Exposé Online banner

Areknames — Love Hate Round Trip
(Black Widow BWRCD 094-2, 2006, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2008-01-01

Love Hate Round Trip Cover artBy the very nature of the progressive rock “scene” you run into a lot of groups classified as retro, and by and large by “retro” people mean “sounds like Genesis.” This simplification of description does injustice to the variety of the actual progressive music of the era. Areknamés is a band that is fair to classify as retro. More than fair. They are a quartet featuring the compositions of keyboardist and vocalist Michele Epifani, who is in love with the music of the 70s and the analog gear used to make it. But this is darker material; not a jester in sight, and were one to show up the music video would consist of him being chased through the woods in the twilight and executed à la Blair Witch. The booklet mentions many obscure inspirations among the best “proto-prog” groups such as 2066 and Then, Second Hand, East of Eden, Cornucopia, and so on. The most apparent influence, however, is Van der Graaf Generator, both because Epifani sounds a great deal like Peter Hammill, and because many of the riffs have that driving odd-meter pulsating quality that made tracks such as “Lemmings” and “Scorched Earth” so unique to that group. The absence of saxophone and addition of sumptuous helpings of Mellotron and lead guitar changes the flavor ever so slightly, at least enough not to make this redundant. Gothic, angular, and just different enough, Areknamés is well worth exploring.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Areknamés

Latest news

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

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

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

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

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


Previously in Exposé...

Bob Lind - Elusive Butterfly - The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions – In the early sixties at the height of the folk boom, Denver based singer/songwriter Bob Lind was regularly working the coffee houses in the area, and later (as the local folk scene dried up) moved to...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues