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Exposé Online » Issue 33

Date : May 2006
Pages : 92
Summary : Bob Moog, Daevid Allen, Gavin Harrison, Jon Anderson, Steve Adams interview, Taal, Fortrangt Hushalsarbete, Baja prog 2006, Elton Dean remembered
Items found : 281

Not Your Average Edgar Allen Poe —
The Red Masque Interview

Cover art I had the privilege of seeing the Pennsylvania based quartet, The Red Masque open the show for Present a day prior to NEARfest 2005. I was impressed by how well the quartet handled performing material from the newest CD, Feathers for Flesh on the small stage while their drummer also played keyboard at the same time. Exposé wishes to thank the group for meeting at NEARfest and to drummer and keyboardist Vonorn (aka Brian Van Korn) for submitting additional follow-up answers on-line and prefacing the entire band history.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid & Dave Lombardo - Drums of Death

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DJ Spooky (Paul Miller) and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo are the core of this oddly compelling recording. Together with bassist Jack Dangers, this cleverly arranged fusion of samples and hard rock...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Admiral Ted Brinkley (semi-ret.) - Directs the Verrugoso Vista Junior Junior College Grads of ‘77

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Here’s something that came right in out of left field; the artist, title, liner notes and everything else about this disc appear to be some kind of prank – except for the music, that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Adrian Belew - Side One

Cover art Maybe it’s not fair to say Adrian Belew has been through a lot of phases. It’s more like he has many facets within him, and you see different things depending on which way he turns. For this...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Adrian Belew - Side Two

Cover art Adrian Belew has taken up painting, the kind with a canvas and brushes. The cover of this disk features his first ever work, an abstracted depiction of the dog he accidentally hit and killed while out...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Adrian Belew and Man on Fire - Habitat

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Vocalist, composer and keyboardist Jeff Hodges is the main man behind the trio Man on Fire. Subject matter for the twelve tracks focuses on the concerns of the occupants of one city block and how...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Aera - Türkis / Live

Cover art Last issue I covered the reissue of the first two Aera albums, and now Erlkönig present the band’s third studio effort and their live album. Türkis finds the band almost completely changed during...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Ahleuchatistas - What You Will

Cover art Somebody call the men in white suits – these guys are insane. On second thought, don’t call anyone – treatment may decrease their capacity to create such marvelously insane stuff as...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Ain Soph - Marine Menagerie & Five Evolved from Nine

Cover art The line between fusion and fuzak can be a very fine one, and Ain Soph walks that line like a drunken goat, stepping first on one side, then on the other, back and forth with dizzying frequency. I...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Alexander Volodin - Reflection of Time

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This is the kick-off album from this young Russian composer. It could be a soundtrack to work of Kandinsky. “The Flower Is Growing Up” starts with Schnitzler-esque ping-ponging sounds,...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Alpha Wave Movement - Beyond Silence

Cover art Gregory Kyryluk has been releasing music since the mid-90s, both as Alpha Wave Movement (his solo project) and as Thought Guild (a duo with synthesist Christopher Cameron). With Beyond...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Anane - The Evolution Ethnic

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Anane is an Indonesian band that mixes traditional indigenous themes with modern western musical styles. Most of the songs are based upon traditional songs of the Gayonese people from the island of...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Andreas Akwara - Synthetic Horizon

Cover art When I first listened to this new effort from the German composer Akwara I immediately had to turn the treble far down, because the sharpness of the sound was just ear-splitting. Synthetic...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Anthony Phillips - Field Day

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Four years in the making, Field Day marks Phillips’ return to acoustic guitar work after years of producing library and television work, mostly at the keyboard. The concept is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Apple - An Apple a Day

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Here we have the long-awaited CD release of one of the most collectible LPs of British psychedelia. Those of us who can’t shell out hundreds of dollars (or pounds) to hear the original can...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Arc and Sender - Arc and Sender

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Arc and Sender is a noisy little trio from Maryland that spans the genres of indie/alternative rock with experimental lo-fi grunge. This means the trio can hammer away for hours on brutal chords,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Ars Nova - Sunshine and Shadows

Cover art A few issues back I reviewed the reissue of Ars Nova’s 1968 first album. Here we have their second and last effort. It takes the baroque-meets-psych sound of the debut and turns a bit more to the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Art Rock Circus - A Passage to Clear & Tell a Vision

Cover art Easy to follow narratives within the comfortable confines of a pop progressive melodic framework. Nods to epic classic rock arise here and there. In some places you can hear traces of Genesis,...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Badirov Project - Greeting from Nostradamus

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Vladimir Badirov is a drummer/percussionist hailing from Uzbekistan. Greeting from Nostradamus comprises eleven tracks of ethnic jazz fusion with Badirov’s drums and keyboard...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Barbez - Insignificance

Cover art I don’t know if it’s a trend or not, but I’m all for it. Barbez is an American independent band taking its inspiration from traditional music all around the world (special focus on Russia and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Barclay James Harvest - XII

Cover art Keyboardist Wooly Wolstenholme’s last studio recording with BJH was a mixed bag of ideas that showed how he had reached a cross roads with the group he helped form in 1968. Songwriting style changes...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Barry Schrader - Beyond

Cover art One of the many modern American composers whose work is featured by the Innova label, Barry Schrader appears most at home in the electro-acoustic realm. Beyond is his third release on Innova....  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Basilwink - Payoffs, Kickbacks, and Other Great American Traditions

Cover art While the opening cut displays some fairly standard rock/funk riffery, the grotesquely distorted vocals and unusual effects make the two minute affair somewhat unique. Basilwink is the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Bert Lams - Nascent: Bach Preludes on the Steel String Guitar

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Bert Lams has been a personal advocate of the Bach repertoire. By using Guitar Craft tuning and emphasizing steel (rather than nylon or gut strings) he has established himself as a clear...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Bill Frisell - Ghost Town

Cover art Despite the fact that this disc is six years old, this all-solo album is a vital indicator in the Bill Frisell catalog. The guitarist’s penchant to merge Americana stylings with country and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Bill Frisell - Unspeakable

Cover art Bill Frisell’s first Grammy winning CD is a major achievement on many fronts. Frisell doesn’t blow you away like many other experienced guitarists — he is the cardinal of understatement,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - 2001 Live Birds

Cover art Since the moment I first heard Magnetic Flip around twenty years ago, I’ve been a fan of this band, and have followed their progress with pleasure, enjoying each new phase as much as the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Bobby Beausoleil - Dreamways of the Mystic

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This aptly titled sprawling two-plus-hour mystical voyage around the world and into deep space was a full eight years in the making; there are 26 tracks in all, but the music rarely breaks –...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Brainstorm - Liquid Monster

Cover art This is German metal quintet Brainstorm’s seventh release to date and finds them in a more traditional frame of mind than most metal coming out of Europe these days. It seems that everyone else has...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Brian Eno - Another Day on Earth

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Brian Eno’s first set of new songs is a welcome follow-on to his collaboration with John Cale, Which Way Up. The opening cut, “This,” begins the subdued eleven song set...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Brian Hopper - If Ever I Am

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Canterbury fans may recall Hugh’s brother who was a member of the Wilde Flowers and played sax on Soft Machine Volume Two. Since that time Hopper was also involved in the bootleg...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Calomito - Inaudito

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Older people will surely remember Rock in Oppossition, an informal gathering of avant-rock groups initiated by Henry Cow in the early Seventies. They were from several European countries,...

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(Posted by Alessandro Michelucci 2006-05-01)

Caroleen Beatty - You're Only as Pretty as You Feel

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Some may recall Beatty from her association with Doug Hilsinger (both from the band Waycross), who created an excellent cover album of Brian Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Carptree - Man Made Machine

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It’s a fine art to write big, powerful music without sounding either pompous or foolish, and this Swedish duo pulls it off well. The result is a little like a heavily orchestrated mid-70s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Carreg Lafar - Profiad

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The traditional music of Wales doesn’t get as much attention as that from other parts of the British Isles. That’s a shame because the country’s musical tradition is rich,...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2006-05-01)

Cerebus Effect - Acts of Deception

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This American band works in a complex stream of fusion-oriented prog with a few avant touches. The playing of all participants is stellar, and the compositions show a lot of imagination. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Chardeau - Hors Portée Highlight/Instrumental

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Jean-Jacques Chardeau is a new name to me. He is a French vocalist and keyboardist who assembled an impressive line up of musicians on these two CDs that were recorded together: violinist Jerry...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Chas Smith - Descent

Cover art Like opening a portal into a dreamworld, Chas Smith’s music pulls the listener in immediately. The disc contains two sidelong tracks and a shorter ten minute closer, all explorations in...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Chris Cutler - Twice Around the Earth: An Experiment in Listening

Cover art The subtitle “An experiment in listening” pretty much says it all. This is not so much a Chris Cutler solo album per se, but instead two suites (for lack of a better term) each comprised of a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Christian Decamps - Mes Vers Solitaires

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This region-free NTCS DVD presents the former Ange frontman in a 1993 solo show, performing spoken-word pieces, sketches, and songs. I’m a pretty big Ange fan, and can easily enjoy music in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Citay - Citay

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Led Zeppelin’s “Battle of Evermore”; Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan”; Heart’s “Soul of the Sea”; Uriah Heep’s “The Wizard.”...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Claudia Quintet - Semi-formal

Cover art The Claudia Quintet is back with another lovely set of what I think of as Chamber Jazz. While the music mostly gives the impression of being pretty thoroughly composed, there is a looseness to the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Cluster & Eno - Cluster & Eno

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It’s really hard to understand what this music meant at the time it was recorded. Intellectually we can recall that ambient music was in its infancy, with the term only coined (by Mr. Eno)...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

CocoRosie - La Maison de Mon Rêve & Noah's Ark

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With childlike glee, these sisters embrace one's ear with aural tincture. Romanced beautifully by tiny fragmentary conscious nests, we become ensconced within the folds of their rapturous...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Cousins and Conrad - High Seas

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The old Strawbs troubadour is back on High Seas, collaborating with guitarist/keyboardist Conny Conrad. Eleven tracks totaling fifty-some minutes, with Cousins singing over backing guitar,...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Coven - Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls

Cover art This is one of the freakiest things I've ever heard — a psychedelic rock recording from the late 60s entirely based on a kind of horror-movie Satanism, including more than thirteen minutes devoted...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Crasdant - Nos Sadwrn Bach

Cover art Crasdant is an all-instrumental folk band featuring four greats from the Welsh trad scene: harpist Robin Huw Bown, flautist/piper Andy McLauclin, fiddler/accordionist Stephen Rees, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jim Chokey 2006-05-01)

Crazy World - Crazy World

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What happens when you take the best of Finland’s rock stars of today and yesteryear, put them all together in one supergroup, and have them write and perform a bunch of songs in the style of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Cream - Disraeli Gears - Deluxe Edition

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What comes to mind when you think of psychedelic blues rock? For me, it’s Cream. They were the most important UK rock band out of the 60s besides the Beatles and the Stones. Eric Clapton,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Create - From Earth to Mars

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Why is it, that outside the realm of EM-admirers, few people, even people who do like EM, don’t like Klaus Schulze’s music? The answer lies in its static structure, where other artists...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Crowell, Doles & Quinn - Don't Look Down

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This collaborative effort is something of a minimalist supergroup; American composer Dac Crowell and Scottish composer and Suilven recordings main-mover Daniel Patrick Quinn have teamed up with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Cyndee Lee Rule - UFOsmosis

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Cyndee Lee Rule is a new force in the Space Rock arena. She has played with the Philly band Scattered Planets for several years and will appear on Systems Theory’s new CD later in 2006....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Daniel J - Losing Time

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Daniel J (Jakubovic) is the lead guitarist of gigging New York based metal quartet Against the Wall. The young fret-bender adopts a mode of self-reliance in the course of thirteen tracks of prog...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

David Bagsby - Syllogisms

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“I don’t think, therefore I am not.” Bagsby has long been a master of unpredictability and eccentric works that fit squarely into no categories, and his latest,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

David Cross - Closer Than Skin

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Ex-King Crimson violinist David Cross is back again with a confident follow-up to his acclaimed Exiles CD. Cross and writing partner, bassist Mick Paul, continue to refine their...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

David Pack - The Secret of Movin' On

Cover art Former Ambrosia guitarist and vocalist David Pack has become the quintessential example of L.A. pop music roadkill. Well past his peak of commercial success and fame and ten years since his last solo...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

David Shamrock - Thin Pillow

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David Shamrock has drummed for both Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (on their first album) and Thinking Plague (on A History of Madness). This eight track CD is his first solo release. For those...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2006-05-01)

Dean de Benedictis - Salvaging the Past

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De Benedictis, as the title points out, not only refers to the legacy, but even reinvents the past on this album. The stunning opener, “The Tech Atonement of Bilagana,” unearths a...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Death and Taxe$ - The Alaska 12 Expeditions

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It would be easy to recommend this album based purely on the circumstances surrounding its release. What started out as the next D&T album turned into a completely different and ultimately more...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

DésAccordes (Erik Baron) - In C

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Erik Baron is a French bassist we’ve heard from before (his excellent Cordayades CD from a few years ago was favorably reviewed in issue #29), but this time out his primary role is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Distant Dream - A New Beginning

Cover art Here’s something out of left field: a big concept album from a new, unknown band. And in this context, “concept album” should be taken as something more like I, Robot (or even...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Djam Karet - Recollection Harvest

Cover art I have a dilemma about this CD. The band claims it’s actually two albums: the relatively heavy Recollection Harvest and the mellower Indian Summer. On one hand, this absolves them...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Drama - Stigmata of Change

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Seven years has passed since this French band’s last release, Flying over the 21st Century. Lineup changes include new vocalist Yvon Lucas, who suits the material well, even if...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Dug Pinnick - Emotional Animal

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Dug Pinnick is the voice and bass presence of King’s X. His last two solo recordings under the Poundhound moniker were outlets from the artist’s main gig with his power trio and these...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Dwight Ashley & Tim Story - Standing + Falling

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Tim Story has released a volume of minimalist, ambient, and electronic works going back to his early 80s albums on the Eurock label – In Another Country being a standout, later...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

East of Eden - Graffito

Cover art Hot on the heels of Eclectic’s reissue of East of Eden’s first two LPs comes a brand new recording from the founding lead voices of the band: saxophonist Ron Caines and violinist Dave Arbus....  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Echolyn - The End Is Beautiful

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I don’t anticipate the releases of many bands as much as Echolyn, and for good reason. For fifteen years they have been evolving continuously, working current musical and lyrics ideas into a...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - A Long Red Ladder to the Moon

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A Long Red Ladder to the Moon is the latest in a long string of EKS solo releases. Considering Edward’s cassette, EP, LP, and CD output since 1984, this is something like number 30 and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - Laugh China Doll

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Laugh China Doll was Edward Ka-Spel’s first solo release, recorded in 1984. This first release was a limited issue of 2000 LPs on the In-Phaze label that quickly disappeared,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Electropolis - Electropolis

Cover art A quartet of bass, percussion, electrosax, and electrumpet, Electropolis produces eleven tracks of interesting jazzy rock on what I believe is their debut. The amplified instruments produce some odd...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Ellis Marsalis - Ruminations in New York

Cover art Piano ballads! Whether you are seducing the ladies or getting stone drunk to forget them, a languid piano ballad replete with blue notes, suspended chords, and finger rolls is a perfect tone-setter....  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Embrase - Dreamworld

Cover art Lately new EM artists in the Netherlands are mushrooming and this is the newest offspring. Most of these newcomers know their predecessors very well, no exception here, but they all stay to close to...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Enya - Amarantine

Cover art In reality the name Enya is almost a group moniker encompassing the Irish singer/musician as well as her collaborators, producer Nicky Ryan and his wife lyricist Roma Ryan. This collection echoes...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Eric Glick Rieman / Lesli Dalaba / Stuart Dempster - Lung Tree

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Although its presence on Recommended tells you something, all three of these musicians are likely little-known outside improvising circles. Rieman is the main force behind Lung Tree, as...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Eric Roberts - In a Silent Place

Cover art Eric Roberts is a bassist who has logged many hours supporting big name acts over the years and this is his recorded debut as a guitarist. Although largely a solo effort, he does get help from a few...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Erik Hinds - Reign in Blood

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On the first few plays through, I didn’t even realize what I was listening to, but I was certainly enjoying it at its face value. Here Hinds plays solo h’arpeggione, an acoustic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Farpoint - From Dreaming to Dreaming

Cover art When you examine the individual points of this music, there’s plenty to like. The parts are well played for the most part, the voices are fairly appealing, the sound is crisp and clean. But in spite...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Fear Falls Burning - He Spoke in Dead Tongues

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Fear Falls Burning is a new project from the versatile Belgian composer Vidna Obmana (Dirk Serries). For this album he doesn’t touch his synths, instead he plugs his guitar and processes the...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Fern Knight - Blithewold

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Adrift in a general flowery provenance, Fern Knight flies its meticulously winsome banner. Heralding the lost folksy souls from that magical acquiescence of nature that flowed effervescently in the...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

FireMonkey - Puzzlebox of Antipop

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This is essentially a one-man project operating in the same general realm as Bill Nelson: pop songs with elements of prog and avant thrown in. Lyle Holdahl is the man behind the monkey, covering...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

First Band from Outer Space - We're Only in It for the Spacerock

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Can anyone hazard a guess as to the type of music on this CD? And the first two don’t count. What a blatant name for a band and their debut release! In actuality, this Swedish band is quite good....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Fish - Fellini Days & Nights, Sashimi & Suits

Cover art Fellini Days is the ex-Marillion singer’s tribute to famed director Italian Federico Fellini best known for his avant-garde films such as La Dolce Vita and Satyricon. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Flamborough Head - Tales of Imperfection

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Flamborough Head’s latest offering is about one woman’s physical imperfection, and the loneliness and isolation she experiences as a result of it. Lyrically it’s direct and to the...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Flower Travellin' Band - Satori

Cover art Psychedelic bands in Europe and North America often incorporated aspects of Middle-Eastern or Indian music into their own styles. So what happens when a band from Japan does the same thing? On the one...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Fluxury - Perishable Goods

Cover art This is also labeled “Part One of the Privacy Suite” – whatever that means. Musically, it’s a kind of well-crafted prog-pop concept work, heavy on keyboards, featuring both male and female...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Flyin' Ryan Brothers - Blue Marble

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The Ryan brothers, Jimmy and Johnny, have been a fixture of the Chicago music scene since the 70s when they were members of competing local bands. In recent years the two have joined forces to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Förträngt Hushållsarbete - Offret Om Att Älska

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It may seem odd that this turns up in our New Releases section – it is definitely not new; fact is that it’s been out there for four years already but hardly anyone (if anyone at all)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Frameshift - An Absence of Empathy

Cover art Within the network of hard rock musicians there are plenty of opportunities for various players to meet, establish a working partnership and make some new music. Sebastian Bach (former lead singer of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Frigg - Oasis (Keidas)

Cover art This seven-piece group takes Scandinavian folk music in a slightly different direction than some of their label-mates, adding a hefty dose of American traditional music, notably bluegrass. But they do...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Fritz Doddy - The Feeling of Far

Cover art Solo artist concept projects were all the rage of 2005 it seems as singer and composer Fritz Doddy follows suit with his second album. Doddy is an exclusive user of Apple computer software,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Frogg Café - Fortunate Observer of Time

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Frogg Café is one of those bands with influences you can probably spot, but whom you’d be hard pressed to describe. Their new one takes its cues from lots of places: classic...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Genesis for Two Grand Pianos - Volume 2

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Norwegian duo Yngve Guddal and Roger T. Matte have returned with another collection of old Genesis songs rearranged for two pianos. All their performances were made on Steinway Model D Grand Pianos...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Geordie Haley’s Every Time Band - The Green Suite and Other Stories

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Formerly of Fredericton’s tiny music scene, jazz guitarist Geordie Haley now takes up residence in Toronto with the Every Time Band. The line-up is rounded out with vocals, drums, bass, sax,...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

George & Caplin - Electronic Eulogy from Morse Code Infinity

Cover art The electronic duo of George and Caplin (AKA Jason Fredrick Iselin and Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens) has obviously been paying attention in their History of Electronic Music classes. On several of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Germinale - Scogli di Sabbia

Cover art Germinale’s fourth release is a real grab bag. Included are four new studio tracks, four pieces culled from various tributes plus the Colossus/Musea Kalevala project, and a bunch of live...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Gert Emmens - When Darkness Falls upon This Earth

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One shouldn’t take a title like this too literally when it concerns Gert Emmens. The only darkness that is evoked on this album are the dark coloured synth textures in the beginning of...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Glass Hammer - The Inconsolable Secret

Cover art One could arguably claim that this release finds American prog band Glass Hammer at the top of their game, which probably explains the scope of this effort. First of all, it s a two-disk set in a...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Gogglesphere & Lafcadio - Babies in Hell & Sham Duvet

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One might ask why these two discs are being addressed in the same review; it’s because both Gogglesphere and Lafcadio are essentially the same band – or that is to say they have the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Gongzilla - Live in Concert and the East Village Studio

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Bon Lozaga and Hansford Rowe have done a respectable job keeping their fusion offshoot of Gong alive and well and true to their vision. The bottom line is that the group serves up hot jazz-rock,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Graham Collier - Workpoints

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Keith Tippett and ian Carr may be better known, but they were far from the only active jazz practitioners in Britain in the late 60s and early 70s. Bassist Graham Collier was another part of this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Green Isac - Etnotronica

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Green Isac (the Norwegian duo of percussionist Andreas Eriksen and multi-instrumentalist Morten Lund) have returned with the fourth release since their 1990 debut, Strings and Pottery....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Green Milk from the Planet Orange - He's Crying "Look" & City Calls Revolution

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This Japanese trio really does seem to hail from another planet. While there are echoes of psychedelic German jams from the 70s and alternative noise acts of the 80s, the mixture is thoroughly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Gregg Bendian - Jeff Gauthier - Steuart Liebig - G.E. Stinson - Bone Structure

Cover art Superstar improv jams can be inspired by many attributes including astute listening, profound musicianship and abandoned release. Varying doses of each of these ingredients is found in these twelve...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Groundtruther - Longitude

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The second installment of Charlie Hunter’s project with drummer Bobby Previte includes New York sampling wizard DJ Logic in the rotating performer chair for a set of twelve sonic groove...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Halloween, Alaska - Too Tall to Hide

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It hasn’t been that long since this Minneapolis band put out their debut (reviewed in #32), and here they come with the follow-up less than a year later. Far from merely avoiding the dreaded...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Hamadryad - Safe in Conformity

Cover art Montreal-based outfit Hamadryad’s sophomore effort finds them consolidating the gains made with their widely-hailed 2001 debut, Conservation of Mass. The band faced a serious challenge with...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Hans Fjellestad - Moog

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The life of Dr. Robert Moog had always been based on electronic discovery. In the course of his pursuit of engineering analysis, the North Carolina resident amassed a thirty-five-year resume...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Harry Chapin - Legends of the Lost and Found

Cover art The late Harry Chapin was without a doubt the supreme storyteller of the 1970s; his lyrics written second and third-person were down-to-earth, acutely engaging and socially conscious, with clever...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Harv - Polka Raggioso

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It’s been a few years since we last heard from the “cute Swedish boys” of Harv — don’t blame me, that’s how they’re marketed. With Töst in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Hector Zazou - Sonora Portraits 2: Strong Currents

Cover art Zazou has been a prominent producer and instigator of musical projects for many years, having worked with a wide variety of artists. On this collection, we get collaborations with various female...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Henry Brant - Collection 3

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With many of the great modernist composers now quite advanced in age, it seems incredible that some people predating the movement might still be creating new works. The venerable Henry Brant (b....

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Hiromi - Spiral

Cover art For her previous two releases, Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara has started off with a bang, throwing a full-throttle band workout at listeners for the first track (“XYZ” on Another Mind...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Homestead & Wolfe - Our Times

Cover art Homestead & Wolfe represents an obscure bit of early 70s Bay Area music history. The name refers to the location of the church in Cupertino, California, where this group formed out of a youth...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Horace X - Strategy

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When last I heard from Horace X, back in 2003 with Sackbutt, I found their eclectic mishmash of influences both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, they didn’t really sound like...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

House of Not - The Walkabout Parts 1 & 2

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The brainchild of Brian Erikson (vocals and lyrics), House of Not appears to be some sort of concept project, with Lou Roppoli and Ken O’Gorman providing guitars and a host of guests on other...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Hurdy-Gurdy - Prototyp

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As medieval instruments go, the hurdy-gurdy is uniquely positioned to be effective in a modern setting. Its gritty droning sound fits in well with drums and electronics, a fact that has been...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

If Thousands - I Have Nothing

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This ambient duo has now produced six discs since their unusual entry into the ambient music world when this classically trained vocalist/guitarist and punk bassist dropped their known instruments...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Ilitch - Rainy House

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The latest release by Ilitch (a limited edition of 250) collects material recorded from the late 70s right up through the present, although many of the older pieces were tweaked, modified and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Imanissimo - Z's Diary

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Imanissimo clearly relishes in the progressive rock zeitgeist, with their website’s numerous references to “prog” and their prideful boast of their 2005 AMI award (don’t...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Incandescent Sky - Paths and Angles

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Since their second release Glorious Stereo (reviewed in #28), Incandescent Sky has further carved out an identifiable niche for themselves in the guitar-driven jammy instrumental...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

IZZ - My River Flows

Cover art You have to hand it to IZZ, five years of hard work is increasingly paying off in terms of recognition. Their third proper studio release, My River Flows, continues their trend of melding...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

J. Arif Verner - From a Distant Horizon

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The image on the front of the CD booklet illustrates the music herein perfectly: a well-traveled dirt path near a fence follows into the distance through dense fog, fading into pastel colors as it...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Jaga Jazzist - What We Must & Spydeberg Sessions

Cover art This Norwegian band has been refining their particular brand of jazz (if that’s what you want to call it) for nearly ten years now, and while some things remain the same from their beginnings,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

James LaBrie - Elements of Passion

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James LaBrie should be well known to Exposé readers by now, either as the vocalist for prog-metal icons Dream Theatre or through his participation in various Magna Carta...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Jane Anfinson - Precious Details

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Violinist Jane Anfinson is the answer for those wanting to mix the grrrl-power sensibilities of Alanis Morissette with the experimentalism of Laurie Anderson and the artful electric violin work of...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Jeff Sherman - Gauguin

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Jeff Sherman’s role in the resurgence of Northwest band Glass has been nothing short of surprising. First by bringing the band back together from obscurity (the trio has now released two...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Jenny Scheinman - Twelve Songs

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Violinist and composer Jenny Scheinman’s latest CD is a trip down memory lane to the deep bayous of the South, emphasizing lazy 30s jazz. She has enlisted a small ensemble to forge her vision...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Jerome Langlois - Molignak

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Those looking for melodically colorful transcendental rock with a strong orchestral twist may find something very special and unique in Molignak, the first solo album by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

John Hackett - Velvet Afternoon & Checking out of London

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John Hackett has long been in the extended shadow of his brother Steve, who has seen high profile both in and out of Genesis. The flautist has finally stepped out on his own in both duet and full...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

John Lakveet - Proportions

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John Lakveet is a composer who likes to build his albums around themes. This time he has envisioned the strange and fascinating world of fractals. The melodies Lakveet uses in his tracks are not so...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

John McLaughlin - Thieves and Poets

Cover art The solo acoustic works of guitar icon John McLaughlin have been in a world class category for the past thirty-five years. Thus finding a suitable compatriot in former student Yan Mareze with a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

John Surman - Way Back When

Cover art John Surman (saxes), John Marshall (drums), John Taylor (electric piano), Brian Odgers (bass guitar). For many readers, that list alone puts this on the must-have list. Throw in the recording date of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

K2 - The Book of the Dead

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Imagine Progrock Records’ Shawn Gordon’s surprise when he heard from K2 bassist Ken Jaquess that not only Allan Holdsworth but the late Shaun Guerin had agreed to play on his big time...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Kate Bush - Aerial

Cover art As listeners and consumers of music, we generally have contact with artists only through their work, and are only aware of their lives outside music as they present it in their recordings (unless they...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

KBB - Live 2004

Cover art Guitarists may get the lion’s share of attention in fusion and prog, but there have always been leaders on other instruments. For violin, the story probably starts with Jean-Luc Ponty, and we can...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Keef Hartley Band - The Time Is Near & Overdog

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Upon his split from his high profile job with John Mayall, drummer Keef Hartley had his sights set on making his own group in the English blues rock boom. Both of these recordings are from 1970...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

King's X - Ogre Tones

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The career of King’s X has been characterized by consistent riffing in standard rock and roll format. Ogre Tones meets the needs of their zealous fan base by emphasizing crafted...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht, Dune, Dziękuję Poland, Miditerranean Pads, Sequenced? & Crime of Suspense

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Revisited Records continues reissuing the Klaus Schulze back catalog. The past twelve months have seen seven more albums released with another batch due Fall 2006. Revisited is holding true to the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Klaus Schulze - Moonlake

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Moonlake is the latest Klaus Schulze release of new music, and a welcome breath of fresh air it is! The title is not a reference to the classic Schulze of Moondawn or “Crystal...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Knitting by Twilight - Someone to Break the Silence

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This liner notes describe this album as “Selections from the forthcoming Knitting by Twilight album, An Evening out of Town together with exclusive tracks.” Since the album...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Angherr Shisspa

Cover art It’s been amusing to read the attempts of reviewers in the alternative/independent press to write about this album. They find the music so strange that they have difficulty describing it, even...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Kraan - Wiederhören, Flyday, Nachtfahrt, Live 88, Dancing in the Shade & Live 2001

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Recently Revisited Records, a division of InsideOut Music, has been reissuing a number of German bands from the past: Klaus Schulze, Amon Düül II, and Kraan. To date, they have released...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

KTU - 8 Armed Monkey

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I don’t suppose “King Crimson with accordions” was high on anyone’s list of expected musical combinations, but here we are, and I’m glad somebody thought of it. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Kurgans Bane - Camouflaged in Static

Cover art On the basis of this, their third disc, Kurgan’s Bane needs something extra. Perhaps they don’t want it but there it is. Camouflaged in Static seems a somewhat naked disc, occupying a...  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Kvazar - A Giant's Lullaby

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This Norwegian band’s second album is solid symphonic rock with plenty of engaging twists. “Flight of Shamash” opens with a dreamy sequence, evocative of flight. A chant-like...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Kyle Dawkins - Walls Became the World

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Compared to Dawkins’ debut Conesauga (reviewed in issue #28), this is a far more explorative and experimental outing for the guitarist, banjoist, composer, and founding member of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

La Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux - Le Combat Occulté

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This French avant-garde troupe has been around for a while, and though I’ve seen the name around for ages, this odds-n-sods collection is the first I’ve really heard of their strange...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Larry Kucharz - Ambient Green Washes

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This is the latest in Kucharz’ Ambient Washes series (following Ambient Blue Washes and Ambient Red Washes, reviewed in issues 27 and 29 respectively), and presents a series...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - A Dream Is a Dream Is a Dream

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This LPD DVD release is the earliest known live concert footage of the band, recorded live at De Vrije Vloer in Utrecht, Holland on January 21, 1987. At that time the LPDs were a six-piece band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Like Wendy - Endgame

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This is the first Like Wendy release to feature new member Mark-Jeroen Heek who has joined fellow Dutchman and founder Bert Heinen as co-composer and instrumentalist (the liner notes equally credit...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Little King - Virus Divine

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A rock power-trio from the Southern US, Little King acquit themselves well on debut release Virus Divine. Vocalist Ryan Rosoff, who writes the lyrics, sounds a bit like Daniel...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Louisa John-Krol & Oöphoi - Alabaster & I Hear the Water Dreaming

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Australian singer Louisa John Krol has been releasing music for about ten years, although these mark the first time she has been reviewed in these pages. Alabaster is her 2003 solo release...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Lu7 - L'Esprit de l'Exil

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Japan’s Intermusic and Musea have been teaming up on a number of releases in the past few years, allowing some obscure Japanese artists to get a somewhat wider audience. One such group is...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Luarvik Luarvik - Passioon & Fuuga

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Passioon & Fuuga is Estonian band Luarvik Luarvik’s third release. Founded by Art students Mihkel Kleis and Andres Lõo in 1998, the group takes its name from a character...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Machine and the Synergetic Nuts - Leap Second Neutral

Cover art Luckily ethicists have not wrapped their clutches around the topic of genetic manipulation in music, or we might find Machine and the Synergetic Nuts banned, seeing how they are the result of a secret...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Maestoso - Fiddling Meanly

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Woolly Wolstenholme’s phase two of his master plan to return to active duty culminated in this live document from the 2004 UK “tour.” Material ranged from old Barclay James...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Magus - Lucid Dreamer

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Lucid Dreamer is a compilation of tracks from the 1997 album Traveller and the follow-up Highway 375 EP, remastered for the fuller sound that Magus guru Andrew Robinson...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Make a Rising - Rip through the Hawk Black Night

Cover art Make a Rising is an adventurous Philadelphia quintet cut from the mode of modern alternative experimental bands such as Tortoise and Olivia Trevor Control. Blending jazz and alternative rock elements...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Mangala Vallis - Lycanthrope

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From the opening rip of “Watcher of the Skies,” Mangala Vallis is here to tell you they are back and have been listening to their favorite prog albums again. With all the classic sounds...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Mantra Sunrise - Mantra Sunrise

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Another brainchild from John Miner of Art Rock Circus. The bulk of the sound ekes in time with the style of 80s album-oriented rock and a leaning towards tuneful new wave vocalization. Overall,...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Manuel Göttsching - Die Mulde, Concert for Murnau & E2-E4 Live

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As 2005 neared its end, Manuel Göttsching released three new CDs: Die Mulde, Concert for Murnau and E2-E4 Live. Die Mulde is a composition Manuel recorded...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Marco Gallesi - Riff

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Fans of Italian outfit Arti & Mestieri will likely find it to be no surprise that long-time bassist Marco Gallesi has a deep fondness for traditional jazz and fusion. Now out on his own,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Marillion - Marbles on the Road

Cover art Marillion has taken another big step to document a complete show from a recent tour and make it available to their fervent international fans. The Marbles CD had been well received in the UK and this...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Marissa Nadler - Ballads of Living and Dying & The Saga of Mayflower May

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The voice is crystalline and exhilaratingly haunting, a crisp and refreshing elixir. Her muse is resolute, hewn from emotion, fashioned from a steadfast rock that never falters. Melancholy is a...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Martin Gordon - God's on His Lunchbreak (Please Call Back)

Cover art Now that bassist Martin Gordon has established himself across two creditable solo records together with a crackshot band that suits his clever muse, it’s clear that he has some more pop rock damage...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Mask - Heavy Petal

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The members of this duo should be familiar to all Exposé readers, although this latest project is quite a surprise. Cellist, synthesist, and composer Marvin Ayres has released...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Mastermind - Broken

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The cover says this is a CD single / EP, but the total playing time is 44 minutes – hell, that’s longer than the full length In-a-gadda-da-vida LP, so what gives? As it turns...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Matt Steckler - Persiflage

Cover art Matt Steckler is a woodwind player (alto sax, flute) who previously has played in the group Dead Cat Bounce. Persiflage is his debut solo release with a group of fine New York City jazzers on...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Meat Beat Manifesto - At the Center

Cover art Meat Beat Manifesto is in actuality the brainchild of audio menace Jack Dangers. Previous recordings by the artist ranged from sonic deconstruction and techno experiments that highlighted rave...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Mediæval Bæbes - Mirabilis

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Collecting eight women into a chorus to perform English folk classics and traditional music is nothing new. What the Mediæval Bæbes do differently however is based on their capable...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Meira Asher - Dissected

Cover art Saying Israeli composer and vocalist Meira Asher is a vanguard comes as a bit of an understatement. Her work has been acclaimed worldwide as she meshes and scrutinizes world culture to fit her...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Menayeri - Futura Historia

Cover art Menayari are three piece act who hail from Puerto Rico, a location not previously known as a stronghold of progressive rock. Futura Historia finds the group in an incarnation with female...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Michael Manring - Soliloquy

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Michael Manring is simply one of the best bassists playing today. You should have heard about him from his many contributions to new age recordings in the 80s to fusion workouts with Attention...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Might Could - All Intertwined

Cover art Three guitars and a bass, no drums, no keyboards and no vocals, all intertwined. And a perfect title to describe what’s going on here across these eleven short to mid-length tracks. This is...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Mitchell Froom - A Thousand Days

Cover art Solo piano records can be a strong romantic but minimalist statement depending on the performer and how personal he would like to make it. Froom’s biography reads like a who’s-who of modern pop...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Molca - Super Ethnic Flavor

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“Balkan Dawn” opens the disc in fine, atmospheric form, and shortly we’re treated to the unique sound of an Ashbory bass. This rather bizarre instrument is a 30-inch, two-pound...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Murat Ses - Automaton 2

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Automaton2 is Murat Ses’ fourth solo release. For those of you not familiar with Murat and his work, Murat is a Turkish electronic musician living in Austria. He spent some time...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

MusicAEnchiriadiS - Music for Nikola Tesla

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Industrial electronics bearing a modern classical edge for a dark millennium with trip-hop at its heels. Synthetic landscapes give way as the tone is propulsively jettisoned to a danceable future....

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Myriad - Natural Elements

Cover art Myriad is a power trio who hail from Whitestone, New York. Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Fred Moehring, the trio captures a general feel much like Rush’s A Farewell to Kings era due in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Nekropolis 23 - Tidal Shift

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Recorded in April 2004 at a studio space in Munich, these ten psychedelic jam tracks show the band at the peak of their intensity, working in a true improvisational spirit. Led by bassist Peter...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Nektar - Unidentified Flying Abstract

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Nektar occupies a somewhat awkward place in the history of progressive rock. They don't fit in with the symphonic style of Yes or Genesis, and they're not as elaborate as King Crimson or...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Nerv - Ragam

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Since Discus first unleashed itself on the world in ’99, it seems like there’s a limitless number of Indonesian prog rock bands coming out in their wake, and this six-piece...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Niacin - Organik

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Niacin is back! For those yet to discover this band, especially those of you with a fondness for the sound of the mighty Hammond B-3, waste no time. As with past efforts, this collection revolves...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Nicholas D'Amato's Royal Society - Nullius in Verba

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Bassist Nicholas D’Amato took the title of his Royal Society’s debut album Nullius in Verba (Latin for “On the words of no one”) from the adopted motto of The Royal...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites - Friesengeist, Part 1

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As soon as I submerge the opening of the first track “Ballade” of Part 1 I’m hooked. It’s this wistful folk mood of accordion, piano, and vocal melody which touches...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Nurse with Wound & collaborators - Angry Eelectric Finger 1-3

Cover art Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen, for a journey into the outer cosmos. Or the inner depths. Whatever. Three journeys, actually. The genesis of this material seems to involve NWW’s Steve...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Oöphoi & Tau Ceti - Subterranea

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This collaboration between Oöphoi & Tau Ceti pre-dates their most recent, and was released on the Czech label Nextera along with reissues of his 2000 releases Mare Imbrium and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Orme - L'Infinito

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Le Orme should win a prize for Most Consistent Band. From Felona e Sorona through to Il Fiume and now with L’Infinito, there’s an unmistakable continuity in...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Osanna - Preludio Tema Variazioni Canzona (Milano Calibro 9)

Cover art This album represents the intersection of a number of trends going on in Italy at the time it was made. One was for rock bands to adopt Classical forms, sometimes even involving actual orchestras (New...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Oz Noy - Ha!

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Oz Noy is another new guitarist to Exposé readers as he has lately been operating in a support role backing trumpeter Chris Botti (B.L.U.E.), as well as vocalists such as Toni...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Ozone Player - Frozen Paint on Boiling Canvas

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What an opener for an album! I’m talking about “The Sprawl.” Fine sounds, imaginative sequencing, nimble-fingered playing, stunning composition. Ozone Player is a composer from...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Pak - Motel

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Stack rib rack shack shakes a hook a lox, Pak burns with nervy verve enough to crackle their dense skein right out in the open, amidst solar flares. A stalwart trio with brio, knowing full well how...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Pallas - The Dreams of Men

Cover art Since their return to active duty in 1999, Scottish neo-proggers Pallas have been working hard to establish themselves as a front line act. Their recent NEARfest appearance helped in that regard,...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Paul Ellis - Silent Conversations

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Ellis was a bit tired of doing all things alone each time, so for his fourth solo album, he looked for outside sources and found them in friends and acquaintances. In fact he was so enthusiastic...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Penny Arkade - Not the Freeze

Cover art In the last issue I covered the reissue of the two strange albums (Apache and Inca) credited to Maitreya Kali, who, it is now known, was Craig Smith, formerly of an obscure LA psych...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Phaesis - Puzzle

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Phaesis from France is no new band, in fact they can celebrate their 25th anniversary in a few years time, since the band was founded in 1982. This is their fifth release to be precise. They seem...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Pierre Moerlin's Gong - Pentanine

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The late percussionist Pierre Moerlen’s last Gong lineup was this outstanding group of Russian musicians assembled for the SKIF festival in 2001; the group recorded these 13 tracks in a St....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Pippo d'Ambrosio - Arte Senza Volto

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Sometimes it’s so much more difficult to try and describe a piece of music than it is to just hear it and accept it without analysis and words. Case in point: a disc that is so diverse and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Live www.pfm.it (il Best)

Cover art PFM’s long return to the international stage was built up over several years of new recordings and prestigious live performances. With four essential members consistently in the line-up it also...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Procosmian Fannyfiddlers - Father Dog

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Superb synthesis, amazing amalgam, and cheeky chiding are the tools of their flowing trade. Within a context of variegated progressive rock, Procosmian Fannyfiddlers are a bastion of wide-reaching...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Proto-Kaw - Wait of Glory

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The history of Proto-Kaw has to be one of the greatest second-chance stories in the history of rock. The band made some demos between 1971-1973, but broke up shortly afterwards when Kerry Livgren...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Ptôse - Ignobles Limaces + Night of the Reptiles

Cover art If you can take your mind back to the early 80s, you might recall that heavily orchestrated rock music (aka “progressive”) was no longer the province of musicians with ambitions to create Art....  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Quartet Noir - Lugano

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Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has an extensive recorded history stretching back to his involvement in the free jazz group Om in 1974. Quartet Noir is his collaboration with past co-conspirators...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Quikion & Lithuma Qnombus - Live

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The three members of Quikion join with the two-man rhythm section Lithuma Qnombus for this 72 minute live set from March 2005 in Tokyo’s Manda-La2. Playing acoustic and electric guitars,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Rain - Cerulean Blue

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Rain is the moniker taken by an anonymous British poet as another solo artist who has crafted a minor conceptual masterpiece mostly on his own. The project is staged with recited scenarios by Rick...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Randone - Nuvole di Ieri, Ricordi & Hybla Act 1

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Oddly enough, for their first release on Electromantic, Randone was a trio: Nicola Randone on vocals and guitar (who had previously released material under his full name); Marco Crispi on lead...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Ray Weston - This Is My Halo

Cover art Ray Weston is best known as the long time voice of Echolyn. After the band broke up Weston took some time to gather his wits about him, work out his musical demons, and prepare himself for the next...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Receptor Sight - Cycles and Connections

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Besides the eight track titles, the CD packaging contains like, zero information. Recall from their earlier disc Undogmamind (reviewed in issue 27), Receptor Sight is an experimental duo...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Richard Leo Johnson - The Legend of Vernon McAlister

Cover art Unique among guitarists, Richard Leo Johnson has forged his own sound through years of self-taught study on his instrument, developing unconventional tunings, fingerpicking styles, and various other...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Ring of Myth - Weeds

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Ring of Myth is not the only band charting a course that combines old-school progressive with elements of metal and fusion, but their take on it is interesting enough to catch my attention....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Riverside - Second Life Syndrome

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Second Life Syndrome is Polish band Riverside’s second full-length album. It follows on the heels of their 2003 debut album Out of Myself and the subsequent 2005 EP

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Robert Rich - Electric Ladder

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Always a beacon of unpredictability, Robert Rich has trained this writer’s ears to expect something unexpected with each new release. This time out it’s a bed of pulsating modular...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Robert Schroeder - Brainchips (Vocal Version)

Cover art Robert Schroeder is back at last. Many years have passed, eleven years even, since Everdreams came out in 1994. After such a while, it’s a rarity that composers haven’t been touched by...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Robert Walter - Super Heavy Organ

Cover art With the title Super Heavy Organ, my initial expectation was that this album from Hammond organ player Robert Walter was going to be filled with hella-distorted, seriously overdriven, tube...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Roger Powell - Cosmic Furnace

Cover art This legendary album from the early days of electronic music is a welcome reissue. The overall sound is a bit unusual because of Powell’s use of ARP synthesizers rather than Moogs. The tracks...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Roine Stolt - Wall Street Voodoo

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Roine Stolt has certainly been a prolific musician the last several years. The Kaipa, Flower Kings, and Transatlantic guitarist / vocalist has released what seems like a couple of albums per year...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Royal Hunt - Paper Blood

Cover art André Andersen’s goal to make the definitive progressive metal statement comes closer to fruition with his band’s newest undertaking of ten pieces and two bonus tracks. The quintet’s...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Russell Allen's Atomic Soul - Russell Allen's Atomic Soul

Cover art Russell Allen has been the front man for prog metal act Symphony X for ten years and was searching for an opportunity to do some classic rock that didn’t quite fit the vision of his band. Allen...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Sadhappy - Outerspaces

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Sadhappy hasn’t been heard around these parts for quite some time. Work on the group’s second CD stalled while searching for a replacement to Paul Hinklin, who became ill and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Saga - Network

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Saga just keeps on trucking. Network is like their 947th studio album or something. What’s amazing about Saga is that unlike most bands fortunate enough to have 30-year music...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Saga - The Chapters Live

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This is the live album Saga fans have dreamed about. It was only a matter of time before Saga did the obvious – release a live collection of all The Chapters. Saga released two songs on each...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Saturnalia - Magical Love

Cover art This particular obscurity in Akarma’s campaign to rescue lost or legendary albums is an odd beast. The overall impression is much like the first incarnation of Renaissance with less appealing vocals...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Scenes - Call Us Now at the Number You Provide

Cover art Swedish prog metal protagonists Scenes are not a well known commodity on the international scene yet but they are making substantial inroads in that direction with this first label release. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Scott Amendola Band - Believe

Cover art For those not in the know, Scott Amendola has been pounding the skins in the experimental music realm for several years. In his many travels the time keeper has met a few kindred spirits along the way...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Secret Oyster - Vidunderlige Kælling

Cover art While listening to this album, I find myself often comparing it to Camel’s Snow Goose. For one thing, there is a certain stylistic similarity, as they are both keyboard-centric instrumental...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Shrimp Boat - Speckly

Cover art Chicago’s Shrimp Boat exemplified a regional lo-fi approach which was championed by late 80s bands such as Camper Van Beethoven, REM and the Replacements. Where many alternative rock acts appeared...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Side Project - Our Last Album

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Their first serving is ska jangle sailing right at the edge of Primus in a Sublime bowl on the outskirts of the New York Downtown scene at a soup kitchen. Bad Brains never tasted this good. They...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Sigur Rós - Takk

Cover art Iceland’s Sigur Rós’ claim to fame appears to be as a European bridge between 70s progressive rock ideas and modern alternative rock. The band has been tabbed by industry magazines such as...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Sky Cries Mary - Here and Now - Live 2005

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For those of you familiar with this Seattle band, you will remember that they disbanded after their 1999 release Seeds to pursue different musical ideas. For example, their female vocalist...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Soft Bounds - Live at Triton 2004

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Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper have been involved in so many projects together all it takes is for an alternate rhythm section to assemble under the two musical compatriots and a new project is born....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Soft Machine Legacy - Live in Zaandaam

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Moving forward from the Softworks lineup that included Allan Holdsworth, 2005 brought the opportunity to that icon with guitarist John Etheridge for a newer, more vital incarnation with distinct...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Spaced Out - Live in 2000

Cover art Anyone familiar with this hotshot Canadian fusion quartet (and shouldn’t all Exposé readers be?) knows that they are above all a musicians’ band – one of those outfits that makes your...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Spirit - Son of Spirit / Farther Along & Future Games / Spirit of 84

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After Spirit’s first four classic albums, the band entered a period of fluctuating personnel, style, and success. The double-LP Spirit of ‘76 had marked the revitalization of the band...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Spock's Beard - Gluttons for Punishment - Live in '05

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These two CDs capture Spock’s Beard on their 2005 Octane European tour. Disk one is almost entirely taken from that record, while disk two pulls from past albums Feel Euphoria,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Stella Vander - Le Coeur Allant Vers

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Stella Zelcer established herself as an artist with an uncompromising independent streak long before the close of the 60s, when she was known simply as “Stella.” Despite having a keen...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Stephen Parsick - Hollenengel

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Stephen Parsick, the other half of the well known (in EM-circles) German formation Ramp has made an album that immediately floats into dark realms. Travelling side by side with Vangelis, dark...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Stevan Tickmayer - Repetitive Selective Removal of One Protecting Group

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I know what you’re saying, why is this perennial commercial panderer back in the pages of Exposé? For those who think Tickmayer’s work in the Science Group is too...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Steve Howe - Homebrew 3

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This is the third edition in Steve Howe¹s collection of archival demo recordings. With this disk the Yes guitarist has pulled together pieces spanning some twenty years, beginning with the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Steve Roach - New Life Dreaming

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This is one of the “new” discs in the four-disc Dreamtime box set, that also includes Possible Worlds and the remastered Dreamtime Return (all reviewed...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Steve Roach - Possible Planet

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Steve Roach in his EM always worked with the benefits of both analog and digital worlds. For this album he not only concentrated on analog, he directed his ideas solely to a new brand of mighty...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Steve Walsh - Shadowman

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After 30-some-odd years in the music business (if they’re lucky enough to last that long), most artists have fallen into a comfort zone and their new albums no longer offer any surprises. For...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Stinkhorn - Stinkhorn & Tunguska

Cover art Stinkhorn was one of Seattle’s most challenging modern jazz quartets, blending John Zorn style motifs and English fusion approaches. Strong comparisons to George Cartwright and Curlew can be made...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Strawbs - Live at NEARfest & Hugh's Room

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Strawbs line-ups have undergone quite a few changes in recent years. Having never seen Brian Willoughby, I was happy to view his guitar stylings since they are substantially different from Dave...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Swåp - Du Da

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Swåp, you might recall, is the foursome of two Swedes – Carina Normansson (fiddle, vocals) and Ola Bläckström (fiddle) – and two Brits – Karen Tween (accordion)...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Symphorce - Godspeed

Cover art Both symphonic and forceful, Symphorce is a German power metal quintet with double guitar, bass, drums, and a singer. Their compositions follow a fairly typical verse-chorus structure, and stay...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Talisma - Chromium

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This instrumental trio from Québec specializes in the kind of complex, tightly arranged music that some people love and others can’t tolerate. I suppose there must be a third group...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Taylor's Free Universe - Family Shot & Oyster's Apprentice

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The very prolific guitarist Robin Taylor hits us with new offerings from two of his ensembles. Taylor’s Free Universe is Taylor’s improv outfit, featuring Pierre Tassone on processed...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

That 1 Guy - Songs in the Key of Beotch

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That 1 Guy prides himself on being part Trent Reznor and part Frank Zappa mixed up with a snaky Primus vibe. Spin those disparate concepts altogether and you’ve got a good idea how...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

The Fareed Haque Group - Cosmic Hug

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Fareed Haque needs no introduction in the closely knit circle of jam bands circling North America. His main band, Garaj Mahal, is a touring fixture at nearly any jam based festival organized in the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

The Gentry - Sweet Gossip TV

Cover art Sweet Gossip TV is the second full official recording by the duo of Steve Taylor and Gino Mari, heavily influenced by The Cure and the Psychedelic Furs. The band has come a long way since...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

The Grand Trick - The Decadent Session

Cover art To tell you the truth, I have a difficult time getting into this music. I have made several attempts to listen to this CD, but I was never a real big fan of heavy rock music, even in the seventies....  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

The Holy Fire - The Holy Fire

Cover art A bit of an odd fit for Exposé, the Holy Fire is a balls-out, energetic four piece from Detroit who recorded their inaugural EP in Toronto. The tracks are all in the three minute range and...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute

Cover art If you poke around online for reviews of this album, you’re likely to find everything from “masterpiece” to “piece of crap.” Well, anything that sparks that much disagreement can’t be all...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

The Muffins with Marshall Allen & Knoel Scott - Loveletter #2 "The Ra Sessions"

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What does one get when The Muffins mix it up with two great sax players (Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott) from Sun Ra’s Arkestra? That’s right, not two – but four sax players, plus...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

The Pineapple Thief - 10 Stories Down

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I have been following Pineapple Thief for a few releases, and 10 Stories Down is another offering of alternative-prog fusion. The good news is that Bruce Soord and company still have a...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

The Silverman - Nature of Illusion

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The Silverman (aka Phil Knight) is The Legendary Pink Dots’ keyboardist. Phil has participated in several side projects over the years such as Mimir and Tear Garden. In 2003 Phil started...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Homo Habilis Blues

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After a distinguished career with a band called Union Carbide Productions, Ebbot Lundberg (vocals), Björn Olsson (guitars), and Ian Person (guitars) regrouped as The Soundtrack of Our Lives...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

The Underground Railroad - The Origin of Consciousness

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I found the Underground Railroad’s debut CD to be an uneven affair. Some parts were very good, others less interesting, and in general, the band seemed to be in search of a direction. With...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

The Van Allen Belt - Lactater-Tots

Cover art The Van Allen Belt is the moniker taken by composer Troy Paiva, who wrote and performed ten tracks with Apple software packages that emulate basic rock and roll band instrumentation. Initial...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Thirteen of Everything - Welcome, Humans

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I got the Thirteen of Everything demo back in 2002, so this one has been a long time in coming. A quartet out of Texas with guitars, keyboards, basses, and drums, Thirteen of Everything have sonic...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Thork - We-ila

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The French seem to have a lock on dark symphonic prog these days (see Nil elsewhere this issue) – or maybe it’s just those two guys named Maurin (David on guitar and Samuel on bass and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Tod Dockstader / David Lee Myers - Bijou

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Tod Dockstader is one of the grand old men of electro-acoustic music, and on Bijou he is teamed with David Lee Myers, who performs on “feedback machines.” From the cover to the...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Tom Heasley - Desert Tryptich

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On his previous recordings Where the Earth Meets the Sky and On the Sensations of Tone (reviewed in #23 and #26 respectively), Heasley’s floating ambient epics were created...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Tomas Bodin - I Am

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For his fourth solo effort, Flower Kings keyboard player Tomas Bodin takes a more autobiographical approach, using theatrically conceptual albums like Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Pain...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Trio Fattoruso - Trio Fattoruso

Cover art It makes perfect sense that Uruguay would not be just another blip on the radar of finesse jazz and rock players. Brothers Jorge and Hugo Fattoruso have been playing various Latin and jazz styles for...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Turning Point - Matador

Cover art Sophisticated jazz and fusion is an art form unto itself having been perfected to a certain degree by acts such as the Crusaders, Yellowjackets, and Russ Freeman. Part of Turning Point’s local...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Umphrey's McGee - Wrapped around Chicago

Cover art Umphrey’s McGee occupies one of those favorable music niches somewhere between late era Phish and the Dave Mathews Band. The jam band moniker has been a complete benefit for the six-piece act as the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Under the Sun - Schematism - On Stage with Under the Sun

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Under the Sun has been AWOL since the band debuted in 2000 with mixing work done by long time Rush associate Terry Brown on Magna Carta. The band also had some name confusion with the Nova Scotia...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Univers Zéro - Live

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I remember back in the day when I first heard Univers Zéro’s debut LP, I just scratched my head in bewilderment; what were these guys doing? It wasn’t until after hearing a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Unto Ashes - Grave Blessings

Cover art Given their penchant for unusual melodic angles, middle-eastern modalities, medieval and gothic stylisms, and folky mysticism, one would be amiss to review this band without mentioning some...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Various Artists - Analogy, Volume 1

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Listeners who doubt the fact that the majority of music which is made with analog synthesizers sounds mysterious and fathomed, should listen to this album. Several musicians from the Dutch EM-forum...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Various Artists - Flowers Made of Snow

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Cold Meat Industry is a label out of Sweden that caters to those who enjoy “the evolving sound of someone else’s nightmare.” The 23 tracks spread across these two disks offer...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Various Artists - Kaleidoscope - Musicians of Door County

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This diverse collection spotlights the work of a number of recording artists from Door County, Wisconsin; the eleven pieces herein are clearly inspired by the natural beauty and serenity of their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Various Artists - Kinections: The ProgDay Support CD

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Anyone acquainted with the North Carolina-based ProgDay festival knows full well the challenges this annual event has confronted in years past, having faced its imminent demise more than once. And...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Various Artists - Summoning of the Muse - A Tribute to Dead Can Dance

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Dead Can Dance have had a profound impact upon musicians around the world, with a fame that has grown steadily since Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard issued their first album in 1984. Newly...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Walter Hill - Popjazz

Cover art There are a few important reasons to consider why slick jazz is still popular, emphasizing passionate sax lines and comfortable grooves. One is that the best session musicians are on tap to record a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Wendy Carlos - Rediscovering Lost Scores Volume One & Two

Cover art Writing about music is never really easy, but writing about music that was created for a purpose other than just listening is even harder. The pieces on these two discs were recorded as background...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Wigwam - Some Several Moons

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Jim Pembroke and Wigwam were one of those acts who occupied a welcome place between rock and progressive music in Finland. Pembroke’s songwriting style is an easy match to much of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

William Parker Quartet - Sound Unity

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Upright bass icon William Parker has the consistent ability to surround himself with talent, purpose, and purity of vision. Together with drummer Hamid Drake (also one of the stable of the Thirsty...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Willowglass - Willowglass

Cover art Willowglass is the solo project of Andrew Marshall who has opted for the D.I.Y. approach to his debut recording. Helping him out is drummer Dave Brightman, a move that spares the listener programmed...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Zinkl - Temptations of St Anthony

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My last encounter with Anton Zinkl-Singer was with Dance Music for Insects back in 2002. For this outing, his seventh, the insectoid clicking that characterized that album is gone,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Latest news

2017-05-19
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

2017-05-05
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

2017-05-02
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

2017-04-16
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

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Pelt - Técheöd – Here we have three ambient tracks from a not-so-dark trio on the indie VHF label. According to the label website, the title of this album is pronounced "Tay-hoood," but I'm still not certain what...  (1999) » Read more

Mestari - Mestari – Recorded in 1993, this four-piece jazz quartet featuring Yochk'o Seffer on various saxes was a logical precursor to the new Zao album, and while the latter more closely approaches progressive, Mestari...  (1995) » Read more

Obscura - Le Città Invisibili – Le Città Invisibili is the debut release by Obscura, an Italian neo-prog band consisting of vocals, guitar, flute, bass, keyboards, and percussion. The title comes from the 1972 novel by Italian...  (2009) » Read more

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture – Pendragon's new release, The Masquerade Overture, further proves that this band is one of the better proponents of neo-progressive rock. Not because of any great originality, but because of their...  (1996) » Read more

Various Artists - Ambience Is Where You Find It – Perhaps that is true, but I can't say I found it anywhere here; neither of the old variety nor the new. Four names appear on this compilation, none of which I know: Urban Ambience, Emile...  (1997) » Read more



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