Nexus — Perpetuum Karma
(Record Runner RR0480, 2006, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01
This Argentine symphonic band made a big splash back around the turn of the decade, fronted by beautiful lead singer with golden voice, Mariela Gonzalez, leading to invitations to Baja and NEARfest. Mariela bailed after their second album, leaving the remaining four-piece to soldier on without her; and so they have, in the same classic symphonic progressive rock style, with the men now handling the vocals (or what little vocals there are) on their own. I'm not sure how many releases the band has done since that time, but this is the first one that's met these ears. In fact anyone who liked what the band was all about then should like them even more now. Six long epics are presented, most over ten minutes, each with numerous sections and frequent changes, going loud to soft and back again, loaded with a mind-spinning array of classic keyboard sounds and fiery guitar passages while the mindful rhythm section lays the precision groundwork for it all. It's all very retro, but you knew that already — that's what you liked about this band in the first place, right? Taking that well worn style from the past and creating new variations of it. Most just imitate and steal from it shamelessly, but some, like Nexus, Änglagård, LMDC, and a few others are keeping the flame alive, surveying what little territory remains undiscovered and adding to the possibilities therewithin.
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more