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2014-03-17
Riviera Prog Festival 2014 lineup kicks prog butt – This year's festival will be held May 16-18 in Genova and features just about every Italian band of note that is active these days. From the 70s heyday of Italian prog (Osanna, Locanda delle Fate, Alphataurus) to the newest generation (Il Tempio delle Clessidre, Prophexy, Not a Good Sign), this event has it covered. » Read more

2014-03-15
Mystery announces new lead vocalist – Canadian singer Jean Pageau will be replacing Benoit David as Mystery’s lead singer. The singer from Gatineau, Quebec became an official Mysteron on March 9th 2014 and is now preparing with the band for up coming live performances and a new studio album. » Read more

2014-03-02
It's Alive! Fruits de Mer Crabstock shows announced – What began as a single psych gathering, Fruits de Mer's spring festival Crabstock has now spawn four separate events! » Read more

2014-02-26
Paco de Lucía RIP – Another sad passing in the world of music: one of Spain's greatest guitarists has died. In addition to being a pivotal figure in the revived popularity of flamenco music, Paco de Lucía was known around the world for work with musicians outside flamenco, most notably John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Larry Coryell. » Read more

2014-02-21
Banco lead singer dies in car accident – The sad news has come to us that Francesco di Giacomo, lead singer of the classic Italian band Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, died today, 21 February, 2014, in an automobile accident in the Zagarolo area of Rome. » Read more

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Spirits Burning & Clearlight — Healthy Music in Large Doses
(Gonzo Multimedia HST117CD, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-05-08

Cover artSpirits Burning is the ongoing project of Don Falcone and guests, many of whom appear regularly on most of the releases, including members and ex-members of various space rock bands far and wide, including Hawkwind, High Tide, Gong, The Moor, Universal Totem Orchestra, and many more (too many to enumerate here, it would take up the entire review) as well as members of other past and present bands and projects that Falcone has been involved with, offering wide variety of instrumentation. Clearlight is of course keyboardist Cyrille Verdeaux, who contributes to nearly every track here. The way Spirits Burning works is that the music is passed around to the various participants (many over long distances) where each player contributes their parts, and then when all are done, Falcone edits and mixes the results into what finally gets released. There are a lot of cooks in this kitchen. The result is a potent blend of ideas from a large number of composers and players that can pretty much go anywhere, with elements of rock, jazz, psychedelic, symphonic prog, folk, and electronic music all surfacing at various times across the thirteen tracks presented here. This time out several of the tracks feature vocals and spoken parts (some in French, courtesy Verdeaux) and the overall program leans in more symphonic and jazzy directions than the heady psychedelia and space rock of some of the earlier Spirits Burning releases. The music has a high density factor, and although a casual listen on speakers will provide a good experience, only a close listen on quality headphones will reveal all the layers of sound and detail that have gone into each of these cuts. Much herein to recommend.

Filed under: New releases , 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Spirits Burning, Clearlight, Cyrille Verdeaux

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