This is the fourth installment of her 60th birthday marathon.) Maybe take a vacation, but the various...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-07)

Yves Lambert Trio - Tentation

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Man, I needed this. After a spell of listening to pretty heavy music, Yves Lambert’s acoustic folk really hits the spot. Some might remember him as a founding member of La Bottine Souriante,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-24)

Alchemy Sound Project - Adventures in Time and Space

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A couple of years ago, this ensemble put out the excellent Further Explorations...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-21)

Orions Belte - Mint

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This Oslo band creates mostly instrumental music in the vein of such 70s sounds as European movie soundtracks and library music, with a gauzy, atmospheric sound that would fit in a David Lynch...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-18)

June Bug - A Thousand Days

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Bands (and the PR people who work for and with them) are free to describe themselves however they see fit, and in the case of June Bug “alternative folk music” seems to be a phrase...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-15)

Gryphon - ReInvention

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Way back in the mid-70s while I was waiting for my DD-214, I was scouring the cutout bin at my favorite record shop in Northside Berkeley and found an album with an interesting front cover, a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-18)

Dividenthal and Aumgn - 3-Methylmorphine Melt & Strawberry Ergotamine

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My musical journey changed after chasing down a live Alio Die CD to a UK label known as Txt. Txt was run at the time by Autumn of Communion’s Lee Norris, who also released the music of many...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-11-07)

Dividenthal and Aumgn - 3-Methylmorphine Melt & Strawberry Ergotamine

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My musical journey changed after chasing down a live Alio Die CD to a UK label known as Txt. Txt was run at the time by Autumn of Communion’s Lee Norris, who also released the music of many...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-11-07)

Kevin Kastning / Sándor Szabó / Balász Major - Ethereal II

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This time out, Kastning (30-string contra-alto guitar, 36-string double contra guitar, and piano) approaches the improvised sounding compositional work as a trio, along with Sándor...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-05)

Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra - Down a Rabbit Hole

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There’s no telling what will come your way when you write about music, and Ayn Inserto was a new name for me, but she has been composing and conducting orchestrated big band music for around...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-11-02)

Jamie Saft - Solo a Genova

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One thing you can count on from Jamie Saft is that each new recording has a good chance of sounding unlike what you’ve heard him do before. I’ve heard him in a variety of settings, from...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-21)

The Jamie Saft Quartet - Blue Dream

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This quartet, like his trio with Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte, represents the more traditional jazzy side of Jamie Saft’s work. As in the trio, Saft limits himself to piano, and his...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-09)

Tom Dyer and the True Olympians - 12 New Recordings

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When a catchy garage rock song is grooving along, and you notice that the lyrics are talking about Antonio Gramsci, you know this is no ordinary rock ‘n’ roll band. That’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-31)

Haruomi Hosono - Light in the Attic Reissues

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When Yellow Magic Orchestra’s first album came out in 1978, listeners around the world were treated (many for the first time) to creative music from Japan, something that wasn’t just...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-06)

Haruomi Hosono - Light in the Attic Reissues

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When Yellow Magic Orchestra’s first album came out in 1978, listeners around the world were treated (many for the first time) to creative music from Japan, something that wasn’t just...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-06)

Haruomi Hosono - Light in the Attic Reissues

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When Yellow Magic Orchestra’s first album came out in 1978, listeners around the world were treated (many for the first time) to creative music from Japan, something that wasn’t just...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-06)

Haruomi Hosono - Light in the Attic Reissues

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When Yellow Magic Orchestra’s first album came out in 1978, listeners around the world were treated (many for the first time) to creative music from Japan, something that wasn’t just...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-06)

Haruomi Hosono - Light in the Attic Reissues

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When Yellow Magic Orchestra’s first album came out in 1978, listeners around the world were treated (many for the first time) to creative music from Japan, something that wasn’t just...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-06)

Galasphere 347 - Galasphere 347

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Take a look at who’s involved in this project, and you’ll see familiar names (if you’re a person who pays attention in the world of progressive rock): from Henry Fool we get...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-31)

Armonite - And the Stars Above

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For their 2018 outing, the duo of Paolo Fosso (keyboards, compositions, arrangements) and Jacopo Bigi (acoustic and electric violin, viola, ukulele) present a set of pieces produced with movie...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-28)

The Green Pajamas - Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3

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Are we to the point in the history of modern music where everyone who would be inclined to like The Green Pajamas has already heard them and fallen in love? Just in case there are some stragglers,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-25)

Xavi Reija - The Sound of the Earth

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Drummer Xavi Reija has had a partnership with guitarist Dušan Jevtovič for some time now, going back to Reija’s 2006 album Dream Land that I’m aware of. They did the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-22)

David Cross - Crossing the Tracks

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As I understand the story behind this new release by veteran violinist David Cross, Cleopatra label head Jürgen Engler presented the musician with 12 tracks of music, giving him the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-19)

Det Skandaløse Orkester - No Er det Skandale Igjen! & Tenk Om Noen Ser Deg

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So here’s a question for you. If you didn’t understand any English, how much would you enjoy Frank Zappa’s music? (I’ll allow that for some listeners, it’s the words...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-16)

Det Skandaløse Orkester - No Er det Skandale Igjen! & Tenk Om Noen Ser Deg

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So here’s a question for you. If you didn’t understand any English, how much would you enjoy Frank Zappa’s music? (I’ll allow that for some listeners, it’s the words...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-16)

Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores - The Opposite

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It’s been around six years since Sister Death, the last album by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-27)

Jeff Berlin - Joe Frazier - Round 3

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“Joe Frazier” was one of the highlights of the somewhat overlooked third Bruford album, Gradually Going Tornado — which is a fine album, and would be a standout in any...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-11)

Madhavi Devi - The Truth of Being

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The six tracks on The Truth of Being are explorative ambient inward journeys of discovery, meditations that search for inner peace and find it via bountiful musical visions that at once...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-21)

Carl Weingarten - Living in the Distant Present (2018 Remaster)

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From 1980 through 1984, the St. Louis Missouri based guitarist’s recorded output was mostly through collaborations with various other local musicians: Gale Ormiston, Walter Whitney, David...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-24)

Spectrum Orchestrum - It's About Time

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French five-piece Spectrum Orchestrum started back in 2007, and has been pretty much flying under the radar all this time. We were introduced to them with their last release

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-08)

Magma - Londres 17 Mars 1974

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Any time Magma archival releases come out, yours truly is somewhere near the front of the line to make the purchase. I’ve heard enough bootlegs through the years, especially from this period,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-15)

Judy Dyble - Earth Is Sleeping

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There is no mistaking the unique and hauntinly beautiful voice of Judy Dyble, who, since her days as singer and founding member of Fairport Convention, in the pre-Crimson assemblage of Giles, Giles...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-12)

Space Streakings - First Love Remastered, 7-Toku & Shakuhachi Surprise

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The band called Space Streakings didn’t last very long, with three years or so between their beginnings and splitting up, but the two albums they released, plus a collaboration with the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-20)

Mark Wingfield - Tales of the Dreaming City

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Tales of the Dreaming City finds guitarist Mark Wingfield back in the driver’s seat, leading a band that takes Yaron Stavi (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums) from

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-13)

Steve Roach - Slow Heat (20th Anniversary Remastered Legacy Edition)

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I’m happy to say that I have most of the Steve Roach back catalog, and have listened to all of those many times over the years, sometimes even leaving them play in an endless loops for days...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-01)

J. Peter Schwalm - How We Fall

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J. Peter Schwalm is back with another set of intriguing electronic music. The Beauty of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-09)

Sons of Alpha Centauri - Continuum

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This instrumental band brings together sounds from several decades to make an appealing style. There are some heavy riffs that would, depending on their surroundings, work in anything from 80s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-06)

The Man from RavCon - Another World

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Mike Brown has been releasing music as “The Man from RavCon” for nearly ten years, but this album is the first I’ve heard. Judging by the covers of his previous albums, he seems...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-06)

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda - Mizu

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Sometimes with Satoko Fujii, less is definitely more. Back in 2016, Fujii and bassist Fonda’s first recording together, simply titled Duet, was an exceptional collection of masterful...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-09-28)

Carl Weingarten - This Is Where I Found You

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Some artists have a uniquely identifiable sound, just the combination of composition, playing style, choice of arrangements, and overall production. So even though Carl Weingarten works in a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-09-24)

Pymlico - Meeting Point & Nightscape

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This Oslo band plays instrumental music inspired by various forms of classic music, especially 70s soundtrack music, funk, and early jazz fusion. Somehow, they also end up having some features in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-02)

Steve Roach - Electron Birth

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In most circumstances, a CD with only two tracks would be considered a ‘single,’ but when the total time of the two tracks approaches the 70-minute mark, and consists of two essentially...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-09-21)

Chris Russell - Echo

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It’s often said that dreams only last for a few minutes, but they sometimes seem like hours when they are recalled, often connecting with previous dreams in a restless continuum that wanders...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-09-14)

Darrell Katz & The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra - Rats Live on No Evil Star

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Darrell Katz has been around for a number of years (the earliest recording on his site is Flux, from 1992, credited to the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra), in fact he was the founder of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-09-17)

Disen Gage - Nature

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Nature is one of several new Russian releases that dropped into my mailbox in June. Disen Gage is an experimental musique concrète project that is surprisingly accessible....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-10-10)

Kong Klang - Kong Klang

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A melodic rock song featuring both slide guitar and harpsichord… Who would do such a thing? Norwegian songwriter Lasse Myrvold and his cohorts in Kong Klang would. And it works. This kind of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-25)

Detieti - V Obshchikh Chertyakh & Frogressive Punk

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau is probably the last person I would have expected to see on the cover art for a prog rock release, let alone one from a Russian band. But there he is smiling at you on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-10-10)

No Fast Food - Settings for Three

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When last we met drummer Phil Haynes, he gave us Sanctuary, a set of pieces for solo drum kit....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-28)

Luminous Newts - Songs from a Local Universe

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This Berkeley, California group of musical amphibians is based around the eclectic songwriting partnership of Eric Kampman (keyboards and vocals) and Thea Kelley (vocals, who also sings in Jack...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-09-03)

Greg Segal - 33

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Why 33? It’s not a 33 1/3 LP (at least yet). This is, in fact Segal’s 33rd solo album, which also happens to be a really interesting nine-part workout of dreamlike sequences of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-31)

Pressor - Weird Things

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Harsh electronics, distorted guitar, power chords, and heavy metal sludge ooze out of your speakers for four stoner rock and doom laden tracks: “Heavy State,” “Weird...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-10-07)

Regal Worm - Pig Views

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The third part of the Regal Worm trilogy, Pig Views, hit the streets on July 13, 2018. For this installment Jarrod Gosling used a more song-based format and delivers nine songs, with two...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-22)

Klangwelt - The Incident

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Gerald Arend (AKA Klangwelt) is not a prolific musician. He released his previous (third) album, XOIO, in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-16)

Klaus Schulze - Silhouettes

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Klaus Schulze turned 71 on August 4, 2018 and he is still releasing new music, though he has slowed down over the years. His discography is so massive, it is a challenge to comprehend,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-10-03)

Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles III

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It seems like it was only yesterday that I reviewed Cromlech Chronicles II and now Fruits...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-10-03)

Steve Roach - Return to the Dreamtime

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During the process of revisiting, remastering, and reimmersing himself for the 30th anniversary edition of his classic album Dreamtime Return, Roach was inspired to expand upon parts of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-27)

Fuchsia - Fuchsia (Deluxe Edition)

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Back in 2013, after Fruits de Mer released the Me and My Kites 7-inch with Tony Durant, I went on a search for Fuchsia’s albums. Even the CD reissues were difficult to find, but find them I...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-30)

Wreckless Eric - Construction Time and Demolition

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Eric Goulden (AKA Wreckless Eric) has been part of the underground music scene since 1977 when he was barely out of his teens. His new album, Construction Time and Demolition, is the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-30)

Banabila / Saka - 1993

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At Peter Gabriel’s UK Womad Festival in 1992 Michel Banabila and Yaşar Saka performed together as an “East Meets West” performance. They then went on to record and release two...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-26)

Onségen Ensemble - Duel

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These enigmatic Finns return to the fold after two years with their second full length album, Duel. Onségen Ensemble have matured their sound, moving away from stoner rock to a more...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-26)

Real Ax Band - Just Vibrations - Live at the Quartier Latin Berlin

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Real Ax Band might have been something of a minor footnote in German jazz rock history, their original recorded output was limited to an album and a few songs on anthologies, but they were a much...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-09-27)

Mahobin - Live at Big Apple in Kobe

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This is another project featuring pianist Satoko Fujii along with her trumpeter husband Natsuki Tamura, this time under the name Mahobin (a Japanese word meaning Magic Bottle), along with two other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-24)

A Prouder Grief - A Golden Boat

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I should know better than to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the album art grabs my attention and sets my expectations for the music. So with the medieval cover art of A Golden...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-23)

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda / Gianni Mimmo - Triad

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Triad came about as Fujii (piano) and Fonda (double bass & flute) were planning a European tour following their 2016 Duet album, and were in touch with Long Song label owner...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-20)

Cuasares - Afro-Progresivo

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Like a comet streaking through the heavens, the vintage sounds of Cuasares (the enigmatic studio project by pianist / arranger / visionary Waldo Belloso) splashes a wild esoteric mixture of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-23)

Kevin Kastning / Balász Major - Kismaros

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If I had to review this collaboration between Hungarian percussionist Balász Major and American guitarist Kevin Kastning in a single word, it would be “sparse.” Sparse in a good...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-20)

Regal Worm - Pig Views

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Surely every progressive rock fan in the world has been paying attention to Regal Worm by now. If they aren’t, it’s time to start. Pig Views continues the amazing run of Jarrod...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-22)

Pyramid - Pyramid

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Guerssen continues to reissue albums by the legendary Toby Robinson. The latest is Pyramid with its single 33-minute track, “Dawn Defender.” Recorded between 1975 and 1976,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-19)

Dog Drive Mantis - How Did We Get Here?

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From the wilds of Ontario — Mississauga, to be precise — comes this genre-defying band. With elements of math rock, post rock, jazz, and “other” among the references, they...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-18)

Kraków - Minus

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Just as the band Asia was not from Asia, Kraków is not Polish, but from Bergen, Norway. Approaching Minus from the perspective of a progressive rock fan, it’s a bit like...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-15)

Various Artists - Saz Power

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I don’t remember anymore when I first discovered the wonders of Turkish psychedelic rock, but it’s stuck with me for a long time. Starting back in the 60s, European and American rockers...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-21)

Various Artists - Saz Power

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The burning question here is, what is a saz? The saz or bağlama is a member of the family of plucked string, long-necked lutes used in Ottoman classical music, Turkish folk music, Iranian music,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-21)

Traffic - First Exit

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On September 12, 1967, three months before releasing their first LP, Mr. Fantasy, Traffic performed live on Radiohuset in Stockholm, Sweden to a large crowd. This radio broadcast was...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-19)

Jodie Lowther & A.R.C. Soundtracks - The Blow Volume 4

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Jodie Lowther is back this past June with another new release, this time a split cassette with A.R.C. Soundtracks on Front & Follow. Our Exposé readership should be familiar...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-16)

Guru Guru - Rotate!

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My history with Guru Guru is somewhat unfortunate. Back in the late 70s, their album Globetrotter showed up as a bargain item in the Jem import catalog, and I’d heard they were one...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-18)

The Chocolate Watch Band - Judgement Day / Secret Rendezvous

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This California band is best known for their song “Let’s Talk about Girls,” a track from their 1967 debut album that also appeared on the first Nuggets compilation. Their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-15)

Harvey Mandel - Live at Broadway Studios, San Francisco 2001

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Rock Beat Records is digging up some great shows to release from the vaults of time, like the Paul Butterfield Live in New York 1970 show that I

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-10)

Oho - Gazebo

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Oho has been making great music since the early 70s, seemingly swerving and dodging any typical styles and genres as they avoided the classification game, instead going for whatever direction their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-06)

Koenjihyakkei - Dhorimvishka

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Anyone who’s heard any of Koenjihyakkei’s previous work will know to expect a high-energy adaptation of Magma’s classic zeuhl sound, featuring complex rhythms, singing in an...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-21)

Alan Simon - Big Bang

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So what is this? Alan Simon is a French composer with a varied career originally centered around Celtic flavored folk-rock music, but since around 1999, starting with Excalibur – The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-30)

Grateful Dead - Anthem of the Sun - 50th Anniversary Edition

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A most important reissue in that it contains both the original 1968 mix of Anthem of the Sun, the Grateful Dead’s most psychedelic and experimental album, as well as the 1971 remix,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-17)

Mouvements - Mouvements

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In 1972 Swiss avant-garde guitarist Christian Oestreicher gathered some friends from the jazz-rock scene, among them Jean-François Boillat, Blaise Català, and Jerry Chardonnens, in a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-12)

Temple - Temple

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Guerssen has reissued another one of the legendary Toby Robinson’s one-off projects recorded after hours at Dieter Dierks’ studio near Köln, Germany. Toby’s favorite activity...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-02)

Mark McDowell and Friends - Dark Weave

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Mark McDowell is a UK musician who has been intermittently releasing music since 2001. We in fact reviewed his

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-29)

Corde Oblique - Back through the Liquid Mirror

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Corde Oblique, the band directed by guitarist composer Riccardo Prencipe, has released seven full length albums since 2005, though their latest Back through the Liquid Mirror is my first...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-26)

All India Radio - Space

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Australian band All India Radio is back again with a new album, Space. 45 years ago, veteran British artist David A. Hardy was commissioned by Pink Floyd to paint the cover art for their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-22)

Escupemetralla - The Beautiful Pork Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Espardenyes

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Spanish industrial noisemeisters are back with another short release, the strangely titled The Beautiful Pork Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Espardenyes. The information on their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-05)

Sintesi del Viaggio di Es - Il Sole alle Spalle

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Il Sole alle Spalle by the new Italian band Sintesi del Viaggio di Es is the last of the batch of Lizard Record releases I received this spring. Sintesi del Viaggio di Es is Nicola...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-19)

Basta! - Elemento Antropico

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Basta! is another Italian band on the Lizard Records label, and their new album Elemento Antropico is a set of eleven instrumentals. I was expecting heavy percussion or a drum line from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-15)

Aurora Lunare - Translunaggio

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For their new album released this past spring, Aurora Lunare covered nine different prog rock songs as a tribute. The album opens with a cover of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-09)

Il Sentiero di Taus - Macrocosmosi

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Here is another relatively new Italian progressive band, Il Sentiero di Taus, who have just released their second album, Macrocosmosi. Il Sentiero di Taus, Italian for the Path of Taus, is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-05)

Aperus - Lie Symmetry

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One might be forgiven for not knowing about Aperus, which is the musical project of New Mexico based composer and photographer Brian McWilliams (and do check out the outstanding photography on his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-03)

I Am K - Humans

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It seems that this band released a few individual tracks back in 2015 under the name Kelvin — “Lights Are Low,” “Give It All,” and “Strobelights” —...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-11)

Hanterhir - The Saving of Cadan

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I’m a fan of artistic ambition when it comes to music, though of course there’s always a risk that ambition exceeds the ability to deliver on the plan. Hanterhir is a band new to me,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-08)

Brain Wizard - Most Hella Dopest

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Brain Wizard is basically a one-man band consisting of Kurt Elzner, who is assisted here and there by bassist Zach Lansdowne. Elzner has a long history in music — I remember him from a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-03)

Ted & Majella - Better Together

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This is a little different than the most of the psychedelic, experimental, and progressive rock that we typically cover, but nonetheless enjoyable and certainly well arranged and produced. Most...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-27)

Icarus Peel’s Acid Reign - The Window on the Side of Your Head

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Icarus Peel steps out in front with his power trio Acid Reign to release some brilliant extended guitar-driven acid rock, a departure from what we have grown used to with The Honey Pot and Crystal...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-27)

Flav Martin / Jerry Marotta - Soul Redemption

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I fell in love with Jerry Marotta’s drumming on Peter Gabriel’s second solo album. His use of toms as part of the patterns was distinctive, and not something I’d heard before. He...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-04)

The End - Svårmod och Vemod Är Värdesinnen

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One of the qualities I enjoy most in music is surprise. While there is a potential comfort in music that does what you expect it to, I value the disorientation that comes when creative artists let...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-09-01)

Mezz Gacano and Self-Standing Ovation Boskàuz Ensemble - Kinderheim

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If you are into weird music, then this new Italian album called Kinderheim is for you. Italian musician Davide Mezzatesta (AKA Mezz Gacano) and his RIO band the Self Standing Ovation...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-02)

Runaway Totem - La Traccia

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For some reason, several of the last few albums in my review queue have been odd avant-garde releases. La Traccia by Runaway Totem is no exception. La Traccia is my first exposure...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-09-05)

Roz Vitalis - The Hidden Man of the Heart

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I am slowly discovering new Russian bands and music, at least new to me, and I am impressed with what I am hearing. The latest is Roz Vitalis, a band from St. Petersburg that has been around since...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-26)

Upper Regions - Observing Humans

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James Roditis (AKA Upper Regions) is a Canadian producer and electronic musician who just released a collection of tracks written over the past 25 years. Observing Humans is one long...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-22)

Camino al Desván - Libreto Cat / Cas / En

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In the 80s, Barcelona musicians Maria Dolores García (Lole) and Jordi Cabayol released a series of cassettes as Camino al Desván, Spanish for Road to the Attic. The music on these...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-19)

Dwiki Dharmawan - Rumah Batu

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The moody eclecticism and ethnic richness that permeates all of Dharmawan’s latest release surprised even me, and I had marveled at those qualities in his previous release, Pasar...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-13)

Sweeney Straddles the Sun - Ducks at the Moon

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Jason Sweeney AKA Sweeney Straddles the Suns’ first album, Erect, was released in 2010. Sweeney’s second album, Tarantula, seven years later in 2017 and now his third...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-15)

Dialeto - Live with David Cross

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The title pretty much says it all, with Brazilian trio Dialeto expanding to a quartet with King Crimson violinist David Cross for this show on July 22nd, 2017, the second concert to promote their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-16)

Dušan Jevtović - Live at Home

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Dušan Jevtović is a masterful guitarist, and this live set was recorded in December 2016 in Jevtović’s home town of Kragujevac in Serbia, at the Dečije Pojorište with the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-19)

Emmerhoff & the Melancholy Babies - Circle Six

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Circle Six is my first encounter with this Bergen band that’s been around since the mid-90s and recording since 1999. It is their sixth album, so I headed to Youtube to check out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-25)

Node - Node Live

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It’s been more than 40 years since Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and a few others introduced us to the world of expansive sequenced electronic music that has come to be called the Berlin...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-21)

Vanderson Featuring Lambert - Sequenced Thoughts

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Polish synthesist Vanderson returns with a new album, Sequenced Thoughts, this time joined by Spheric Music’s Lambert Ringlange. The album consists of four tracks in the 16 - 20...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-12)

Ovrfwrd - Occupations of Uninhabited Space

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Last August the Minneapolis prog instrumental quartet Ovrfwrd recorded an in-studio live performance that they intend to release as a DVD/Blu-ray disc this coming Fall. As a teaser and their third...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-08)

WorldService Project - Serve

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WorldService Project’s follow-up to the outstanding For King and Country is called Serve, and it serves (ahem!) up another set of great tunes. No real changes are in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-11)

Escupemetralla - Cosmozumbido

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Escupemetralla is a purposefully obscure Spanish band. They go out their way not to reveal any meaningful information. If you search for them on the Internet, all you can find is this...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-05)

Sirkus - The Noise of Time

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Three years ago German band Sirkus released their debut album Dream Factory. And this past April saw the release of their second album The Noise of Time. Sirkus is a group of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-06)

GEPH - Apophenia

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Emmett Chapman invented his Stick back in the mid-70s, and for the majority of the time since then, it’s been somewhat of a rarity in music outside a small community of enthusiasts. But the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-04)

Curha - I

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Curha is a name used by Curtis Hasselbring for his excursions into electronic music, and if you’re familiar with his other work, it might come as quite a surprise — a pleasant one, I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-31)

Laura Meade - Remedium

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Exposé readers might be familiar with singer Laura Meade from her work with the band IZZ. Remedium finds her presenting herself as a solo artist, and the result is an...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-28)

Son Los Grillos - Garden of Clouds

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SonLosGrillos, the Spanish duo of Marta Rodríguez (vocals) and Mauricio Mora (guitars, bass, mandolin, zither, banjo, lap steel guitar, keyboards, and percussion), is a new band to me, with...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-01)

Wishbone Ash - Twin Barrels Burning & Raw to the Bone

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The first half of the 80s were troubled times for Wishbone Ash; the band that had created classics like Pilgrimage, the mighty Argus, and There’s the Rub only a few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Wishbone Ash - Twin Barrels Burning & Raw to the Bone

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The first half of the 80s were troubled times for Wishbone Ash; the band that had created classics like Pilgrimage, the mighty Argus, and There’s the Rub only a few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Malady - Toinen Toista

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Lately there has been a lot of new and interesting music coming out of Finland. The latest for me is the Helsinki band Malady. Toinen Toista is their second album of five songs, with the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-29)

Peter Banks - The Self-Contained Trilogy & Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology

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A founding member of Yes, guitarist Peter Banks was unceremoniously dismissed after two albums and replaced by Steve Howe. Banks’ creative muse was still on the rise, however, and soon there...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-23)

Peter Banks - The Self-Contained Trilogy & Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology

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A founding member of Yes, guitarist Peter Banks was unceremoniously dismissed after two albums and replaced by Steve Howe. Banks’ creative muse was still on the rise, however, and soon there...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-23)

The Aaron Clift Experiment - If All Goes Wrong

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The third time is the charm, especially for Aaron Clift and his cohorts. I delayed gratification for three months to listen to their new album If All Goes Wrong as I worked through my...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-22)

Milkilo - Atlas

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Milkilo is a French duo of bass and drums, but they don’t sound much like the more famous Ruins. Their music is at time manic and pounding, but not as crazily technical as Yoshida’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-24)

Bruce Forman - Junkyard Duo

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This album is the kind of thing where it’s more or less pointless to pay attention to individual tracks. There are 29 of them, mostly one minute or less in length, so it’s best to ject...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-21)

Various Artists - Goldfish

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Hardly seems possible, but Fruits de Mer Records has reached the ripe old age of 10. And to celebrate this milestone, they released a triple LP in a gatefold sleeve that features selections from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-18)

Permanent Clear Light - Maurice n'est pas la

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Psychedelic Finns Permanent Clear Light are back on Fruits de Mer with a three track 7-inch slab of vinyl Maurice n’est pas la. FdM normally releases singles with at least one cover...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-15)

This Is It! - 1538

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This Is It! What is? 1538 is the melting point of iron (in degrees celsius), but 1538 is also the title of the first album by this new Satoko Fujii trio configuration featuring her...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-20)

Shatner's Bassoon - Disco Erosion

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You can sometimes tell everything you need to know from a band’s name. Any group that would call itself Shatner’s Bassoon is obviously a grimly serious death metal act obsessed with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-17)

Fernando Perdomo - Out to Sea

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Fernando Perdomo is guitarist and bassist for the Dave Kerzner band, and Out to Sea is an appropriate title for his debut album, given that he has been a regular on the “Cruise to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-16)

Tusmørke - Fjernsyn i Farver

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This Oslo band has been pumping out the music lately, this being their third release in the last year or so. And (barring the diversion into children’s music with Bydyra) with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-14)

Azalia Snail - Neon Resistance

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Over the last couple of decades, Azalia Snail has earned the title “Queen of Lo-Fi,” but with Neon Resistance, that designation seems less appropriate. The “Lo-Fi”...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-10)

Bob Katsionis - Prognosis & Synopsis

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Babis “Bob” Katsionis plays guitar and keyboards in such bands as Firewind, Revolution Renaissance, Outloud, and Serious Black, but I’m not knowledgeable on the Greek metal scene,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-16)

Not a Good Sign - Icebound

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On their third album, Icebound, Not a Good Sign delivers a new level of complexity and ambitiousness in their work — the nine songs here easily representing their best effort to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-25)

Church of Hed - Sandstoned

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You never know what kind of surprise you’re going to get with a new Church of Hed release, but it’s always going to be something different than the previous one – that’s the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-06)

Noah Preminger - Genuinity

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This quartet outing finds three-fourths of the group from Preminger’s Meditations on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-19)

Thumbscrew - Ours & Theirs

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These are two concurrent new releases by Thumbscrew, the trio of double-bassist Michael Formanek, guitarist Mary Halvorson, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara; Ours is a collection of original...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Thumbscrew - Ours & Theirs

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These are two concurrent new releases by Thumbscrew, the trio of double-bassist Michael Formanek, guitarist Mary Halvorson, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara; Ours is a collection of original...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Darryl Way - Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock

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It’s been almost fifty years since Curved Air hit the music scene with their first album Airconditioning, and closing the first side of that album was the seven and a half minute...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-09)

Ring van Möbius - Past the Evening Sun

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If you’ve got an itch that is scratched by Il Balletto di Bronzo and Van der Graaf Generator, Ring van Möbius is here to help. Not that they’ve copied the Balletto or VdGG sounds...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-07)

Sirkus - The Noise of Time

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Sometimes you just don’t know why, you can’t put your finger on the reason, but a sound carries some kind of magic that can’t easily be explained. Case in point: Sirkus is a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-06)

Spirit - It Shall Be - The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972

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Subtitled The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972, this five disc set in a clamshell box pretty much covers the formative years of one of the finest and most eclectic bands of the late 60s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-02)

Kristo Rodzevski - The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore

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The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore is an album that takes many listens to reveal itself, and even after maybe a dozen times through, I’m still not really sure what to make of it....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-03)

Bättre Lyss - Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge

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On February 22 the Guerssen sub-label Sommor released the first reissue of a rare Swedish album that was privately released in 1975, Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-17)

The Shadow Lizzards - The Shadow Lizzards

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Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Atomic Rooster — classic heavy rock bands known for featuring the sound of an overdriven Hammond organ. The Shadow Lizzards start off their debut album with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-12)

AeTopus - Totem Totum

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American electronic musician Bryan Jewell Hughes now has six albums out under the moniker AeTopus (Totum Totum is his latest), and with each release he manages to up his game without...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2018-06-22)

Steve Roach - Molecules of Motion

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With such a perfect and descriptive title for the music at hand, Roach’s Molecules of Motion features four long tracks of flowing emotional energy, at once sharing both his Berlin...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-08)

Sverre Knut Johansen with David Helpling - The Vast Expanse

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The album at hand is Sverre Knut Johansen’s third release on Spotted Peccary music. This time his theme is the universe, presented in an electronic symphonic style much like his previous two,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-25)

Bobby Previte - Rhapsody

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As a composer, Bobby Previte has never shied away from ambition, and he appears to have never encountered a genre boundary he didn’t want to erase. In 2016, he gave us

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-19)

Colin Carter - One

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Like the recently reviewed album by David Cross and David Jackson, this is a new recording by...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-30)

David Cross & David Jackson - Another Day

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Expectations can be dangerous. For example, this collaboration between a former King Crimson violinist and a former Van der Graaf Generator saxophonist is bound to generate high expectations in a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-26)

NLTM - Nick Littlemore / Thierry Müller - Days in Vermilion Sands

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NLTM is the collaboration between Nicholas Littlemore (Teenager, Pnau, Empire of the Sun, musical director of Le Cirque du Soleil, and other endeavors) and Thierry Müller (Ilitch, Ruth, Crash,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-18)

Erik Wøllo - Threshold Point

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Across Wøllo’s nearly two dozen albums going back to the early 80s, and even more when one counts all the collaborations, the Norwegian guitarist's explorative sounds have evolved...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-22)

Ümit! - The Testament of Ümit!

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This, the second full length release for this German band from Düsseldorf, comes amid a number of similarly titled EP vinyl releases. The group is led by guitarist and singer Jochen Oberlack,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-18)

Plenty - It Could Be Home

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Many of our readers will be familiar with Tim Bowness from his work with No-Man and Samuel Smiles, and possibly releases under his own name as well, but Plenty is a project that might have faded...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-23)

Steve Tibbetts - Life Of

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Nobody can ever accuse Tibbetts of flooding the market with product. His pace is slow and deliberately so, and of late, now that he’s an established artist, taking about eight years between...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-18)

Cheer-Accident - Fades

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There was a gap of several years between No Ifs Ands or Dogs (2011) and Putting off Death (2017), but Thymme Jones and company seem to be on a roll — here it’s not...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-22)

Marbin - Israeli Jazz

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Having last heard Marbin on their Aggressive Hippies album a few years ago, their latest, Israeli Jazz, is certainly what one would expect from this Chicago-based quartet: a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-15)

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog - YRU Still Here?

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Guitarist Marc Ribot has a recorded history that is so diverse as to be of little use in predicting what a new album might sound like. His group Ceramic Dog consists of Ches Smith (drums,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-09)

The Senior Service - King Cobra

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UK instrumental group The Senior Service released their second album King Cobra on April 27, 2018. Fans of their 2016 debut album The Girl in the Glass Case will be pleased with...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-13)

Miguel de Armas - What's to Come

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Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas makes his album debut under his own name with What’s to Come, a collection of ten varied tunes that presents his nimble keyboard work with a backing of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-05)

Tempest - Thirty Little Turns

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Given my love of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and Boiled in Lead, it would seem like Tempest should be part of my musical life when it comes to folk-rock. But there’s so much music in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-02)

Numina - The Chroma Plateau

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When one puts The Chroma Plateau in the player, the sounds won’t immediately jump out and grab you by the jugular, but instead slowly envelop the listener in a wash of colorful fog...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-04)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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It is always a pleasure to listen to a new release from the fertile mind of the prolific Christian Koch, AKA Vibravoid. Over the past 30 years he has released more than 100 LPs, singles, EPs, etc.,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-26)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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It is always a pleasure to listen to a new release from the fertile mind of the prolific Christian Koch, AKA Vibravoid. Over the past 30 years he has released more than 100 LPs, singles, EPs, etc.,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-26)

Sleep in Heads - On the Air

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There are a lot of metal bands out there who have the mistaken impression that they are “progressive” when their music is so conventional (for its style) that the word becomes a parody...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-29)

Elephants on Tape - Lightweights

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One manifestation of the impact of modern technology in music is the kind of meticulous production used on most pop recordings, where you’ll find such things as kick drum sounds that are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-22)

Fungus Hill - Cosmic Construction on Proxima B

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Fungus Hill is a relatively new band from Umeå in Northern Sweden. They began playing together in 2015, recording an EP, two singles, and a music video. Then in 2017 they released their first...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-06)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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Seems like I was just writing a review of their previous studio effort Mushroom Mantras a few weeks ago — it was in fact February of this year — but the point is that Vibravoid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-26)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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Seems like I was just writing a review of their previous studio effort Mushroom Mantras a few weeks ago — it was in fact February of this year — but the point is that Vibravoid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-26)

Cloud - Plays with Fire

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Tyler Taormina (aka Cloud) released his debut album, Comfort Songs, in 2013. On March 9, 2018 he returned with his new album Plays with Fire. Plays with Fire is a set of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-29)

L'Albero del Veleno - Tale of a Dark Fate

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L’Albero del Veleno, Italian for The Poison Tree, released their second album in 2017 on Black Widow Records. This is an interesting gothic instrumental suite in two acts based on Greek...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-03)

Cream - Nineteen Sixty-Seven

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Vogon Records has unearthed and released some lost broadcasts by Cream during their halcyon days between 1966 and 1967. What we have is a live recording made for Swedish radio plus some unreleased...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-30)

Flutatious - Festival

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Flutatious is a UK band that blends different elements from Celtic, psychedelic fok, progressive rock, and techno dance music. They are Michelle Devonshire (flute), Bill Forwell (bass), Stella...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-27)

Jeff Greinke - Before Sunrise

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He’s been actively recording music since the early 80s, with well over two dozen releases to his credit, yet probably not as prolific as some others in the floating ambient subgenre, but his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-27)

Yuka & Chronoship - Ship

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With their fourth album, this Japanese band continues the growth that has progressed through all of their work. All of their strengths are on display, and everything is nudged up a notch in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-05)

The Brotherhood - Stavia

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The Brotherhood was a one-and-done band from Ohio that recorded and privately released their only album, Stavia, in 1972 (200 copies). Stavia is one of those elusive albums that...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-23)

Apostolis Anthimos - Parallel Worlds

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One of the founding members of Polish progressive legends SBB, as well as Czeslaw Niemen’s band going back a few years before that, this Polish-born guitarist of Greek parents is one of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-21)

The Nazgûl - The Nazgûl

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 50 years, you are probably aware that the Nazgûl are the Dark Riders from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-20)

Richard Wileman - Veil

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Most of us know him as the primary force behind Karda Estra, and before that, Lives and Times, which together account for around a couple dozen albums, but this is the first full length solo album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-18)

Kevin Kastning - 17/66

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Kastning has released nearly thirty albums on the Greydisc label since around 2000 (both solo and collaborations with folks like Sandor Szabo, Carl Clements, Michael Manring, Balasz Major, Mark...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-30)

Dave Liebman / Tatsuya Nakatani / Adam Rudolph - The Unknowable

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This album brings together three creative musicians into a configuration that might at first seem strange: jazz woodwind explorer Dave Liebman, who has been part of expanding the genre in the post...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-15)

Star Sponge Vision - Crowley and Me

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Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime (1875 - 1947), being a recreational drug...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-16)

Us & Them - From the Corner of My Eye & On Shipless Ocean

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Our favorite Swedish gothic psych / acid folk duo has two new releases on Mega Dodo Records this April and June: a 7-inch single, From the Corner of My Eye, and their second full-length...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-09)

Us & Them - From the Corner of My Eye & On Shipless Ocean

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Our favorite Swedish gothic psych / acid folk duo has two new releases on Mega Dodo Records this April and June: a 7-inch single, From the Corner of My Eye, and their second full-length...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-09)

Shob - Karma Obscur

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You may have not heard of French bassist Shob before, but the spting 2018 release of his second album Karma Obscur should help pave the way for further recognition. He has previously...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-14)

Aria Primitiva - Work in Progress

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Since leaving Art Zoyd at the end of the 90s, bassist and cellist Thierry Zaboitzeff as been busy with his own solo work, as well as writing scores for theater and dance, many of which have been...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-13)

Danny Fox Trio - The Great Nostalgist

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In listening to pianist Danny Fox’s album, it occurs to me that while “nostalgia” indicates a fondness or longing for the past, built within the concept is the realization that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-07)

Quimper - A Soft Day

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This February Quimper released another EP of their unique electronica, A Soft Day, a set of four instrumentals spanning roughly ten minutes, each one exploring different territories and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-13)

Hillmen - The Whiskey Mountain Sessions Vol. II

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It’s been about seven years since the first Hillmen release, which was The Whiskey Mountain Sessions, Vol.I. I guess one might suspect that the musicians involved just treat this as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-06)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin - Ninety-Nine Years

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By now, if you have kept up with our reviews of Ms.Fujii’s recent output, you will know that she turns sixty years old this year, and for the occasion she’s going all out, releasing a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-09)

Jordsjø - Jord

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It is widely acknowledged that something special was going on in rock music in Italy from about 1971 to 1976, with quite a few innovative bands recording albums that have come to be regarded as...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-01)

Alfa 9 - My Sweet Movida

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My Sweet Movida is the third album by the UK band Alfa 9. Consisting of Phil Mason (guitar and vocals), Ali Heath (guitar and vocals), and John Bradbury (drums), Alfa 9 presents a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-06)

Crocodile - His Name Is Stan and He's a Bad Motherf**ker

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His Name Is Stan and He's a Bad Motherf**ker is the debut album of a new progressive rock band from Austin, Crocodile. Band leader, composer, and guitarist Kevin Sims has created a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-02)

Colin Edwin / Robert Jürjendal - Another World

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Ex-Porcupine Tree bassist extraordinaire Colin Edwin has been involved in a wide variety of musical ventures. His latest is a collaboration with Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-25)

Choirs of Aether - The Music of Sun Ra (Live at No Town)

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When it comes to evolutionary cosmic free jazz with no boundaries, it’s hard to beat Sun Ra. Few have made as much of an impact or left behind a massive recorded legacy as his, from the early...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-14)

TOC - Will Never Play These Songs Again

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The title is a true statement, because TOC (keyboardist Jérémie Ternoy, drummer Peter Orins, and guitarist Ivann Cruz) is a conduit for free improvisation between the three members,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-04)

Dominique Vantomme - Vegir

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Dominique Vantomme is a new name to me — he has done some work with European pop singers, and has a band called Root that I’ve never heard. But here he is on a session recorded with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-14)

Howlin' Sun - Howlin' Sun

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For anyone who’s grown up on rock music, no matter how sophisticated taste may grow, it’s likely there’s a fondness that survives for a heavy guitar riff based on the blues. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-10)

Kristoffer Bolander - What Never Was Will Always Be

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German label Tapete Records / Bureau B releases a variety of music, but mostly electronic, so I did not know what to expect from this new release by Swedish singer-songwriter Kristoffer Bolander....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-18)

Dobbeltgjenger - Limbohead

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There are definitely multiple ways to approach Limbohead. If you’re coming at it from an indie-rock perspective, it’s a super-tight example of clever melodic rock akin to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-10)

Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin - I Left My Heart in Uncanny Valley

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The Soft Bodies Bleed Out compilation was my first encounter with the enigmatic and intriguingly named Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin. Just the artist’s name is more than enough to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-15)

Sonar with David Torn - Vortex

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A musical world filled with complex mathematical rhythms, odd angles and planes, sharp corners and geometric surfaces, these Swiss practitioners have created their own place in multi-dimensional...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-30)

Traffic - Where the Poppies Grow - Historic Radio Sessions 1967

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For those of you who do not know Traffic's history, the band was formed in 1967 by Steve Winwood after leaving the Spencer Davis Group, along with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason. The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-11)

Mildlife - Phase

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Mildlife, for all intents and purposes, is a dance club band. Their new album Phase is a set of seven mostly instrumental dance groove tunes. They made a judgement error in sending this...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-22)

Beautify Junkyards - The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

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For their third album, Lisbon’s Beautify Junyards takes you into their secret garden of delicate acid folk songs, The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards. Led by João Branco...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-08)

Green Seagull - Scarlet Fever

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Do you know how sometimes you hear a song lyric and because of the way it is sung your mind makes strange connections to other words that sort of make sense? Consider this lyric from the fourth...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-28)

The Dead Centuries - Race against Time

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The Dead Centuries is an instrumental prog metal band from Ottawa. Canada consisting of Adam Tremblett (guitars, bass, and programming) and Bryant McNamara (drums) and when they play live, Jacob...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-18)

Dustin Behm - The Beyond

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Metal guitar shredder Dustin Behm has been honing his skills since the age of 13 as lead guitarist for Portland’s instrumental progressive metal band Increate. When Portland was snowed in a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-14)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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There is nothing wrong with your CD player. I hadn't heard of this band in a long while, it seems that on Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II they are as over-the-top eclectic as the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-01)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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This has got to be one of the saddest and most outré releases since cavemen made music by banging two rocks together. How many of you enjoy listening to the Singing Dogs’...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-01)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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This is one that arrived out of the blue. I’d never heard of Mist of Flying Elbow before this CD came in the mail, and even after listening a dozen times or so to these eight tracks,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-01)

The Monochrome Set - Maisieworld

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As a companion to their recent boxed set of early material, Tapete has just released a brand new Monochrome Set album, Maisieworld. Over three decades later The Monochrome Set continues to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-07)

The Monochrome Set - 1979-1985 - Complete Recordings

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The Monochrome Set is a band that I had heard the name of but never encountered their music. I believe that I first read about them through Archie Patterson’s early efforts with Paradox Music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-07)

Gong Expresso - Decadence

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Expectations can be dangerous things. When I first heard Gazeuse!, it was instantly one of my favorite albums. Sure I knew it wasn’t really Gong, since that name first...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-16)

Kaze - Atody Man

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This is disc #2 in Satoko Fujii’s CD-of-the-month releases commemorating the year of her 60th birthday, so this one is to be released on February 23rd, which is a couple weeks from the date...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-26)

Peter Garland - Moon Viewing Music (Inscrutable Stillness Studies #1)

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We reviewed Garland’s Cold Blue release String Quartets (2009) and his contribution...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-26)

John Luther Adams - Everything That Rises

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Adams is an American classical composer, born in Mississippi, who studied music at Cal Arts in the 70s, and who spent over 35 years of his adult life living in Alaska, during which time he...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-26)

Martin Gordon - Thanks for All the Fish

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Martin Gordon has had a long musical career dating back to Sparks and Radio Stars in the 70s and starting his solo career in 2003. Now 15 years later he has developed into what sounds like a bitter...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-21)

Slivovitz - Liver

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If you thought that Slivovitz’ two previous albums Bani Ahead (2011) and All You Can Eat (2016) couldn’t be topped, well, think again. LiveR showcases this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-19)

Forrest Fang - Scenes from a Ghost Train

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The thing I notice most about Forrest Fang’s music is that his sounds create a world of their own, seemingly existing within an infinite space of possible sounds, all of which are distinctly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-14)

Forrest Fang - Scenes from a Ghost Train

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From the blackboard jungle to the waning crescent and beyond, visionary composer Forrest Fang has been honing and perfecting his craft since the early 80s, and if I’m not mistaken Scenes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-14)

Satoko Fujii - Solo

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So 2018 is the year that Satoko Fujii turns 60 years old (although not until October 9th) and to celebrate, she will be releasing one album every month of the year, which will include releases by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-26)

Kevin Kastning & Sándor Szabó - Ethereal I

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With their arsenal of exotic guitars, Kastning and Szabó masterfully create a mysterious world of sweeping textures, emotional shadows, colorful points of light and shimmering angular...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-19)

The Pretty Things - The Same Sun

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Fruits de Mer continues to release The Pretty Things on vinyl — label owner Keith Jones is a big fan of the band. For this first 7-inch of the new year we have four songs, two from The Pretty...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-20)

Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles II

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If you have been following our coverage of Sendelica over the years, you will no doubt be familiar with their space rock / krautrock / psychedelic output. Their latest release on Fruits de Mer is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-15)

Jaguwar - Ringthing

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Jaguwar is the Berlin trio of Lemmy Fischer, Oyèmi Noize, and Chris Krenkel, who play energetic shimmering shoe-gazer updated New Wave. So far they’ve released two EPs and played live...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-24)

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Austin Bridges - Awake the Day – Austin Bridges is a Christian rock band, who use music to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. I also like to contemplate the mysteries of the universe, which include why Austin Bridges sent a...  (2005) » Read more

Gong Matrices - Gilli Smyth - Parade – For many of us who attended the IPMF in San Francisco in 1999, the long wait in the lobby while Porcupine Tree had ‘technical difficulties’ was rewarded with the unique spectacle of Gilli...  (2007) » Read more

Robert Berry - Pilgrimage to a Point – Robert Berry has been making music around the San Francisco Bay Area for about 20 years now – maybe longer. Probably his only national attention came during the late 80s when he teamed up with...  (1995) » Read more

Gösta Berlings Saga - Tid är Ljud – This doesn't come on the scene with threats to take the prog world by storm, but rather insinuates itself subtly, from the gentle cover art through the music itself, which wraps many styles and...  (2008) » Read more

Kit Watkins - Flying Petals – Haven’t heard much from Kit since Rolling Curve and three related ambient releases in 2001. Flying Petals is one of four new releases for 2004 (this, plus two new ambient releases Unraveled and...  (2004) » Read more



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