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2014-07-17
RIP Johnny Winter – Johnny Winter, a Texas-bred guitarist and singer who was a mainstay of the blues-rock world since the 1960s, died on Wednesday July 16th in his hotel room in Zurich. He was 70 and had been on tour in Europe. » Read more

2014-07-17
What's next from Johnny Unicorn – Seattle-based musician and composer Johnny Unicorn, while being a full-time member of Autumn Electric, somehow has found the time to record his next album. Angels in the Oort Cloud is available for streaming now, and will be released in physical form this fall. » Read more

2014-07-16
Backhand to play ProgDay 2014 – Four giants from the Venezuelan music scene and an Emmy Award winning singer based in Canada merge their talents and passion for music into an exceptional eclectic prog band. ProgDay is pleased to host Backhand's first performance in the US. » Read more

2014-07-12
Charlie Haden RIP – Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking quartet and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, has died. He was 76. » Read more

2014-07-12
OOIOO North America tour 2014 – Japanese avant-garde band OOIOO will be doing a set of dates in the US and Canada to support their new album Gamel, released on Thrill Jockey Records. » Read more

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Yugen - Iridule This is the third Yūgen release, and the band continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This time out the composing duties went to guitarist Francesco Zago, who seems to be influenced by a combination...  (2011) » Read more

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins — Found
(Spotted Peccary SPM-9074, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-12-14

Cover artFound is the third and final installment of the trilogy collaboration between Spotted Peccary mainstays David Helpling and Jon Jenkins that began with 2007’s Treasure, and continued with The Crossing in 2010. All three maintain a similar style and production quality, while introducing new melodic themes and ideas. Using piano, synthesizers, guitar, and percussion, the sound comes across much like a soundtrack to an epic film production, in general encompassing a lush cinematic grandeur that is as much a product of the composition and playing as it is studio ambiance, textural effects and the trademark ‘Spotted Peccary’ production techniques. Close your eyes and let your imagination wander wherever the music takes you. The ten compositions range from slightly bombastic power moves to shimmering layers of introspective color and delicate sonic panoramas, treading a path that balances symphonic rock power with classic electronic ambiance, yet truly it is neither, existing completely within its own world. Most of these ten tracks are completely instrumental, the exception being the title cut where Miriam Stockley provides some emotional and beautiful wordless vocals, making it one of the disc’s immediate standout cuts. Hints of vocals exist on “Lost” and some of the other cuts as well, but apparently these moments are just the result of studio processing of the other instruments. The album’s longest cut, “Only Ashes,” breaks the thirteen minute mark, offering a glimpse into a more floating ambient textural world with compelling melodic fragments just under the surface that hints of artists like Erik Wøllo or the earlier work of David Parsons. All taken, this is the fluid of imagination that gently draws a listener in.

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