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Isobar - Isobar

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Isobar: an isogram (meteorological map) connecting points having comparable barometric pressure at any given time. It’s also the name of a new instrumental progressive rock band from San...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-30)

Kekal - Quantum Resolution

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Kekal is a band originally formed in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1995, with about sixteen albums to their credit, originally a trio with guests playing something akin to straight up metal (black metal,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-28)

Ex Norwegian - Hue Spotting & Spotting Hues

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On June 5 this year neo-psych band Ex Norwegian released two albums: Hue Spotting containing ten original tunes by Ex Norwegian founder Roger Houdalle and Spotting Hues, a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-27)

Ex Norwegian - Hue Spotting & Spotting Hues

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On June 5 this year neo-psych band Ex Norwegian released two albums: Hue Spotting containing ten original tunes by Ex Norwegian founder Roger Houdalle and Spotting Hues, a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-27)

Mani Neumeier & Okinawa Friends - Galapagos

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With Galapagos, Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier visits Okinawa and sits down to jam with his Okinawa Friends. The result is a loose rhythmic journey full of intriguing sounds. Neumeier...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-26)

July - The Complete Recordings

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Way back in the mid-60s there was a British band called The Tomcats, led by songwriters Tom Newman (also guitarist) and Peter Cook, along with drummer Chris Jackson and bassist Alan James. After...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-25)

Kawabata / Pinhas / Mujica / Pereira / Higashi - Alturas

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Free-form improvisation by musicians that have not worked together before is a risky proposition. The odds of disaster (or even mediocrity) are fairly high, but in the case of Alturas,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-24)

Illegal Aliens - Territory

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The recorded history of The Muffins goes back to 1974 or maybe even earlier – even though their first album proper, Manna / Mirage, wasn’t released until 1978. The early...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-23)

Chouk Bwa and The Ångströmers - Vodou Alé

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The Ångströmers are the Belgian production duo of Nicolas Esterle and Frédéric Alstadt, who also contribute dub electronics, minimalist sound design, and represent the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-22)

Soft Machine - Live at the Baked Potato

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A lot of credit must go to Steve Feigenbaum of Cuneiform and Leonardo Pavkovic of Moonjune, the former for releasing all kinds of Soft Machine archival and live material in the years after the band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-17)

Vespero - The Four Zoas

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Russian psych / prog / space rockers Vespero are back with a new album, The Four Zoas, based on the uncompleted prophetic books by English poet, painter, printmaker, and visionary William...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-19)

Forrest Fang - The Book of Wanderers

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It seems like just yesterday I was writing a review of Fang’s previous album, Ancient...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-14)

The Grand Undoing - In a Vigil State

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Indeed, a very strange name for a band, though “Is it really a band?” may be a better question, as the only person involved on every one of the album’s ten cuts is one Seth...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-14)

Žen - I Onda Je Sve Počelo

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Žen , Croatian for Women, is an all-female Croatian band whose debut album I onda je sve počelo was released digitally in 2013. This year Moonlee Records reissued it on vinyl to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-16)

Juice Oh Yeah - Juice Oh Yeah

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After seven years, the Saint Petersburgh duo Juice Oh Yeah are back with their second album, Juice Oh Yeah. I would normally question whether the music produced by a drummer and a bassist...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-13)

Ciolkowska - Psikhodeliya

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Russian space rockers Ciolkowska are back with a new album that shows a maturing band growing in confidence and flexing their musical muscles to explore new territory. They have departed from their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-10)

Gato Libre - Koneko

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The instrumental composition vehicle for trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Gato Libre has operated as a trio in the years following their 2014 album DuDu, following the tragic death of founding...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-11)

The Adelaidean - Isolation

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Sean Williams is a best-selling author based in Australia, who – for his recent musical endeavors – goes by the moniker The Adelaidean (or theadelaidean, depending on which album you...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-11)

The Spacelords - Spaceflowers

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As Douglas Adams noted in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one thing about space is that it’s big… really big. No matter how fast you go (barring tricks like...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-18)

Serena Gabriel (featuring Steve Roach) - Inanna's Dream

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Serena Gabriel is a composer, musician, dancer, healing arts practitioner and medicine music maker with many years of experience sculpting sound and creating vibrational therapies that inform her...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-20)

Dušan Jevtović - If You See Me

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I first learned of this amazing guitarist via his 2013 album Am I Walking Wrong? and ever since then his work has astonished me, offering something new and unique up with each subsequent...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-08)

The Devil's Staircase - The Devil's Staircase

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Here we have a new international collective of musicians who claim to play rock music inspired by math and science, "but it’s not math rock." When one considers what music really...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-30)

Green Seagull - Cloud Cover

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They’re ba-ack! Green Seagull’s second full length album, Cloud Cover, hit the streets on July 31, 2020. We got a teaser for the album with the release of their

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-07)

Doringo - Gužva u Svemiru

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An instrumental trio from Zagreb, Croatia, Doringo is both the name of the guitarist and the band (he’s also a photographer, video and audio engineer), and for their second full album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-20)

Sam Rosenthal / Jarguna - Sunwashed Evening Fire

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Sam Rosenthal is best known as the founder of Projekt Records, as well as being the main moving force behind the band Black Tape for a Blue Girl since the mid-80s, but his solo work over the years...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-27)

World Sanguine Report - Skeleton Blush

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I first encountered Andrew Plummer last year with Bunny from his other band, Snack Family. World...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-31)

Weserbergland - Am Ende der Welt

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The second album from Weserbergland is certainly a case where being familiar with the debut album does nothing to prepare a listener for the sophomore effort. Ketil Vestrum Einarsen is largely on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-06)

Jon Anderson - 1000 Hands, Chapter One

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Certainly the music of Yes is an important element of my teenage years and a foundation of my understanding of what music is (or can be). But I’m not an uncritical listener, and there’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-03)

Houses of Heaven - Silent Places

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Layered synths, guitar, electronic percussion, and live drums — you could swear you were back in the 80s listening to a new album by New Order, Heaven 17, Gary Numan, Ultravox, or John Foxx....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-04)

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus - Songs of Yearning & Nocturnes

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The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus (RAIJ) is an obscure Liverpool band that has only released three albums and one EP since its inception in 1987. June 2020 saw the release of their fourth...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-01)

Erik Wøllo / Michael Stearns - Convergence

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As one of the founding fathers of the floating ambient genre, Michael Stearns can’t be accused of glutting the market with product, especially in the new millennium, but what music he does...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-30)

Jerry Baiden - Suspension of Belief

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A long time ago in the 90s a colleague at the company where I worked at the time suggested that a friend of hers, who was a guitarist and music teacher, might want to write some reviews for our...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-18)

Manna / Mirage - Face

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By now folks should know that Manna / Mirage, named after the first official Muffins LP, is essentially a solo project of Dave Newhouse with a number of friends contributing instrumentally, and in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-24)

Spirit - Tent of Miracles - Expanded Edition

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The year is 1990. It’s been nearly twenty years since the five-piece Spirit released their landmark album The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, and a good ten years since the band had...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-12)

Kanaan - Double Sun

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Though not new to Exposé, Kanaan is new to me. Double Sun is the third release by this Norwegian power trio. Over the course of 40 minutes and six instrumental tracks,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-29)

Stefan Orins - Summer's Hopes

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Stefan Orins is a pianist and composer with his hands in a lot of different projects: the jazz trio that bears his name, the Circum Grand Orchestra, Ten Worlds, Max Klezmer Band, and many others,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-08)

Ex Norwegian - Hue Spotting & Spotting Hues

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Ex Norwegian is a band that has touched on a number of styles during its more than ten years of existence, and with Hue Spotting, they are in full-on neo-psychedelic mode, presenting a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-05)

Ex Norwegian - Hue Spotting & Spotting Hues

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Ex Norwegian is a band that has touched on a number of styles during its more than ten years of existence, and with Hue Spotting, they are in full-on neo-psychedelic mode, presenting a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-05)

Various Artists - A Band for All Seasons

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Two years ago in 2018, Fruits de Mer released a massive 3LP set The Three Seasons,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-31)

Brian Woodbury - Balladry & Soliloquy

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Woodbury is a Los Angeles based songwriter, lyricist, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and all around wacky guy who composes for television, stage musicals, and his own quirky pop...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-05)

Corpo - III

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The Italian band Corpo (meaning Body) was originally formed in 1969 by three brothers from Montesardo: Biagio Calignano on keyboards and drums, Francesco Calignano on guitars, and Mario Calignano...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-02)

McStine & Minnemann - McStine & Minnemann

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The debut collaboration between Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann is proof that there’s more than one way to make progressive rock. There are no epic multi-part suites, no overarching...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-25)

Might - Might

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Might is a new name on the scene, a two piece band from Hanover, Germany, the husband-wife team of Sven Missullis (vocals, guitars, and drums) and Ana Muhi (vocals and bass). Offering their first...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-18)

Steinar Karlsen - Destination Venus

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Stretch your musical mind back to the early to mid-60s, and chances are quite good you will find Steinar Karlsen – or someone that sounds a lot like him, there. Fact be told, Norwegian...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-15)

OTEME - Un Saluto alle Nuvole

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Osservatorio delle Terre Emerse, or OTEME for short, is a most interesting musical collective, formed around 2010 by musical director Stefano Giannotti, creating a juxtaposition of rock and jazz...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-24)

Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men - Downtime

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It’s reassuring that Nick Piunti, purveyor of intelligent muscular power pop is still going strong in 2020 amid the global pandemic and all. His band is now The Complicated Men, pretty much a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-09)

Zanov - Chaos Islands

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Releasing his first album, Green Ray, in 1977, French synthesist Zanov (aka Pierre Salkazanov) created his sounds using typical tools of the period: ARP 2600, the VCS 3, the RMI, PS 3300,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-06)

Pablo Embon - Harmony Tales

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Argentinean born composer and multi-instrumentalist, by way of Israel for the past thirty years, Pablo Embon has released close to twenty albums going back to 2005’s Time to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-03)

Keith Relf - All the Falling Angels

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Most will know Keith Relf as the singer and harmonica frontman of the mighty Yardbirds for the entire duration of their six year run in the 60s. Others will know him as a founding member of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-21)

Al Bloch - It Was All Once Bright Jewels

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Moving along from the archival collection by My Favorite Martian, Al Bloch...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-22)

Billy Yfantis - Entering the Solar System

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On Entering the Solar System, Billy Yfantis presents ten tracks of abstract electronic sounds, most of which have the definite air of analog modular synthesis, though they were in fact...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-19)

Steve Roach - A Soul Ascends

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In the four decades that Steve Roach has been making music, he has released close to 150 albums, both solo and in collaboration, maybe even more that I’m not aware of, and each new release...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-25)

Odessey & Oracle - Crocorama

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Crocorama is certainly an oddball release, especially in contrast to the other Dur et Doux releases we’ve reviewed over the years. Instead of the harsh and intense music of ni, Ultra...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-26)

Mystified - Yenisei Crossing

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Mid-December 1999. I took a job as the desktop support guy at a defense contractor that made microwave RF components, and of course since nobody had held that position for a number of months, my...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-27)

Polly Fae - Metamorphosis

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It’s been less than a year since I reviewed Polly Fae’s previous release, Dreamwalkers,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-22)

Dive Index - Waving at Airplanes

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Waving at Airplanes is a very deceptive album. On the surface, it’s moody, atmospheric electronic pop, with references to trip-hop and off-kilter pop like Billie Eilish, but close...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-13)

Sophie Tassignon - Mysteries Unfold

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Sophie Tassignon’s Mysteries Unfold presents the first ever all-vocal album on RareNoise, and it’s a beautiful example of how versatile and emotional an instrument the human...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-10)

The Opium Cartel - Valor

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I’m going to say that The Opium Cartel is what happens when musicians at home in progressive rock turn their attention to mainstream pop. Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, Weserbergland,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-07)

Airbag - A Day at the Beach

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Many of us can remember a time when every new progressive rock band could be identified by which era of Genesis they most resembled. Genesis was the ubiquitous influence, the base upon which many...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-04)

The Lounge Bar Orchestra - Pilot Episodes

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Not one to shy away from oddball music, even if it is not remotely psychedelic, Keith Jones of Fruits de Mer, in partnership with Greg Healy (aka The Lounge Bar Orchestra), has issued an album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-08)

Gordon Grdina Septet - Resist

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While the opening track accounts for a solid album side and is certainly the main event here, the four additional tracks round out the set nicely, providing some stronger connections to the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-19)

Schizo Fun Addict - The Last Wave

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It is refreshing to witness a band growing and maturing their sound, rather than trying to recreate the past and not moving forward. Schizo Fun Addict’s new album, The Last Wave,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-23)

Quel Che Disse il Tuono - Il Velo dei Riflessi

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Quel Che Disse il Tuono is a young Italian prog band from Milan who have created a superb debut album Il Velo dei Riflessi, or in English, The Veil of Reflection. Now their name...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-20)

Mark McDowell and Friends - Breakthrough

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It truly is a beautiful day when you listen to Breakthrough, the new album by Mark McDowell and Friends. Golden sun flakes dapple the ground as you gambol through fields of sun-blossomed...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-17)

Datura 4 - West Coast Highway Cosmic

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Australian rockers Datura4 are back with their fourth album and they continue to hone and improve their sound. On West Coast Highway Cosmic they have added the hard rocking sounds of a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-14)

Sphaèros - Possession

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Sphaėros is a unique French artist, performer, and musician who has been the front man for Aqua Nebula Oscillator since 2000. For this solo effort, Sphaėros created seven pieces for seven films...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-11)

Les Grys-Grys - Milk Cow Blues

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Milk Cow Blues is the new single out on State Records by French garage / R & B deviants Les Grys-Grys. There is not a lot of information about the band, even though they have been...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-05)

Lakeman - Progenitor

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Lakeman is a Canadian quartet from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia consisting of Josh Bissonette (guitar, bass, keys/synth, and drums}, Josh Pym (guitar, bass, keys/synth, and vocals),...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-02)

Celeste - Flashes from Archives of Oblivion

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Among the finest bands that represent the Italian progressive scene in the 70s is Celeste. Even though their first self-titled album, often referred to by its first track

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-10)

Robert Schroeder - C'est Magique

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Schroeder (or Schröder as it is sometimes written) is a prolific German electronic artist who has been plying his trade since the late 70s, with around three dozen releases to his credit,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-13)

Tijuana Hercules - Evening Dressings

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Tijuana Hercules is here to say, “Don’t drain the swamp, it’s home to many interesting creatures.” The swamp they’re talking about is the metaphorical musical...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-08)

Sec - L'Aventure Complète de George Gallamus

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L'Aventure Complète de George Gallamus has got to be one of the strangest albums I have ever heard. It is in a league by itself and Sec claims that it is a punk fable inspired...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-06)

Anno Mundi - Land of Legends

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Land of Legends by Italian band Anno Mundi is an intriguing release. It contains eleven tracks, with the six bonus tracks from their 2018 album Rock in a Danger Zone, though all...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-30)

Kevin Kastning / Sándor Szabó / Carl Clements - Convergence I

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Kastning has around three dozen albums to his credit now in various configurations, many of those are duos with Hungarian guitarist Sándor Szabó, like the Ethereal series...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

Tom Eaton - Elements: Audio Environments Parts 1-4

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Often with a piece of music, context exists only in the mind of the creator, and the listener is left with the puzzle of either trying to understand how that came about, or else just accepting the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

Tom Eaton - Elements: Audio Environments Parts 1-4

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Often with a piece of music, context exists only in the mind of the creator, and the listener is left with the puzzle of either trying to understand how that came about, or else just accepting the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

Tom Eaton - Elements: Audio Environments Parts 1-4

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Often with a piece of music, context exists only in the mind of the creator, and the listener is left with the puzzle of either trying to understand how that came about, or else just accepting the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

Tom Eaton - Elements: Audio Environments Parts 1-4

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Often with a piece of music, context exists only in the mind of the creator, and the listener is left with the puzzle of either trying to understand how that came about, or else just accepting the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

The Black Watch - Brilliant Failures

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The Black Watch is an American independent rock band from Santa Barbara, California, whose only constant member has been singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter, John Andrew Fredrick. Fredrick...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-03)

Wished Bone & Spencer Radcliffe - A Bug Crawled in the Piano

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Wished Bone is the nom de plume of Athens, Ohio based singer-songwriter Ashley Rhodus, who also plays guitar, who goes by the pseudonym Slim Morrison on some of her earlier recordings. Beginning...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-28)

Mythology - The Castle of Crossed Destinies

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Mythology is a new band on Black Widow Records that is shrouded in mystery. The only information that I can find, other than what is included in the liner notes, is that they are from Switzerland....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-18)

The Lost Stoned Pandas - Tune in... Turn on... Get Panda'd

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Band names are sometimes obvious, sometimes odd, and sometimes downright obscure. The Lost Stoned Pandas is one of the odd ones, coming out of the recording sessions for the 2019 Sendelica / The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-15)

Ruphus - Let Your Light Shine, Inner Voice & Flying Colours

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With their third album, Ruphus turned to Terje Rypdal as producer, and the result sees a decided turn away from the symphonic rock of Ransahrt towards jazz-rock. Original singer Gudny...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-23)

Ruphus - Let Your Light Shine, Inner Voice & Flying Colours

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With their third album, Ruphus turned to Terje Rypdal as producer, and the result sees a decided turn away from the symphonic rock of Ransahrt towards jazz-rock. Original singer Gudny...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-23)

Silas & Saski - Power of Three

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This three-song EP is the debut release from Silas & Saski, an important new group with a bright future in front of them. Saskia Maxwell is a singer, guitarist, and flute player with a powerful...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-10)

Steve Piccolo - Domestic Exile

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Steve Piccolo was the bass player and founding member of the 80s New York City No Wave band the Lounge Lizards. One year after they hit the scene, Steve was living a schizophrenic existence,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-09)

Max Corbacho - The Unfolding Dawn

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It’s a strange new world these days, hopefully only a temporary disturbance in life’s continuum, but a disturbance nonetheless, causing artists to look inward for hope and spiritual...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-22)

Aadal - Silver

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Silver is the debut release by the Norwegian quartet Aadal. This instrumental band plays an amalgamation of progressive jazz fusion, progressive pop, and romantic progressive music. Band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-27)

Caleb Dolister - Daily Thumbprint Collection 3, The Wandering

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Exposé readers may recognize his name as the drummer of the international drums-bass-sax trio The Kandinsky Effect, but Dolister has a lot of other projects going, including the Los...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-07)

Jarguna / Henrik Meierkord - Tapestry Flow

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Jarguna is Italian sound sculptor Marco Billi, who creates atmospheric constructs with synthesizers, electronics, and other instruments, much of it in a post-floating ambient style and often in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-28)

Chord - Chord III

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Chord is the duo of guitarists Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve, Vomit Fist, etc.) and Tom Marsan (Delta Garage, The Handler's Hand) mining the edges of structureless free-metal possibilities in a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-19)

Steve Roach & Serena Gabriel - Nectar Meditation

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Arizona based musician, performing and recording artist Serena Gabriel creates sacred sound spaces and performs worldwide. Her exploration of various world instruments (synthesizers, drums,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-16)

Hypercube - Brain on Fire

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First, before anything is said about the release at hand, let’s clear up what Hypercube is. If you go searching on Bandcamp you’re likely to run across Hypercube, a London...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-16)

Lemurian Folk Songs - Logos

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Psychedelic rock is an umbrella style that has several possible approaches to music making under it. One is song-based, taking after 60s bands like The Beatles, The Byrds, Strawberry Alarm Clock,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-14)

Mark Seelig - The Disciple's Path

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Bansuri player Mark Seelig is best known for his collaborations with Byron Metcalf, Steve Roach, Loren Nerell and others, most of which we have reviewed in these pages. In 2005 he privately...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-25)

Ben Cox - Consciousness and Other Tricks of the Light

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With a long history of recording music for television, trade shows, and radio ads, Cox’ main gig is as a mastering engineer for the Spotted Peccary and Lotuspike labels (as well as some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-13)

Silent Chaos - Macro

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Abstract sound is a difficult thing to pull off, and I can’t count the number of failures I’ve heard in the genre. Silent Chaos manages to do it right on Macro, but the reasons...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-08)

Béla Fleck - Throw Down Your Heart - The Complete Africa Sessions

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The set at hand is a combination of two previously released CDs (Throw Down Your Heart (Tales from the Acoustic Planet Vol. 3 Africa Sessions) from 2009 on Rounder Records) and Throw...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-01)

Virginia Trance - Vincent's Playlist

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For all intents and purposes, Virginia Trance is just one guy: guitarist, singer, and songwriter Scott Ryan Davis, who also handles keys and bass on this or that track. The two other members of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-10)

Ganser - Just Look at That Sky

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This Windy City four-piece has one previous album, which I can’t really say I’ve heard, but on this, their second full length release, they make quite a powerful and compelling...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-04)

Various Artists (Billy Sherwood) - A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake

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There is no shortage of progressive rock tribute albums available, and with the recent deaths of many giants of the field, current musicians have been joining together with veterans to pay homage...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-26)

Sky Cries Mary - Secrets of a Red Planet

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Seattle’s veterans of trippy rock are back with their second studio album since reforming in 2016 after a lengthy hiatus. Roderick Wolgamott (lead vocals) and Ben Ireland (drums, synths) are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-23)

John Gregorius - Full of Life

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Tucson based composer and guitarist John Gregorius offers Full of Life, his third Spotted Peccary release following Heaven and Earth (2008) and Still Voice (2016). In the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-29)

Jeff Pearce - Empty Beach, Follow the River Home, Path to Returning & Evening Clouds

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I first became aware of Jeff Pearce back around the turn of the century with the second of four albums he recorded for the Hypnos label, To the Shores of Heaven. It was a collection of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-01)

Jeff Pearce - Empty Beach, Follow the River Home, Path to Returning & Evening Clouds

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I first became aware of Jeff Pearce back around the turn of the century with the second of four albums he recorded for the Hypnos label, To the Shores of Heaven. It was a collection of...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-01)

Jeff Pearce - Empty Beach, Follow the River Home, Path to Returning & Evening Clouds

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I first became aware of Jeff Pearce back around the turn of the century with the second of four albums he recorded for the Hypnos label, To the Shores of Heaven. It was a collection of...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-01)

Jeff Pearce - Empty Beach, Follow the River Home, Path to Returning & Evening Clouds

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I first became aware of Jeff Pearce back around the turn of the century with the second of four albums he recorded for the Hypnos label, To the Shores of Heaven. It was a collection of...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-01)

The Proper Ornaments - Mission Bells

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Roughly nine months after releasing their previous album Six Lenins, The Proper Ornaments...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-09)

Bobby Previte / Jamie Saft / Nels Cline - Music from the Early 21st Century

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I shouldn’t even be writing this review. Any sane person, seeing a collaboration between Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, and Nels Cline, would simply plop down their money without needing to hear...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-02)

Hotel Hotel - Heaven's Will

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Hotel Hotel is Norwegian singer songwriter Vegard Ume (vocals and guttar) accompanied by Bosse Litsheim (drums), Jon Mannsåker (bass), Marius Mørch (guitar), Annlaug Børsheim...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-06)

David Cross & Peter Banks - Crossover

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In August 2010, a few years before guitarist Peter Banks’ untimely passing, he recorded this session of improvs with David Cross, violinist of King Crimson in the 70s and many solo and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-26)

Nektar - The Other Side

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After hanging it up in the early 80s, Nektar resumed activity in 2001 and has been going since with some personnel changes along the way. The Other Side presents a band consisting of Randy...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-24)

Thierry Zaboitzeff - Nebensonnen (Remake)

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In the late 90s, after being an integral member of Art Zoyd for over twenty years (as well as releasing a couple solo albums on the side), Zaboitzeff began to distance himself from his former band,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-17)

Choirs of Aether - Soundpaintings #1 - #4

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Choirs of Aether is the improvisational project of Vermont based musician Bow Thayer, a man who is involved with his own solo work as well as a number of other band projects (Elbow, The Benders,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Choirs of Aether - Soundpaintings #1 - #4

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Choirs of Aether is the improvisational project of Vermont based musician Bow Thayer, a man who is involved with his own solo work as well as a number of other band projects (Elbow, The Benders,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Choirs of Aether - Soundpaintings #1 - #4

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Choirs of Aether is the improvisational project of Vermont based musician Bow Thayer, a man who is involved with his own solo work as well as a number of other band projects (Elbow, The Benders,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Choirs of Aether - Soundpaintings #1 - #4

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Choirs of Aether is the improvisational project of Vermont based musician Bow Thayer, a man who is involved with his own solo work as well as a number of other band projects (Elbow, The Benders,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Gary Husband & Markus Reuter - Music of Our Times

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This is a very unusual Moonjune release, an exploration of ambient sounds and moods instead of the usual jazz idiom, although the way it came about was entirely by chance. The Stick Men (with Gary...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-02)

Todd Rundgren's Utopia - Benefit for Moogy Klingman

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Mark “Moogy” Klingman had a long association with Todd Rundgren, and was one of the founding members of Utopia, appearing on the band’s first studio album and Another...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-24)

Stephen Adams - Sunset inside the Listening Room

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This latest offering from the Harrigan’s Lane Collective in Australia pretty much is what it is, some loose improvisational work by Adams on flute and ocarina, along with Danielle Bentley on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-26)

Trance Mission - Le Pendu

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This amazing world-fusion ensemble released four albums during the 90s; the bandleader was none other than the respected digeridoo player Stephen Kent (with an entire discography of his own). Also...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-14)

Fumio & Osamu - Shinchugoku

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Long out of print, finally reissued in early 2020, Shinchugoku makes a case for being the missing link between Osamu Kitajima’s “Justin Heathcliff” period (the name which...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-14)

Simone Beneventi - Wooden Songs

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I have a healthy dislike for genre labels — so much of the music I like defies categorization, and the labels typically assigned to music often seem so arbitrary. When I use genre labels to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-21)

Chris Russell - Destiny

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With Destiny, ambient sound sculptor Chris Russell takes the listener into the deep floating world where moments are frozen in time and veils of texture float on the solar winds, each of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-08)

Briand Boursin Rohr - The View Inside

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The opening track, “Blackthoughts,” is pretty dark, a Peter Gabrielesque voice accompanied by guitar and piano and a little bit of orchestration, some Gilmour-like lead guitar; without...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-29)

Erik Baron / D-Zakord - 73'

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Erik Baron has been operating on the fringes of the French progressive / avant-garde / experimental music scene for nearly four decades. In the early 80s he was the bassist of the zeuhl-influenced...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-11)

MFTJ - MFTJ

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MFTJ is the new instrumental duo of Scott Schorr and Mike Keneally; the later played guitar for Frank Zappa many decades ago and since then spawned an amazing solo career as well as many offshoot...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-26)

Talinka - Rainbow over Kolonaki

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When we covered Talinka’s first release a few years back, it was an especially strong debut with a warm jazzy...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-23)

Doctor Nerve - Loud

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Loud indeed, but tasty and inventive as well I might add. Doctor Nerve is a musical monster like no other, and even though it’s been around ten years since their last release, they have only...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-20)

Charles Snider - The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, 3rd Edition

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It’s hard to get a concise definition of what progressive rock is, and equally important, what it isn’t. Whether it be a style of music, or an attitude about music, or some other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-27)

Sakina Abdou / Barbara Dang / Peter Orins - Lescence / Gmatique

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Nothing is what it seems to be. The trio at hand involves a saxophone, a piano, and some drums, and regardless of expectations based on those three instruments, it won’t prepare the listener...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-17)

Wolfgang Muthspiel - Angular Blues

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There are so many jazz guitarists in the world that it’s hard for any of them to distinguish themselves. Austrian Wolfgang Muthspiel has a recorded career that stretches back to the 80s, but...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-15)

Brian Woodbury - Levity & Novelty

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Back in my high school days I used to tune in Sunday nights to some low-power station in LA in order to listen to the Doctor Demento show, which ran for an hour or two and featured a wide range of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-08)

Hollan Holmes - Milestones

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What more can be done that already hasn’t been explored in the field of electronic music? A good question. With Milestones, Hollan Holmes is at lest attempting to answer that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-05)

Markus Reuter - Truce

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New music from Markus Reuter is always a good thing, whether it’s under his own name or one of the many groups and collaborations he’s involved with. And luckily it’s something...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-31)

Kanaan - Odense Sessions

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On Kanaan’s second offering, the Oslo based trio teams up with Causa Sui’s Jonas Munk for a set of four improvisation-based numbers, two per album side. Odense studio, owned by Munk, is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-30)

Various Artists - Music of the Piano Mill 2017, 2018 and 2019

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Harrigans Lane Collective in Willsons Downfall, Australia, is the home of the Piano Mill, a center for explorative interdisciplinary projects in rural Australia with a focus on architecture, music,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-27)

Various Artists - Music of the Piano Mill 2017, 2018 and 2019

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Harrigans Lane Collective in Willsons Downfall, Australia, is the home of the Piano Mill, a center for explorative interdisciplinary projects in rural Australia with a focus on architecture, music,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-27)

Various Artists - Music of the Piano Mill 2017, 2018 and 2019

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Harrigans Lane Collective in Willsons Downfall, Australia, is the home of the Piano Mill, a center for explorative interdisciplinary projects in rural Australia with a focus on architecture, music,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-27)

Cheer-Accident - Chicago XX

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Cheer-Accident is a fine Chicago based band that’s been around in one form or another since the late 80s, always evolving, coming up with new ideas, always fresh and never trying to redo...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-18)

Minimum Vital - Air Caravan

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When this Bordeaux area band first reached my ears in the 80s, it was clear from the start that they were on to something different, something unique among bands of that era, and through all the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-15)

Steve Roach - The Sky Opens

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Presented across two discs, this live set, recorded at the 95-year-old First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, California, delivers an immersive experience just shy of two hours, touching on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-22)

Kevin Kastning / Sandor Szábó - Nógrád

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This international duo of guitar explorers offer here a collection of fourteen compositions that they recorded on September 22, 2009 in Nógrád, Hungary. By my count,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-19)

Mythic Sunship - Changing Shapes

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We last checked in with Mythic Sunship with their 2018 album Another Shape of Psychedelic Music, which was an appropriately titled landmark recording for the Danish five-piece band, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-22)

Deserta - Black Aura My Sun

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Matthew Doty, aka Deserta, is a Los Angeles based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitars, bass, keys, electronic percussion, and effects / atmospherics) who was a member of post-rock band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-07)

Darshan Ambient - A Day Like Any Other

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This is Darshan Ambient’s eleventh full length release on Spotted Peccary and sub-label Lotuspike, that’s in addition to a number of self-released and mp3.com releases that it I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-17)

We Here Now - The Chikipunk Years

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This international trio features members from Peru, Brazil, and India/USA, or so the infosheet that came with the promo CD says (the album is also available on standard LP and red vinyl as well)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-05)

YlangYlang - Interplay

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With roots in Montreal’s experimental music scene, Catherine Debard created the moniker YlangYlang for her experimental dreamtronic project that began in 2012. With nearly two dozen releases...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-01)

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2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest - Legacy Live at the Shelpherd's Bush Empire 2006 – The 2006 resurrection of Woolly Wolstenholme’s Maestoso gestated into a full on BJH reunion tour once guitarist John Lees got on board the rock and roll bandwagon. Picking a representative set list...  (2008) » Read more

Krokodil & Düde Dürst - An Invisible World Revealed & Krokodil Solo – Krokodil is a rock band — let's make no mistake. Their strong points are the guitars and vocals. However on An Invisible World Revealed they have mixed in two tracks with a mid-eastern feel...  (1996) » Read more

Sixty Nine - Circle of the Crayfish & Live! – Sixty Nine were an unusual "group" being only a duo of keyboards and drums. For these limitations, Sixty Nine made a pretty big sound, a combination of influences that on the more mundane...  (1996) » Read more

Lussier / Derome / Cutler - Three Suite Piece – This project featuring Canadians Jean Derome (keys, flute, saxes, electronics), and René Lussier (guitars, percussion) along with drummer Chris Cutler, veteran of Henry Cow and countless...  (1997) » Read more

Various Artists - Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute to Finnish Progressive – It’s always fun to review a tribute to music you’re not familiar with. For the most part, I can’t compare these covers to the original versions, so I’ll just describe the music...  (2003) » Read more



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