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Lava-Ox-Sea - Next Episode: Lord Smart vs Dr. Jin

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This band from Hefei in the Anhui province of Eastern China (not exactly a hotbed of music as far as I'm aware) occupies what could probably be an uncomfortable spot that doesn't exactly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-06-19)

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin - Green and Blue & Hour Moon

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The first new set of music in over 15 years from sophisticated pop duo keyboardist Dave Stewart and vocalist Barbara Gaskin is a strong reason for celebration. The two have not lost step with their...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin - Green and Blue & Hour Moon

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The first new set of music in over 15 years from sophisticated pop duo keyboardist Dave Stewart and vocalist Barbara Gaskin is a strong reason for celebration. The two have not lost step with their...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Mystery - Destiny? 10th Anniversary Edition

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This is a reissue of Mystery’s second disc, Destiny? Originally issued in 1988, it features original singer Gary Savoie along with main song-writer and guitarist Michel...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Rebuilding the Rights of Statues - Watch Out! Climate Has Changed, Fat Mum Rises...

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The band with the awkward name has released an album with a name even more awkward. The band is generally called Re-TROS, and I'll call the album Watch Out. Since their 2005 release...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

J21 - Yellow Mind - Blue Mind

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J21 is the stage name of a Spanish guitarist who, judging from the list of collaborators here and on his other projects, is getting a lot of attention in musical circles. This CD features Trey...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Holloway - Illusions

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Holloway is a new band from Michigan, currently operating as a quintet, though the band that recorded this debut was just the threesome of Ross Morgan (guitar, vocals, drums), his brother Josh...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Soft Heap - Soft Heap

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Another splinter project of the Soft Machine / National Health ilk, Soft Heap was described as the "living evolution of the Softs" going forward into the present day (even though Gowen...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Contraction - Live 1974

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Like many fans of 70s Canadian progressive rock, I really enjoy the first two Contraction albums, but I really had no idea from those how truly professional and what a peak level the band was in...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-06-22)

Happy Birthday Secret Weapon - Ground Floor Coming Up

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This Seattle-based band takes an interesting turn away from standard guitar power trio sounds. Certainly more complex (especially rhythmically) than your standard rock fare, they haven’t...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Odyssice - Silence

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Dutch band Odyssice’s new album has been several years in the making, but it was worth the wait. The band has gone though some changes since 2000’s Impression, most notably the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Stefan Poetzsch - Light On

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Born into a family of musicians and artists, Stefan Poetzsch started studying classical violin at music school in Magdeburg, East Germany in 1970. In the mid-70s he heard a radio broadcast of music...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Peter Gach - Fresh Piano

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Californian pianist Peter Gach here presents a set of pieces by five different contemporary composers from his home state; a variety of styles are represented, from decidedly lyrical to angular and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Polytoxicomane Philharmonie - Go Ape

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Apparently this is the fourth release by this German five-piece that’s somehow flown under my radar since their 2003 debut. The fact that there are only eight tracks spread across these two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Twelfth Night - Smiling at Grief & Art and Illusion - The Definitive Editions

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Those interested in discovering the roots of neo-prog owe it to themselves to explore the music of Twelfth Night, and I can’t think of a better place to start than here. Smiling at Grief...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Haiku Funeral - Assassination in the Hashish Cathedral & If God Is a Drug

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At hand we have the second and third releases by Haiku Funeral. The nine tracks of Assassination in the Hashish Cathedral explore dark grotesque soundworlds, laced with disturbing gothic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Lalo Huber - Lost in Kali Yuga

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Lalo Huber is the keyboard player for Nexus and this is his first solo album. This 79-minute disc is mostly instrumental with a couple of vocal songs. The centerpiece of the disc is the four-part...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Flood - Tales from the Four Seasons

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Flood is a one man band who plays all the instruments (acoustic guitar, keyboards and clarinet, among others) on this CD which gives us four tunes, one for each season. The entire CD is a tranquil...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Fibonacci Sequence - We Three Kings & Numerology

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This Milwaukee-based band’s name may have you expecting some sort of robotic math rock, though there’s little in the way of Frippian interlocking guitar patterns here. Instead these two...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Esthema - The Hereness and Nowness of Things

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This American band features a trio of guitar (electric and acoustic), violin, and oud / bouzouki backed by electric bass and drums, plus guests on percussion and cello. The lead role is most...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Engineers - Three Fact Fader

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Engineers were a band many pegged to go big, but the implosion of their label after the release of their 2004 debut threw them into limbo. The time off allowed them to slave over these 13 songs,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Eidôlon - Dreamland

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Eidôlon is a French band consisting of a keyboardist / guitarist, violin / bass, and a drummer. Dreamland is a seven-part 50-minute piece based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The disc...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Distinguished Panel of Experts - Trans-Indulgent

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These experts are well known to most Exposé readers: bassist and primary expert Mike Sary (French TV), keyboardist Guy Leblanc (Nathan Mahl, Camel), guitarist Shawn Persinger...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Chance:Risiko - Sleep Talking

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The first thing I’d have to say about this four-piece from Bologna is that they really don’t sound Italian, which of course is an absurd thing to say, since a whole country can’t...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Celestial Oeuvre - This Mortal Coil

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The story around this album is a sad one. New Yorkers Celestial Oeuvre had just finished work on the follow up to their 2004 debut Second Chance when keyboard player / bassist / guitar...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Magma - Merci

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With a seven year hiatus since Magma's previous studio album, Merci finds Vander pushing a completely new sound for the band. The influence of early 80s pop music is fairly strong...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Gunda Gottschalk / Xu Fengxia - Youlan

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Here we have a set of live improvisations with Gunda Gottschalk, a German violinist, and Xu Fengxia, a Chinese guzheng player; both of them also provide vocal sounds. The guzheng is an ancient...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

CJ Boyd - Aerial Roots

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I previously encountered C.J. Boyd with his group Sexxxtet (reviewed last issue), and while this recording features him without the cellos, there are definitely some musical similarities. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

SBB - Live in Theatre 2005 & New Century

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They began life as the Silesian Blues Band in 1971, and shortly after became the backing band for Polish superstar Czeslaw Niemen, returning as simply SBB in 1974 to ultimately become one of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Asia Minor - Between Flesh and Divine

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If symphonic rock is defined by keyboard sounds that sit in for groups of strings and larger groups then it might be arguable if Crossing the Line truly fell in that category due to the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-23)

Asia Minor - Crossing the Line

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Hailing from the same year and country as my previous selection, Asia Minor were actually formed by two young Turkish men in Paris, and despite their love for the English symphonic and progressive...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-23)

Strawbs - Dancing to the Devil's Beat

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I’m not sure what the dog licking a red popsicle on the cover represents, but this latest release by the full five- piece Strawbs celebrates 40 years since the release of the band’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Porcupine Tree - The Incident

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The Incident is Porcupine Tree’s tenth studio album. The double vinyl limited edition comes housed in a PVC slip case including a 48-page 12” book with the usual artsy photos...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Gong - 2032

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In 2032, or so the legend goes, Planet Gong finally makes contact with Earth. And I guess that you can consider 2032 to be the fourth part of the Radio Gnome trilogy. This new release is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Magma - Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré

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Listening to the new Magma album is kind of like visiting an old town you used to live in thirty years ago. As you walk around you see some of the old landmarks you used to know, but there are many...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Robert Normandeau - Figures

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Clocking in at exactly 60 minutes is Robert Normandeau’s latest release of acousmatic music. The opening piece is "Le Renard et la Rose" ("The Fox and the Rose"). This is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-22)

Area - Caution Radiation Area

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I've noticed on many Area fans' lists this one tends to drop a bit lower and I'd even put it in third place in their catalog. But it's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-09-22)

Jesca Hoop - Kismet & Hunting My Dress

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I missed this extraordinary songwriter's debut back in 2007, but when I heard her second effort I immediately sought it out. Kismet is a stunning entry into what might be called the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

The Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I always felt this was a bit of a sister album to At Fillmore East even if its studio record was more of a follow up, but this was essentially...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-01)

Various Artists - Hur! Hommage à la Musique de Christian Vander

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On the occasion of Magma’s 40th anniversary as a band, Soleil Zeuhl has assembled this excellent tribute compilation featuring an array of artists, including several former members of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Yochk'o Seffer - Condor

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That’s not a typo, this is a whopping three discs of essentially free-folk-jazz sax playing with varying levels of accompaniment, purely instrumental with the exception of one spoken poem on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Faust - C'est Com... Com... Compliqué & Is Last

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Beginning in the lush, disco-free Eurozone of the 70s, beneficiaries of finally reliable synthesizers, a well-defined tradition of art music tape experimentation, post modern euphemisms, and a...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2011-06-01)

Gong Global Family - Live in Brazil 20 November 2007

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November 20th, 2007 is the date, one of three shows in Brazil that year. Daevid Allen and Josh Pollock (University of Errors) are joined by a number of Brazilian musicians (members of the Invisible...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Morbid Angel - Blessed Are the Sick

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Within the death metal genre this is easily considered one of the prime classics, but outside of the field, its high musical pedigree and unusual...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-10-13)

Sophya Baccini - Aradia

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Hers was one of the most powerful voices in Italian rock when she fronted the band Presence in the mid-to-late 90s, with albums like The Sleeper Awakes and Black Opera to their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

KTU - Quiver

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The follow-up to the first effort from the partnership of latter day King Crimson rhythm section (Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelloto) with accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen is a must for fans of Crimson and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Lee Abraham - Black & White

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On this album Lee Abraham is treading a similar path as countryman Steve Thorne (see Roundtables, this issue), though overall these songs have a stronger metal quality to them, especially in the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Nevärlläjf - Klusterfloristen

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Nevärlläjf is a young Swedish quintet of synths, guitars, bass, and drums. By young, I mean that these guys were in high school in 2005. Yet their music belies their age with its...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Delta Red - Gama de Espectros

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Delta Red is a progressive jazz-rock trio hailing from Querétaro, Mexico who play aggressive instrumentals heavily influenced by King Crimson’s Red. The title track opens the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Bertrand Loreau - Réminiscences

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Bertrand Loreau is a French synthesist who has been composing and releasing music for the past 30 years. Listening to and learning from the masters Klaus Schulze and Vangelis, Loreau has an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Garaj Mahal - More Mr Nice Guy & Discovery

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Garaj Mahal takes some of the classic elements of 70s fusion and makes them work in today’s musical climate. While the music is sometimes on the funky side of rhythm, the jazz feel always...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Magenta - Home, New York Suite & Night and Day

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My goodness this band has been busy. Or I should say: Rob Reed has been busy, since he’s the creative engine that runs this group. He’s had time to do all this plus the Chimpan A side...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Fred Frith - Nowhere. Sideshow. Thin Air.

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As one might guess from the title, this is a three-in-one – in this case three commissioned dance pieces by three different choreographers (one recent and two a bit older) that coexist...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Osada Vida - Uninvited Dreams

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Poland is bursting with talented groups these days and I’d put this quartet near the top of that list. Their sound is similar to countrymen Riverside in that they can delve into heavy duty...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Mike Keneally - Scambot 1

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This is the first installment in a three-volume cycle, about a guy named Scambot, his cat Chee and the evil Boleous T. Ophunji (among many others). Mike Keneally is a triple threat as a musician,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Steve Howe Trio - Travelling

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Steve Howe’s jazzy organ trio plays with the entire groove that this traditional jazz configuration demands, and then some. Together with his oldest son Dylan on drums and Ross Stanley on...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship

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What if Can and Cluster merged? Grinding retro-sequencers and synthesizers have an old eight-bit tone to them on this record – the funny result is like Kraftwerk totally rocking out. Yes, the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Volcano the Bear / La STPO - The Shy Volcanic Society at the Bear and Bird Parade

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No, it’s not a collaboration between these two BLR mainstays, it’s a split realease with five VTB tracks and four by La STPO. Volcano the Bear take us on a journey to a farm — I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

No Name - 20 Candles

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No Name may be the only prog rock band from Luxembourg. They currently have four studio albums under their belt, their most recent being the creatively named 4 from 2006. 2008 marked the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Lisa Gerrard - The Mirror Pool

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Lisa Gerrard is the prime mover behind 4AD trailblazers Dead Can Dance. Her sometimes spooky, sometimes playful vocals have earned her a modest following in the art-rock crowd, often evoking the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Bacamarte - Depois do Fim

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Let me just begin this by saying this album is unquestionably the best Brazilian symphonic progressive rock album. Keep also in mind that it hasn't had much competition until the last few...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Honeyelk - En Quête d'un Monde Meilleur (Stoyz vi Dozévéloy Reissue)

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An almost legendary album in French rock, Honeyelk's Stoyz vi Dozévéloy was originally released in a limited pressing of only 1000 copies. The band was a quintet of bass,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

I Numi - Alpha Ralpha Boulevard

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Probably the only thing interesting about this album is that the cover is a photo by Nagel. Everything else is typically average beat / psych rock heavily influenced by the Beatles. Lots of short...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Hawkwind - Chronicle of the Black Sword

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This incarnation of the band is the same as the one that released Church of...

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(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1994-10-01)

Dedalus - Dedalus

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Dedalus were the jazziest of the Trident groups and this, their debut, has been the only one reissued of their two albums. Dedalus were very similar to the laid back fusion of Perigeo, with spacy...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Judy Dyble - Talking with Strangers

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For those of you not old enough to remember, Judy Dyble was Fairport Convention’s original vocalist who left after their first album. She then hooked up with Ian McDonald and the original...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Christian Vander - Wurdah Ïtah

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Originally released as a film soundtrack credited solely to Christian Vander, Wurdah Ïtah was recorded by a quartet extracted from the 1974 lineup; one of the smallest incarnations of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Deborah Martin / Erik Wøllo - Between Worlds

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The worlds in this case are the spirit world and the physical world, the bridge between them according to Native American beliefs are the ritual, the healing and the magic, and on the music...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Sebkha-Chott - De la persistence & Niglah

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Sebkha-Chott is a band of wild and crazy young French musicians playing music that is so bizarre and unclassifiable that I do not know where to begin. I reviewed their second release...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-01-01)

Geoff Leigh / Yumi Hara - Upstream

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Multi-instrumentalist Geoff Leigh is probably best known for his tenure with Henry Cow, but has also worked with Slapp Happy and Canterbury legends Hatfield and the North; here he sticks mainly to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-01)

The Thurston Lava Tube - The Year of the Dog

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As a late-comer to the warped avant-surf world of Alan Jenkins and The Thurston Lava Tube, I’m playing catch-up with the back catalog. I already covered the reissue of

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-30)

Gilgamesh - Another Fine Tune You Got Me Into

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Gilgamesh's second album is a work of rediscovery for the original two lead voices of the band, Phil Lee (guitars) and Alan Gowen (keyboards). Gowen had just returned from a tour of the U.S....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Venegoni & Co. - Sarabanda

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The second Venegoni album, Sarabanda, continues onward from the first, perhaps replacing some of the experimentalism with refinement, and some of the subtlety with a willingness to rock....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Itoiz - Itoiz

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While the Basque country is politically part of Spain, Itoiz gives plenty of reason to count it as a separate entity. There is an influence in this music that is definitely indigenous to this small...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Carsick Cars - You Can Listen, You Can Talk

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I wrote about this Chinese band’s debut recording back in #36, and their core esthetic...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Zao - Ethnic-3 Live

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Since the band was founded in the early 70s by ex-Magma members François Cahen (piano) and Yochk'o Seffer (saxes), theirs has been a constant evolutionary path, with no two consecutive...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 11 - 15

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Beginning with its first year of operations, Garden of Delights has released a yearly limited edition Psychedelic Underground sampler containing the best track from each of their 9...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

The Ukrainians - Diaspora

Cover art Hard to believe it’s been 18 years since this band’s first release. While they’ve hardly been prolific – only four studio albums in that time, along with a couple of live releases and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Cathedral & Rum - The Moon Is the Lord of Twisted Trees

Cover art Cathedral & Rum is essentially LA-based singer/songwriter Chris Hartford plus a host of guest musicians, depending on the album or song. Though make no mistake: Hartford is the creative nexus...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2010-07-01)

The Brimstone Solar Radiation Band - Smorgasbord

Cover art Apparently this is the third recording by this excellent Norwegian quintet, although they are new to me. Where have I been? Like their countrymen Motorpsycho and The Last James / Haakon Ellingsen,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Runaway Totem - Manu Menes

Cover art Runaway Totem has always tended toward the out-there beyond-the-unusual side of avant-garde rock, and this sprawling 72-minute three-sided monster is no exception. Each of the three side-long cuts...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach / Erik Wøllo - Stream of Thought

Cover art Roach should be well known to Exposé readers, and in fact Wøllo should as well – he’s a Norwegian guitarist who, at least these days almost always relies on elusive techniques that make...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love

Cover art With each successive release, The Decemberists seem to get more proggy. Their brand of folk-oriented rock owes more to Jethro Tull and Strawbs than the Byrds and CSNY. Leader Colin Meloy’s stories...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Música Urbana - Música Urbana

Cover art Música Urbana was an eclectic Spanish fusion band who recorded this gem in 1976. With its sudden rhythmic and melodic changes, and rapid alternation between composed ensemble sections and...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

Necronomicon - Strange Dreams

Cover art Strange Dreams presents 13 archived recordings from the Aachen band Necronomicon. The first ten are rehearsal tapes and the final three live, all from 1976. Consequently, the sound quality is...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Rick Miller - Falling through Rainbows

Cover art Rick Miller is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and composer who began his musical career in the 80s. Over the past five years Rick’s focus has been progressive rock and Falling through...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Josiah - Procession

Cover art Procession is the fifth and final album by this UK stoner rock band formed in 2000. If you are a fan of head-slamming rock along the lines of Black Sabbath and Ozzie, this is the album for...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Area - Arbeit Macht Frei

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McLatchey's Top Tier #3

The singular Italian jazz rock band of the 70s created classics after this one, but I'm not sure any of their other albums had quite the grooves this one did....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-11-23)

Neil Rolnick - The Economic Engine

Cover art American composer Neil Rolnick has been working in the intersection of music and computers since the 70s, and this recent recording presents fully realized visions of several directions you can go...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Three Shanghai Bands

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These three bands hail from Shanghai, a city known for avant-garde music, and they certainly fit that categorization; they share members, several of whom have also worked in other prominent...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Three Shanghai Bands

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These three bands hail from Shanghai, a city known for avant-garde music, and they certainly fit that categorization; they share members, several of whom have also worked in other prominent...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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These seven titles by the legendary Ange represent part of Musea's big score from absorbing the Baillemont label late last year. Although most of these have been released on CD before — not once,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Gentle Giant - King Alfred's College

Cover art Good quality Gentle Giants live CDs are a variable commodity for fans seeking a performance of that elusive tour or song which was only performed twice. Surprising to find then that the band itself...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Gentle Giant - 2005 DRT Remasters

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[Note: This review was written upon the release of the albums on DRT in 2005.]

DRT is Derek Shulman’s US based label, which has taken ownership of the band’s North America CD...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Gentle Giant - 2005 DRT Remasters

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[Note: This review was written upon the release of the albums on DRT in 2005.]

DRT is Derek Shulman’s US based label, which has taken ownership of the band’s North America CD...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Gentle Giant - 2005 DRT Remasters

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[Note: This review was written upon the release of the albums on DRT in 2005.]

DRT is Derek Shulman’s US based label, which has taken ownership of the band’s North America CD...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Gentle Giant - 2005 DRT Remasters

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[Note: This review was written upon the release of the albums on DRT in 2005.]

DRT is Derek Shulman’s US based label, which has taken ownership of the band’s North America CD...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Gentle Giant - In a Glass House

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[Note: This review was written upon the remastered release version of In a Glass House from 2000]

Having owned the re-issue of this album by the Terrapin Trucking Company, I...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Retsam Suriv - Exégesys

Cover art Retsam Suriv is a progressive metal band from Argentina. Exégesys is their first album and was released in 2009 (but copyrighted in 2007). The band consists of guitars, keyboards, bass,...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Peter Hammill - Thin Air

Cover art Peter Hammill’s recent albums of home studio recordings always present a consistent delivery and song craft. This collection of nine pieces moves forward with a few unique tweaks and variations...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Nels Cline - Coward

Cover art Make no mistake: Nels Cline is a modern guitar hero of high caliber. This recording begins with a looped drone reminiscent of Soft Machine before carefully exploring new channels. Cline gracefully...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Steve Roach - Destination Beyond, Afterlight, Immersion: Four

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Steve Roach released these three CDs as an individually numbered boxed set or as separate items. As with any minimalist music, you are not on the fence: as you either love it or loathe it. All...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2010-07-01)

Steve Roach - Destination Beyond, Afterlight, Immersion: Four

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Steve Roach released these three CDs as an individually numbered boxed set or as separate items. As with any minimalist music, you are not on the fence: as you either love it or loathe it. All...

 » Read more
(Posted by Dan Marsh 2010-07-01)

Steve Roach - Destination Beyond, Afterlight, Immersion: Four

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Steve Roach released these three CDs as an individually numbered boxed set or as separate items. As with any minimalist music, you are not on the fence: as you either love it or loathe it. All...

 » Read more
(Posted by Dan Marsh 2010-07-01)

Jeff Greinke - Virga

Cover art It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything new from Jeff Greinke, probably my own fault since he has close to 20 releases to his credit now and I’ve heard less than half that number – mostly...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Peter Garland - String Quartets

Cover art Exuberant, bright and energetic, these two string quartets performed by Apartment House ( a traditional line-up of two violins, viola and cello) manage to cover a few centuries’ worth of style while...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2010-07-01)

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Playing the Piano / Out of Noise

Cover art Some thirty-five years ago Japanese rock music was still an unknown subject, the only exception being percussionist Stomu Yamash’ta. Then came the Yellow Magic Orchestra, which marked the beginning...  » Read more
(Posted by Alessandro Michelucci 2010-07-01)

Phased - A Sort of Spasmic Phlegm Induced by Leaden Fumes of Pleasure

Cover art Once one gets past the gross-out album title, there’s plenty of great music on this disc for the proto-psych, space-rock and stoner-rock aficionado. A Swiss based g/b/d trio, this is apparently...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Colour Haze - Burg Herzberg Festival 18.Juli 2008

Cover art This double disc set commemorates over two hours of Colour Haze’s amazing performance at the July 2008 Burg Herzberg festival in Germany. A psychedelic hard-rock trio of guitar, bass and drums, with...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Earthling Society - Sci-Fi Hi-Fi

Cover art Fans of freewheeling psychedelic spacerock should take note. Sci-Fi Hi-Fi is Earthling Society’s second release for the 4zero label, and their fifth release overall since their formation in...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Knitting by Twilight - Riding the Way Back

Cover art The Knitting by Twilight crew have been busy lately, with their last album out in 2008 and the Herd of Mers spin-off release coming late that same year. Though this isn’t a full-length CD — the...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2010-07-01)

Present - Barbaro (Ma Non Troppo)

Cover art Present has a history of making macabre movie-soundtrack music since their first album Triskaidekaphobie was released in 1980. Their ninth record is accompanied by an essential archive DVD...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2010-07-01)

Crimson Jazz Trio - King Crimson Songbook Volume 2

Cover art The late Ian Wallace championed the completion of his trio’s second recording but never had the chance to hear the final fruits of his labor. Together with pianist Jody Nardine and bassist Tim...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Piano Circus featuring Bill Bruford - Skin and Wire

Cover art Bill Bruford’s last new studio recording before his announced retirement is seamlessly intertwined with the improvisational two man, two woman unit Pianocircus. Performing the compositions of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Neil Haverstick - Spider

Cover art Neil Haverstick continues to prove his guitar virtuosity with Spider. The album opens with the four movements of “Spider,” written for 19-tone guitar and chamber orchestra. Tom Blomster...  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 2010-07-01)

Slivovitz - Hubris

Cover art Here’s one of those hard to classify albums that covers a lot of ground but is generally centered in a sort of ethnic area of the jazzosphere, with some nods to Zappa as well as middle-eastern...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - The Painted River of Regrets

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During the Legendary Pink Dots 2008 tour they were selling Edward’s The Painted River of Regrets as a limited edition of 399 CDr copies. These were rapidly sold out and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - O'er a Shalabast'r Tyde Strolt Ay

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Edward Ka-Spel records and releases two basic types of solo music, songs and experimental music (collages, found sounds, and electronics). O’er a Shalabast’r Tyde Strolt Ay is an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Shawn Phillips with J Peter Robinson and Paul Buckmaster - Living Collaboration

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Hot on the heels of his Living Contribution concert DVD is Living Collaboration recorded at the Minnesota Zoological Gardens the evening of July 19, 2008. Living...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Shawn Phillips - At the BBC

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Back in the early to mid 70s Shawn Phillips was in the heyday of his career. This CD presents three different BBC radio sessions (May 10, 1971, March 7, 1973, and October 1, 1974) from this fine...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Drifting in Silence - Facewithin

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Drifting in Silence is the electronic brainchild of composer and multi-instrumentalist Derrick Stembridge and Facewithin is his fifth release of ambient-based dance music. The eight...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Forgas Band Phenomena - L'Axe du Fou

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Patrick Forgas is a French drummer who has been releasing jazz-rock fusion gems since the late 70s. The latest incarnation on Cuneiform Records finds Patrick and his band mates Sebastien Trognon...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Syzygy - Realms of Eternity

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There is definitely something going on with progressive music these days. As we near the end of the first decade of the 21st Century it appears that we are emerging from the doldrums with some...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

Cover art Steven Wilson has single-handedly re-shaped modern prog rock through his various bands and projects that include Porcupine Tree, No Man, Blackfield, Bass Communion, IEM, etc. So for him to take time...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

Cover art Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson is a shrewd businessman in this era of file sharing and limited edition recordings. His first official solo recording under his own name (aside from a few...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Forrest Fang - Phantoms

Cover art It’s been nearly a decade since Fang’s last solo release Gongland, punctuated only by Invisibility, his collaboration with Carl Weingarten in 2006. But great achievements are...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Copernicus - Disappearance

Cover art If Van Halen’s David Lee Roth decided to drop it all and become an obtuse beat poet, that may create a small avenue of interest into the ramblings of Copernicus. There is no doubt that plenty of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

Brainstorm - Smile a While

Cover art German guys in foundations and girdles? This is one of those albums that will immediately catch your eye as you browse the CD racks. Not being aware of this band or album I was skeptical of their...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-12-31)

The Smell of Incense - A Curious Miscellany

Cover art A Curious Miscellany is a compilation of TSoI singles, cassettes, and demos of covers recorded by the band in the early- to mid-90s. As such this is an excellent collection of music recorded...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-08-09)

Daemonia - Dawn of the Dead / Zombi

Cover art Daemonia is a relatively new project by Claudio Simonetti, keyboardist for the legendary Italian prog rock band Goblin. He has teamed with a group of young Roman musicians from the metal scene to...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-09-09)

Soft Machine - Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971

Cover art The challenge for any archivist of the Soft Machine catalog has been to present just what it was like to attend a performance by the classic line-up of Wyatt, Dean, Ratledge, and Hopper. Now with half...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen, Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Travis Larson Band - Rate of Change - Live

Cover art This concert video commemorates The Travis Larson Band’s tenth anniversary. With four studio albums and a ton of touring under their belts they’ve made a name for themselves as purveyors of...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Low Wormwood - We Can't Help Kissing Each Other

Cover art I first heard this band back in 2008, when the Chinese Miniless label released a live set called 五指 (Five Fingers) for free download. The band was credited as 低苦艾 (Di Ku'ai), which...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-06)

Les Anciens - Les Anciens

Cover art Les Anciens is a band made up of several veterans of the fertile Barcelona avant-garde scene. For those with a low tolerance of the noisier tendencies of some avant music, fear not. This music comes...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-07-15)

Salvation - 1st & Gypsy Carnival Caravan

Cover art Among the mainstays of the West coast psychedelic scene in the mid- to late-60s was a jamming unit with a slight country flavor originally called The New Salvation Army Banned. Eventually a certain...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere

Cover art "Standards." This word may conjure up the image of a tired crooner sleepwalking his way through "Fly Me to the Moon" or "Stardust" backed by a bored pianist and a bassist who'd rather be checking his...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-07-05)

White - White

Cover art White brought together two stalwarts of the Beijing underground music scene for some sonic experiments that garnered a fair amount of attention among followers of the Chinese avant-garde (all four of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2012-12-31)

Terje Winther - Electronic Regions

Cover art Electronic Regions is the second solo release from Norwegian synthesist Terje Winther. This is a mammoth electronic undertaking powered by Terje's arsenal of analog synths, step sequencers,...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-06-20)

Tom Baker Quartet - Look What I Found & Save

Cover art Fretless bass guitars have been pretty common since the 70s, but fretless guitar is hardly ever encountered. I suppose that's because guitars are frequently called upon to play chords, and it would be...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-29)

RandomK(e) - Waiting

Cover art It's probably most accurate to call RandomK(e) a Beijing-based band than a Chinese one, as all the members are foreigners living there. Since their start in 2004, the foursome has been one of the acts...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Simon Steensland - Fat Again

Cover art Steensland's is a musical world of sharp edges, intense contrasts, brutal aggression and mysterious beauty all served up in an expressive way that is both challenging and engaging. This makes around...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Sándor Szabó & Kevin Kastning - Parabola

Cover art Like the previous Szabó/Kastning duets, Parabola consists of improvisations utilizing different kinds of acoustic guitar other than the standard variety – 6- and 12- string baritones and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

miRthkon - Vehicle

Cover art Stylistically, miRthkon covers a lot of ground. Led by guitarist/composer Wally Scharold, the band features twin guitar, bass, drums, sax, and clarinet on most songs. The album is a primarily...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 2010-07-01)

Manooghi Hi - Manooghi Hi

Cover art Full disclosure: the members of this band are friends of mine. So it's fortunate I can honestly and wholeheartedly say it's a great CD. If I didn't think so, I'd probably keep quiet about it....  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Moraine - Manifest Density

Cover art Moraine is a new Seattle-based five-piece led by guitarist Dennis Rea (please refer to our feature on Mr. Rea in issue 23 for more background), joined by a rhythm section of bass and drums, plus a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Gutbucket - A Modest Proposal

Cover art This (the band's fourth album) was the first I'd heard of Gutbucket, but it impressed me so that I immediately tracked down their second and third albums (Dry Humping the American Dream and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Katzenjammer Kabarett - Grand Guignol & Variétés

Cover art Their name is German, they sing in English, but they are indeed French. I must have missed this band's 2006 debut, but I guess it's never too late to discover a good thing, and this four-piece...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Basilwink - Bipolar Bliss

Cover art Basilwink is a Milwaukee based project featuring Jeff Marcus (guitars, keyboards, bass, engineering), and Jim Bloedel (percussion, keyboards, loops and effects), and the disc at hand is their fourth...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Level ∏ - Electronic Sheep

Cover art Electronic Sheep is Uwe Cremer’s (aka Level ∏) second release and though firmly rooted in the Teutonic and Berlin-school of electronics, it is quite a departure from Entrance....  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Procosmian Fannyfiddlers - Requiem Fatigue

Cover art Sweet voices and guitars start off the Procosmian Fannyfiddlers eighth CD, Requiem Fatigue. The band calls their style burlesque progressive rock, and that's pretty accurate. The tales told...  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Zoppo Trump - Zoppo Trump

Cover art In the annals of German progressive rock, there are bands that are known by many, some that are known by a few, and some that unfairly never got their chance. Zoppo Trump is one such band. Their mix...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

Govea - Danza Urbana

Cover art This Mexican trio is led by keyboard wizard Salvador Govea, who also handles most of the compositions and arrangements. He is joined by bassist Luis Arturo Guerrero and drummer Victor Baldovinos, the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Bone Cave Ballet - The Echo of Entropy

Cover art "Bone Cave Ballet" — what an evocative name. So many possible interpretations, all of them intriguing. The music itself has a similar quality, with lyrics that catch your imagination without lending...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Yggdrasil - Yggdrasil

Cover art When discussing the rarest of rare titles in the archives of German rock history, this six-piece band from Munich has to be at the top of the scarcity list. Only 10 metal acetate copies of exist of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jean-Philippe Goude - Drones – Here's a welcome reissue indeed! My old cassette of this has done a full tour of duty, I don't think it could've lasted another six months... which is to say, this is one you'll...  (1994) » Read more

Various Artists - Medium Label Sampler – Medium Productions is a low profile label from the UK which represents the work of three former members of Japan. The trio is alternately creative within varying contexts and combinations of...  (2000) » Read more

Paolo Angeli - Plays Frith & Björk - Tessuti – To paraphrase Shakespeare, there are more musics in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your CD collection. Unless you have one of his previous releases, Paolo Angeli is probably an example of...  (2008) » Read more

Jean-Luc Payssan - Pierrots & Arlequins – Jean-Luc Payssan is a familiar name to progressive rock fans as guitarist and founding member (along with brother and keyboard player Thierry) of French progressive rock outfit Minimum Vital. With MV,...  (2007) » Read more

Various Artists - Higher and Higher: A Tribute to the Moody Blues – Given their influence on the genre, the Moody Blues are a great subject for progressive bands to cover and I’m surprised something like this hasn’t already been tried. But leave it to...  (2007) » Read more



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