Progres 2 — Tretí Kniha Džunglí - Third Jungle Book
(Bonton 501677 2, 1993/1982, CD)
by Rob Walker, Published 1994-02-01
This was originally a double album released in 1981, and on CD it clocks in at a few seconds shy of 80 minutes! From Czechoslovakia, Progres 2 is at times symphonic, at times more electronic, at times maybe even a bit "euro-techno," and at times simply unique. I can't really think of any pointers, but if I had to try (be aware this is stretching it a bit), maybe a vocal SFF? There are some fine musical moments that, even listening from a prog point of view, one can't help but find delightfully "catchy," in the best sense of the word. The sound on Tretí Kniha Džunglí is defined by a heavy synth presence, though never leaving the strong guitar and rhythm section far behind. There is a somewhat dark, aggressive edge that runs through the album, and the songs for the most part flow into each other, with shorter pieces serving as interludes or introductions to some wonderful six to eight minute tracks. The vocals are strong and clear and are sung Czech. All in all an excellent album and an excellent value on one CD.
Related artist(s): Progres 2
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more
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