Pollen — Pollen
(Kozak/Mezzo K02502-2, 1976/1994, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1994-10-01The 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.
Related artist(s): Pollen
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more