Exposé Online banner

Pollen — Pollen
(Kozak/Mezzo K02502-2, 1976/1994, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1994-10-01

Pollen Cover artThe Canadian symphonic progressive scene is one that unfortunately has avoided CD reissue except for the occasional release such as Harmonium, Spirit of Christmas, and the much harder to find Opus 5. There is a great deal of excellent to be reissued form this country, and Distribution Mezzo has risen to the task with plans for reissue of Maneige third and fourth and Sloche's two albums. Pollen is the first of the 70s reissues and was a smart choice, it should appeal to most fans of the vein. Pollen are a quartet led by multi-instrumentalist Tom Rivest who plays bass, some guitar and often keyboards. In fact three out of four musicians double on keys — various analog synths, clavinet, piano, and others. Comparisons can be drawn to other effective dual-key groups — Corte dei Miracoli and Argentines Pablo "El Enterrador" act as decent pointers. Obviously much closer in style would be the inevitable influence of the Anglo-prog bands — Yes and Genesis in particular — the dynamics, melodies, and general feel are remarkably familiar. As with bands like Sloche and Maneige, there is a strong French influence similar to groups like Carpe Diem or Dün, that give it a more European feel. I suppose original isn't the word to use, especially for 1976, yet this is definitely another great album in this vein. Many would call this a classic — I find the first side (especially tracks 2 and 3 on the disc) to be a little too laid back to give it that award. Regardless, this is essential music for the symphonic connoisseur — those looking for more originality might look elsewhere. I still have a soft spot for albums like this.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 5, 1994 releases, 1976 recordings

Related artist(s): Pollen

Latest news

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

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Atoll - Musiciens-Magiciens, L’Araignée-Mal, Tertio & Rock Puzzle – I always thought of Atoll as being the number two French symphonic rock band in the 70s, after Ange. Like Ange, they applied the ideals and techniques of progressive rock to French culture and came up...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues