Exposé Online banner

Roger Powell — Fossil Poets
(Inner Knot INK 0680, 2006, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2008-01-01

Fossil Poets Cover artRoger Powell is best known as long-time keyboardist for Utopia as well as his early pioneering synthesizer records (Cosmic Furnace and Air Pocket). Fossil Poets is his first set of new recordings in quite some time; Powell has had a few compositional ideas which had not come to fruition until he met up with co-producer Gary Tanin. Tanin was literally instrumental in shoring up many of the keyboardist's arrangements as well as suggesting Greg Koch who fills a guitar ace role across the fifteen tracks. Best examples of this collaboration are the opening cut, "Lone Gunman," "Underwater City" and "Serpentine." "Gunman" slowly builds tension with Koch in the background eventually coming foreground in the moody track. "Underwater City" suggests simply that with a bubbly synth intro offset by Koch's understated hammer-ons and shuddering sound effects. Lastly, "Serpentine" is perhaps the most like recent Jeff Beck recordings also including guitar ace Jennifer Batten. The modern semi-techno rhythms offer much to the guitarist as a suitable platform for cranking up the amp and letting it fly. Two contrasting acoustic piano pieces are signposts on the disc: "Dauphine" and "Astrae." The former short piece carries a pensive autumnal theme while the closing track is lighter but still poignant. The mix across the disc is one of the key successes of the recording with a unique blend between electronics and instrumentals that generates a homegrown vibe. In summary, Powell and associates have created a project fans of Jeff Beck's recent work will fully embrace.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Roger Powell

Latest news

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

Tangle Edge - Eulogy – If one doesn't count all the bootlegs of this that have been floating around for the last few years, then it's really not a reissue - as it's never been legitimately available before. This is Tangle...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues