Exposé Online banner

A Prouder Grief — A Golden Boat
(Bekassine br17, 2018, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-09-23

A Golden Boat Cover art

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 Boat, I was expecting to hear something like Gryphon. Boy was I surprised! Instead of courtly music played on vintage instruments, Germany’s A Prouder Grief delivers four solid and serene instrumental tracks that move between progressive rock, jazz fusion, and the psychedelic jamming of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Taking direction from Manuel Göttsching’s Inventions for Electric Guitar, A Prouder Grief builds rhythmic guitar sequences that provide the foundation for soaring violin and electric guitar excursions. The four tracks are built on simple motifs that the musicians trade back and forth, at times adding complexity to the tracks. The slowly building and evolving nature of the tracks reminds me of Proud Peasant’s debut album from 2014 Flight. The final track is a mouthful “Und niemand kann von der stirne mir nehmen den traurigen traum,” German for “And no one can take away from me the sad dream.” Over the course of nearly 17 minutes, A Prouder Grief builds to many false climaxes and then fades away to delicate church organ or piano interludes. The release is sure to please all fans of soothing instrumental rock.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): A Prouder Grief

More info
http://aproudergrief.bandcamp.com/album/a-golden-boat

Latest news

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Heldon - Electronique Guerilla & It's Always Rock 'n' Roll – The reissue of Heldon's first album is one that this writer has surely been anticipating for quite some time. What's even better is that Heldon's very elusive double third album has been...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues