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Steve Roach - Skeleton Keys

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I know you’re probably saying to yourself – another ambient Steve Roach album? No. Roach hasn’t recorded an album anything like Skeleton Keys in several decades, based...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-20)

Steve Roach - The Skeleton Collection

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A couple years back we reviewed a disc of sequenced modular synth music by Steve Roach titled...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-16)

Various Artists - Side Effects

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Well, the happy little elves at Fruits de Mer have done it again, and vinyl enthusiasts worldwide are salivating in anticipation. Do you remember those juicy LPs from the 70s with side-long tracks?...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-08-15)

Schneider Kacirek - Shadows Documents

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Schneider Kacirek is the German electronic duo of Stefan Schneider (no relation to this author) and Sven Kacirek who, on Shadows Document, meld African rhythms and dark electronica. A...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-01-21)

Opposite Day - Space Taste Race Part 2

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The diversity of Austin’s progressive rock scene continues to amaze me. No two of these bands sound similar. Opposite Day have been around for quite some time and on September 11, 2015 they...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-08)

Amon Ra - We Never Said Good-bye

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This Munich-based group first burst on the scene around 2000, garnering praise for their debut Precarious Balance and securing opening slots for Saga and Jethro Tull. Then while working on...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2017-04-30)

Deborah Martin - Eye of the Wizard

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Inspired by the realms of wizardry and alchemy, Martin’s latest release on Spotted Peccary uncovers a mysterious meeting ground between acoustic music, floating ambient, symphonic sounds and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-01-04)

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma - FRKWYS12: We Know Each Other Somehow

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After first becoming acquainted with Ariel Kalma’s work through the Evolutionary Music collection, which contained odds and ends recorded over a period of several years, it’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-04-17)

John Wetton - Live via Satellite

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With his untimely passing in 2017 there’s been renewed interest in all facets of English musician John Wetton’s career, including his work as a solo artist. From his first solo album...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2017-04-02)

Mark Wingfield - Proof of Light

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I first became aware of guitarist Mark Wingfield through I Walked into the Silver Darkness, a collaboration with acoustic guitar innovator Kevin Kastning, where Wingfield’s tasteful...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-04-28)

Gilligan Smiles - Karmasouptruck

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Back in the 60s, when psychedelic rock first came on the scene in England and the US, it wasn’t long before bands all around the world joined in, though it’s only now, with the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-12)

Ovrfwrd - Fantasy Absent Reason

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Minneapolis-based quartet Ovrfwrd clearly decided to stay the course for the follow-up to their 2014 debut, Beyond the Visible Light. These five instrumentals (clocking in at a comfortable...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2017-03-25)

The Brainiac 5 - Exploding Universe & Space Is the Place

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Listening to Brainiac 5 makes me think of Spock’s IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) philosophy, which goes to show I’m a science fiction geek as much as a music geek....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-21)

Spirit - At Ebbetts Field 1974

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Among the hardest working and most undeservedly underappreciated bands ever, the three-piece Spirit that forged onward following the demise of the original five-piece following the Ode / Epic years...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-19)

Human Ottoman - Farang

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This Oregon trio first came to my attention when they landed on the bill of the Seaprog festival. Their instrumentation is as unusual as their name: cello with effects, drums, and vibraphone with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-03)

Phaedra - Blackwinged Night

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On the strength of its darkness and pensive feelings alone, this one would be a winner; there are a lot of artists in that kind of space, but few quite like Phaedra, a Norwegian trio plus guests...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-10-26)

Fenix Tales - The Abyss Eye

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Fenix Tales is an Italian gothic metal band from Florence, Italy who’ve been around since 2008. They released an EP Confutatis Maledictus in 2014 and their first album The Abyss...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-21)

Lucifer's Friend - Awakening

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Lucifer’s Friend was a collaboration that teamed English singer John Lawton (later of Uriah Heep) with a talented German quartet whose eponymous 1970 debut positioned the group on par with...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-09-01)

Sea Level - Live in Chicago 1977

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While the Allman Brothers Band was taking a long break following Wipe The Windows… in 1976, three members of that band (keyboardist Chuck Leavell, drummer Jaimoe, and bassist Lamar...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-01-29)

Marbin - Aggressive Hippies

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Marbin’s fifth time out captures a live-in-the studio take on an instrumental hybrid of rockin’ jazz rife with great grooves, unforgettable melodies, and tasty rhythms, plus some real...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-11-20)

Various Artists - Kollektion 04: Bureau B Compiled by Richard Fearless

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Richard Fearless, the founder of British electronic band Death in Vegas, has been influenced by a wide range of genres including electronica and Krautrock. So he was a natural choice to curate...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-05)

Sam Coulson - Electric Classical

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The YouTube guitar star who was drafted to replace Steve Howe in Asia has his own album, totally solo, electric guitars only (mostly Stratocasters, with some multi-tracking, of course) covering a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-01-18)

Voices from the Fuselage - Odyssey: The Destroyer of Worlds

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Voices from the Fuselage (VFTF) is a five-piece progressive rock band from the UK formed in 2010 by vocalist Ashe O’Hara, guitarists Mitch Ramsay and Josh Galloway, bassist Dale Gorham, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-24)

Twice Bitten - Late Cut

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Twice Bitten started life in late 1982 at Nottingham University, the duo of Rog Patterson and Greg Smith, both philosophy students, guitarists, and singers, and although the wordsmith of the duo...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-12-28)

Dave Webb - Dalet

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A world of amazing music can be made with only a single electric guitar, aided with a chain of loopers and effects pedals and amps, and Dalet proves that, both on this nine track...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-08)

Dystopia - The Second Dawn

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Most of the time, when I listen to music, I don’t actively think about the intentions of the musicians. I just listen and judge the sounds on their own terms. Only later do I sometimes wonder...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Stratosphere - Aftermath

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Stratosphere (a.k.a. Ronald Mariën) has been evolving his musical craft since the early 90s, starting in a more industrial / experimental area and then gradually moving towards more shimmering...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-12-21)

Chas Smith - Twilight of the Dreamboats

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Even though we are considering only a single piece of music that clocks in at just under 25 minutes, Twilight of the Dreamboats achieves an almost limitless development of floating ambient...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-12-14)

Gustaf Fjelstrom - Intention

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Many will remember ‘Gus’ from his days as the bassist of San Francisco Bay Area instrumental trio Maximum Indifference, where they took the sound palette of classic Hemispheres...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-08-10)

Manna / Mirage - Blue Dogs

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Blue Dogs is essentially a Dave Newhouse band project borne out of some of his own compositions originally intended for a Muffins album, but not so well embraced by other band members,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-08-17)

AeTopus - When

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Washington-based musician Brian Tewell Hughes is back with a full-length follow up to his 2012 EP, Angels and Machines. The good news is that the promise of that earlier offering has been...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2016-11-20)

Wang Wen - Eight Horses

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By now it seems kind of pointless to argue that there is no such genre as “post-rock.” There are way too many bands around the world with too many similarities to not be a thing. Maybe...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-08-15)

After Argument - This Is Not Your Game

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After Argument may not be the easiest Chinese band to get into for listeners who don’t understand the language. The music does rely heavily on the vocals, even to the point of some of them...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-10-09)

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary

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[Note: The following review covers specifically the Tanglewood Live 1970 CD, which is CD3 of the 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition of Bitches...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-09-29)

O.R.k. - Inflamed Rides

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We are now to the point in the history of progressive rock where we might need to add another sub-genre. For decades, we’ve had symphonic rock, progressive metal, neo-progressive, RIO, zeuhl,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-24)

Metallic Taste of Blood - Doctoring the Dead

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Well, if they’re going to use the term “math-rock” on their website, I can use it too, at least for comparison. First, I’d say Metallic Taste of Blood doesn’t sound...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-15)

Erth - b

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It’s taken quite a few listens through b to get a handle on what Erth is all about. For the record, I regard that as a good thing. At times, they lean towards space rock, with bubbly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-09-26)

Filulas Juz - Astralopithecus

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At barely two minutes in length, the opener “Mariner” sets the tone for the whole album at hand. This is an impressive instrumental jazz-rock unit featuring drums (Adriano Morales is an...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-09-04)

Ümit! - The Spirit of Ümit!

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After three EPs of gloomy, heavy rock with vocals (which I confess to have never having heard, going only on second hand reports), Ümit! has shown a completely different, more relaxed and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-08-28)

Various Artists - Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales

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With the third installment of their Romantic Warriors documentaries, filmmakers José Zegarra Holder and Adele Schmidt delve into the rich, somewhat confusing, and vaguely defined...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-05)

Magma - Slag Tanz

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Finally we get some more new music from one of the finest bands from any planet anywhere in the known universe, this time released on the Jazz Village label instead of their usual Seventh Records...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-08)

Standing Ovation - Gravity Beats Nuclear

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Gravity Beats Nuclear starts out much like Standing Ovation’s previous album, with a short, delicate instrumental piece followed by a melodic progressive metal song. At its base, the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-08-26)

Sanguine Hum - Now We Have Light

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In the years since its genesis (ahem!) in the 80s, the term “neo-prog” has taken on a meaning that’s pretty highly codified, with a style adapting some of the qualities of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-26)

Greg Lake - Greg Lake / Manoeuvers

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By the dawn of the 80s, after ELP had run its course and called it a day, singer, guitarist and bassist Greg Lake, now a man without a band, was searching for a new direction. As a general rule,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-07-25)

Dreadnaught - Have a Drink & Gettin' Tight with Dreadnaught

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Rather than push out another full-length album to follow up 2007’s High Heat & Chin Music, American prog rock trio Dreadnaught have opted to keep fans occupied with a pair of EPs...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2016-07-22)

Ashby - Fragmental

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This German band got its start in 2011, and like the majority of recent progressive bands, there’s more than a little metal in their sound, courtesy of Jan Göpelt’s guitar. Joel...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-07-15)

Wired Minds - Saudade

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This Chicago band has a somewhat different take on psychedelic rock than many of the band’s we’ve covered here. Rather than (or in addition to) being inspired by 60s bands,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-07-12)

The Keith Emerson Trio - The Keith Emerson Trio

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Fans of the late, great Keith Emerson are familiar with his jazzy piano explorations on songs like “Take a Pebble” or “Hang on to a Dream.” But here is evidence of his...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2016-07-03)

Various Artists - Fashion: Songs Written by David Bowie

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This year’s Fruits de Mer Club’s member freebie is a set of David Bowie cover songs. Conceived and recorded months prior to Bowie’s untimely death this past January,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-02-21)

Streetwalkers - I'm Walking: Complete Streetwalkers 1974-77

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Out of the ashes of the Brit prog band Family arose the Streetwalkers. Ditching the quirky subtlety of Family, vocalist Roger Chapman and guitarist Charlie Whitney aimed for mainstream rock with a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-02-07)

Minimum Vital - Pavanes

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Every new release by these guys has some big surprises, yet it’s instantly identifiable as Minimum Vital – they are a band with a unique sound regardless of how large (the big six-piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-05)

Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell - The Celestial Squid

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The first collaboration between these two sonic innovators brings us a spirited brain twisting guitar freakout of the highest order with a full-on jazz-rock ensemble in attendance. Henry Kaiser is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-03-09)

Nik Turner - Space Fusion Odyssey

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With Space Fusion Odyssey, Nik Turner shows us a different side of his musical interest. Let’s look back to the heady early days of jazz fusion, when many jazz artists adopted...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-06-24)

Phil Haynes - Sanctuary

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Haynes is a drummer and composer, primarily known as a sideman, featured on dozens and dozens of jazz releases over the years, and in addition is the leader of No Fast Food, a saxophone trio with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-06-21)

Orymus - Miracles

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This one came out last year and seems to have slipped by without getting much attention, which is a shame because it’s a really solid release. This Swiss band has a sound based heavily on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-06-20)

Zhaoze - Intoxicatingly Lost

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With Intoxicatingly Lost, Trail Records gives Guangzhou’s Zhaoze their most prominent international release to date. This collection contains four tracks from 2015’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-06-12)

Spirits Burning - Starhawk

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On this latest offering by Spirits Burning there are nearly fifty musicians, vocalists, and writers involved in the proceedings, most only on a track or a few but that’s still a lot of talent...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-05-10)

Downes Braide Association - Suburban Ghosts

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Everything old is new again, and this time the wayback machine is set to the early 80s sound of The Buggles, courtesy of former Buggle Geoff Downes and English musician / producer Chris Braide....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2016-05-21)

Andrija Pejović - Chameleon

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The guitar is the dominant instrument in modern music, so there’s no use complaining about “another guitarist’s album.” There are so many outstanding guitarists around the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-05-22)

La Fabbrica dell'Assoluto - 1984: L'Ultimo Uomo d'Europa

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1984: L'Ultimo Uomo d’Europa is an Orwellian rock opera composed and performed by the new Italian progressive band La Fabbrica dell’Assoluto. Quite an undertaking for the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-20)

Stick Men+ - Midori

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Stick Men has been a very busy band of late, somehow managing to tour extensively in spite of the other work all three band members do outside the trio. Keeping track of all the different projects...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-05-17)

Greg Lake & Geoff Downes - Ride the Tiger

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Fans of Asia may recall a period when Greg Lake replaced John Wetton on bass and vocals for a 1983 Japanese tour. His tenure was short, though it did allow Lake and keyboard player Geoff Downes to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2016-05-16)

Landskap - II

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The British band Landskap released their first two albums on Bandcamp in January and November 2014 respectively, both as free downloads. In 2015 Black Widow Records reissued the second album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-15)

Leontine - The Tide

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If I wrote reviews for a website with a narrow stylistic focus, I probably would have given up long ago. But the fact that I end up listening to everything from classic progressive rock reissues to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-05-08)

Billy Sherwood - Collection

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Compilations are often a good way to sample a musician or band’s work and decide if further investigation is worthwhile. That’s the case with this release from versatile progressive...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2016-05-09)

Julius Paolo Lazzeri - Gothic Power

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Julius Paolo Lazzeri is the fiery virtuoso organist with the Italian neo-progressive band Three Monks. Gothic Power is his latest solo effort, and what an apt name for this album. The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-11)

Il Ballo delle Castagne - Soundtrack for an Unreleased Herzog Movie

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Il Ballo delle Castagne is an Italian band formed in 2007 by two musicians from different musical backgrounds: Vinz Aquarian (lyrics and vocals) and Marco Garegnani (keyboards, guitar, sitar, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-07)

Juha Kujanpää Ensemble - Kultasiipi - Goldwing

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Juha Kujanpää’s debut album was one of the gems of 2013, a refreshing jewel of lovely arrangements and catchy melodies combining folk, jazz, rock, and classical styles seamlessly....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-19)

Stephen Duros - Aeaea

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Duros is best known as a flamenco guitarist, though he has clearly developed his own take on the style, incorporating elements of blues, gypsy, jazz, Arab music, and pop, and on this concept album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-05-02)

Gong - Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy

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On October 30, 2015, Charly Records reissued Gong’s three Radio Gnome LPs (Flying Teapot, Angels Egg, and You) as both a 3-LP box set and a 4-CD hardback book. Each...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-02-03)

Riccardo Sinigaglia - Watertube / Ringspiel

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Originally released in 1985 as a cassette on the ADN Tapes label, this was Sinigaglia’s first solo release after having been a member of the experimental world music trio Futuro Antico. The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-04-29)

Rendezvous Point - Solar Storm

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In many ways, Dream Theater can be seen as the prototypical progressive metal band. While they didn’t invent the genre single-handedly, they largely defined the template that persists to this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-05-01)

Goad - The Silent Moonchild

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Goad is an Italian progressive band with a long history dating back to the late 70s. The Rossi brothers, Gianni and Maurilio, formed the band in Florence and did not release their first album until...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-03)

Djam Karet - Swamp of Dreams

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It had to happen sooner or later. Since their earliest days, Djam Karet has always been on the front lines, contributing otherwise unreleased works to various compilations around the world, and now...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-12-02)

Elephant9 with Reine Fiske - Silver Mountain

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The Norwegian trio Elephant9 had been around for about ten years now, nominally working in the jazz-rock sphere with a number of previous releases on the Rune Grammofon label. The original trio...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-04-25)

Elisa Montaldo - Fistful of Planets, Part 1

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Italian keyboardist and mastermind behind Il Tempio delle Clessidre, Elisa Montaldo has released her first solo album, Fistful of Planets - Part 1. If you are expecting more of the vintage...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-04-30)

Ochion Jewell Quartet - Volk

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Saxophonist Ochion Jewell’s newest quartet recording is a fascinating, wide-ranging affair that encompasses source material as diverse as folk music from Finland, Ireland, Ukraine, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-04-20)

We Stood Like Kings - USSR 1926

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This is my first encounter with Belgian band We Stood Like Kings. Apparently their first release, Berlin 1927, was intended to accompany the 1927 silent film Berlin: Die Sinfonie der...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-13)

Halma - Granular

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The genre that’s come to be called post-rock has a pronounced fondness of tempos in the slow to medium range, even to the point where a style has cropped up called “slow-core.” In...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-04-17)

Jono el Grande - Melody of a Muddled Mason

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The Norwegian guitarist, keyboardist, composer, bandleader, and conductor (not necessarily in that order) Jono el Grande released his first album in 1999, and Melody of a Muddled Mason is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-04-12)

Green Isac Orchestra - Green Isac Orchestra

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Those who have followed Green Isac from ther very beginnings – the Strings & Pottery album from 1991 – have witnessed plenty of growth and evolution over the last 25 years,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-03-07)

Deborah Martin - Under the Moon

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An album based on the twilight-to-dawn theme, Deborah Martin’s Under the Moon shines with an impressionistic delicacy supported by a lush backdrop of multi-synths, textural electric...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Chronotope Project - Dawn Treader

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Somewhere along the road between floating ambient electronic sounds and deep mystical audio imagery one can find rich spaces of solitude imbued with shimmering sonic beauty, where meta-stillness...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-09-28)

Howard Givens & Craig Padilla - Life Flows Water

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The dreamlike whirl of Tibetan bowls, occasionally punctuated by bells in the beginning of the first cut “Opening to a New Perspective” sets the stage for all that follows in this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-07-28)

Numina + Zero Ohms - Broken Stars through Brilliant Clouds

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At hand, a floating soundtrack to mysterious dreams, a journey through deep space, or a walk on a pillow of clouds down the endless spiral of consciousness along the translucent fence. Will I ever...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-11)

Paul Ellis - Moth in Flames

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Pulsing colors and floating daydreams. Ellis’ compositions reach out in new directions, informed by both Berlin electronics and drifting minimalist ambient realms, bringing both together in a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-04-08)

Chui Wan - Chui Wan

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This Beijing band’s debut was a reverb-drenched psychedelic space journey, moody and – for a Chinese band – uncharacteristically trippy. At times, their sophomore album sounds...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-04-03)

Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings II

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With their first album, the Southern California band Perfect Beings set a very high bar for themselves, with a sophisticated take on modern progressive rock superbly informed by the genre’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-04-02)

Greg Segal - Beauty Sleep

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In the 80s, Greg Segal was a guitarist in the legendary Paper Bag, recording a number of cassettes and vinyl releases for the underground SST label, some of the best known being Ticket to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-11-13)

Alfahanne - Blod Eld Alfa

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This Swedish band is related to the black metal scene, but they bring in a lot of elements from other styles as well. If they’ didn’t, Exposé probably wouldn’t be...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-03-25)

Micha Schellhaas - Double Take

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There’s a long tradition of non-American guitarists making a pilgrimage of sorts to the United States to get in touch with some of the roots of their instrument. German guitarist Micha...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-03-21)

Koko - Koko

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Lest we forget that there is a virtually endless number of ways to push the boundaries of rock, this fairly recently formed Viennese band comes along to try something I, at least, haven’t...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-03-20)

Subterranean Masquerade - The Great Bazaar

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If pressed for a stylistic label for Subterranean Masquerade, progressive metal is a good starting point, but like many Swedish and Norwegian bands with that background, there’s a lot more...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-03-13)

Palindrum - Palindrum

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Sao Paulo based quartet Palindrum formed in 2010 around musical director Dyonisio Moreno, who composes and arranges their music, but doesn’t actually perform in the group. Their unusual sound...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-03-11)

Le Rex - Wild Man

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There’s one trend in music around the world that I’m really enjoying these days: the proliferation of groups with unconventional instrumentation, specifically combinations lacking...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-03-09)

Pixel - Golden Years

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If you think you had this Norwegian quartet all figured out based on their two earlier Cuneiform releases Reminder (2012) and We Are All Small Pixels (2014), better think again....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-03-05)

Circuline - Return

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For newcomers to reading Exposé, it’s worth noting that for much of the first ten years of our existence, our reviewers devoted a lot of ink to writing negative things about...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-03-02)

Amarok - Hayat Yolunda (Path of Life)

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It’s been around eight years since we’ve heard anything really new from Amarok, one of Spain’s finest progressive bands going all the way back to the early 90s. The last release...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-02-24)

Masahiro Shimba / Bill Laswell - Dubopera

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This is far from the first time that Classical opera music has been adapted for modern ears, but it is not simply Pagliacci with a disco beat. Producer Bill Laswell has teamed up with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-23)

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

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McLatchey's Top Tier #5

This one's on a lot of peoples' lists for good reasons. First time I heard it I didn't even like it, but most great albums are growers,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-06-11)

Thieves' Kitchen - The Clockwork Universe

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As a Thieves’ Kitchen newbie, listening to The Clockwork Universe starts out as a game of Spot-the-Influence: a bit of Yes here, Renaissance there, Änglagård now, Genesis...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-20)

All These Fallen Trees - This Is Where We Are

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Sometimes you just have to throw analysis out the window and say, “I enjoy listening to it.” This Spanish band plays what might be called “mainstream post-rock,” by which I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-03-04)

Rich Halley 4 - Eleven

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Once you get outside the confines of mainstream jazz (and I won’t get into the argument about whether much of it really qualifies as jazz at all), there’s a rich variety of creative...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-27)

Astolfo sulla Luna - Ψ²

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The noise part of the stylistic description (the band is labelled "math-noise rock") is pretty obvious from the first moments of Ψ², with overdriven bass and guitar...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-17)

SimakDialog - Live at Orion

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Since I first heard this Indonesian band a number of years ago, they’ve been one of those groups that it seems I should like, but just never quite connected in the right way. I always admired...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-04-05)

Yagull - Kai

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Yagull released an album a few years back called Films that sounded nothing like this one, more of a chamber-rock driven event, so I won’t dwell on it here; this is like a whole new...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-02-08)

Thinking Plague - In This Life

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Here in the West Wing of Exposé Headquarters (AKA my house), Thinking Plague occupies a place of honor as the preeminent American avant-prog band, their reputation tainted only...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-15)

Thee Jezebels - Black Book

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Assaulting your ears from the south east coast of England is The Jezebels, a new all-girl rock n roll trio. Decked out in leather jackets, these three “biker chicks,” fueled by garage,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-04-18)

Steve Roach - Alive in the Vortex & Vortex Immersion Zone

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These two releases came out late in 2015 pretty much concurrently on Roach’s own Timeroom Editions label, and although the titles seem similar, the origins of the two are very different....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-02-08)

Steve Roach - Alive in the Vortex & Vortex Immersion Zone

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These two releases came out late in 2015 pretty much concurrently on Roach’s own Timeroom Editions label, and although the titles seem similar, the origins of the two are very different....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-02-08)

Lee Michaels - The Complete A&M Album Collection

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What could be more intense than a great singer and songwriter powered instrumentally only by the mighty Hammond organ and drums? For a major chunk of his recorded career and most of his live dates,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-02-05)

Serpentyne - Myths and Muses

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I really like this album and it may be my favorite 2015 release to date. Serpentyne is a breath of fresh air that leaves a smile on your face. Serpentyne is an energetic band that has combined...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-25)

Cuts - Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper

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When you operate in a genre that can fairly be called Free Noise, you know you’re not going to be topping any sales charts (except possibly a chart that includes only Free Noise artists)....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-05-02)

Slobber Pup - Pole Axe

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Not so long ago, we encountered Jamie Saft (keyboards) and Joe Morris (guitar) in The Spanish Donkey; for...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-11)

The Spanish Donkey - Raoul

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Raoul and his donkey walk along a dusty road under the searing Spanish sun. Raoul thinks he’s the boss — after all, he’s the human, and the donkey is, well, just a donkey. But...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-03)

Hats off Gentlemen It's Adequate - When the Kill Code Fails

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Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate (HOGIA), what a mouthful and what an oddball band name! HOGIA is led by Malcolm Galloway, singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist, part-time...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-02-12)

Hats off Gentlemen It's Adequate - When the Kill Code Fails

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Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate, in addition to having an unusual (and awkward) name, have an unusual modus operandi – which some listeners might also find awkward. When...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-12)

Rhys Marsh - The Black Sun Shining

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Over the course of seven warm summer days last July, Rhys wrote and recorded the seven songs on his new release The Black Sun Shining. Though the seven tracks are all songs, they are...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-02-10)

The New Trocaderos - Thrills & Chills

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In the closing sentence of my review of their six-song EP Frenzy In The Hips, I said...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-02-01)

Taylor's Universe - Across the Universe: An Introduction to Taylor's Universe

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Robin Taylor has quite the body of work. Each new album builds on his previous work and adds new elements. And that brings us to the new Taylor’s Universe album, Across the Universe....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-01-25)

Flor de Loto - Medusa - En Vivo en Buenos Aires

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Recorded live at Sala Alcatraz in Buenos Aires in November 2014, this documents the Peruvian septet's live show, drawing material from their second album Madre Tierra going forward to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-01-29)

Julian Julien - Terre II

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With Terre II, French composer Julian Julien operates in similar territory to Juha Kujanpää,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-06)

Crystal Jacqueline - Winter Deep

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This past fall saw the release of Crystal Jacqueline’s first CD single from her 2015 solo album Rainflower. There are three songs on this CDEP: “Winter Deep” from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-01-31)

Richard Pinhas - Chronolyse

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By this point in time in early 2016, saying that Richard Pinhas is an artist of many facets is a pretty obvious observation. Just glance through the reviews listed on his artist page, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-30)

Taylor's Universe - Across the Universe: An Introduction to Taylor's Universe

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Interesting concept here. Across The Universe is billed as “An introduction to Taylor’s Universe,” and I would agree that for a band with fourteen full length releases to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-01-25)

Endless Tapes - Brilliant Waves

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Endless Tapes is a collaboration between Porcupine Tree’s bassist Colin Edwin and drummer / multi-instrumentalist Alessandro "Petrol" Pedretti. Two years ago Colin and Petrol sat...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-01-27)

Dirk Serries - Disorientation Flow

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The artist formerly known as vidnaObmana has returned to his floating ambient style on this follow-up to his 2014 release The Origin Reversal. Serries has created a reflective and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-01-22)

Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces - Green

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With the third of their “RGB” series (after Blue and

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-26)

Leo Abrahams - Daylight

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Much of the music that appears on the pop charts these days should probably be credited to the producer(s) rather than the singer whose picture is on the cover. The sounds heard are assembled on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-24)

Leo Abrahams - Daylight

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I did not know what to expect from this new album by producer and guitarist Leo Abrahams. Over the years he has worked with artists such as Brian Eno, Pulp, Roxy Music, and Anthony and the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-01-24)

Church of Hed - The Autumn Shrine

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The fourth Church of Hed release is this 22 minute three-track EP that kicks off with the amazing three-part title track which seems to channel Phaedra era Tangerine Dream with a side...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-01-18)

Gurguburek - Old Postcards

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There seems to be a burgeoning international boom in improvisational music augmented by electronics, either live processing or after the fact. It ranges from the noisy like

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-17)

Uriah Heep - Totally Driven

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My history with Uriah Heep goes back to Demons and Wizards. Memory is hazy, but I might very well have bought the LP on a whim based on the

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-16)

Sonny Sharrock - Ask the Ages

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Sonny Sharrock’s 1991 album Ask the Ages: 1) Is one of the greatest jazz guitar albums of all time; 2) Is one of the best jazz albums of the 90s; 3) Is a compelling balance between...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-13)

Andy Powell with Colin Harper - Eyes Wide Open

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Skipping to the end, collaborator Colin Harper says in his closing notes that the intention was to produce a book that would not only be of interest to hardcore Wishbone Ash fans, a group which may...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-15)

Sultans of String with Anwar Kurshid - Subcontinental Drift

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One of the most fertile of possible futures in music involves fusions of well known popular western forms (jazz, rock, folk, etc.) and the music of various cultures around the world – with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-01-11)

Various Artists - Weasels Re-Ripped

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Even with his tragically young death, Frank Zappa had a career that spanned many phases, from the early experiments with avant-garde doo-wop to computerized music. Lately I’ve been enjoying...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-07)

Gentle Giant - Octopus (Expanded Edition)

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With Octopus, Gentle Giant truly came into their own as a progressive powerhouse with a style all their own. Three Friends was great, but once its successor came out, it was clear...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-05)

Martin Turner - Written in the Stars

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Since around 2005 the original Wishbone Ash bassist and lead singer, along with his band (occasionally involving other original members) have been touring, and along the way released several CDs as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-01-08)

Michael Padilla - Atmospheres (Ambient Works Vol. 1)

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Front man for the US neo-psych band The Soft Bombs, Michael Padilla, stretches his musical muscles by recording a full album of ambient music. This music is so out of character for Fruits de Mer...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-01-10)

Cabezas de Cera - Musica en Escala de Grises

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CdC has never been a band to shortchange their listeners on packaging – I’m sure many will remember their first CD, which came packaged with a wooden jigsaw puzzle. Here we have a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-12-28)

Ossicles - Music for Wastelands

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When a band produces a debut album as good as Ossicles did with Mantelpiece, there’s a very real possibility that a second album will slip in quality, the dreaded (and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-09)

Akiko's Cosmo Space - Julähsica to This Wonderful Day

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Those who know Akiko Takahashi only from her role as drummer in various incarnations of the Japanese instrumental keyboard-heavy trio Ars Nova may be in for a big surprise on this, the first...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-01-02)

Ovrfwrd - Fantasy Absent Reason

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Progressive rock is my musical comfort food. When done right, it takes me back to some of the first music I heard that really captivated me. And just like the dishes that may be your comfort food,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-23)

Jack Ellister - Tune up Your Ministers and Start Transmission from Pool Holes to Class O Hypergiants

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Friends of the Fish is a Fruits de Mer side label for FdM artists to release their own music. In the present case Jack Ellister, an FdM artist who has appeared on several FdM releases over the past...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-01-01)

Jack Ellister - Tune up Your Ministers and Start Transmission from Pool Holes to Class O Hypergiants

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From the cover art and title, you’d probably guess Tune up Your Ministers and Start Transmission from Pool Holes to Class O Hypergiants is a psychedelic album – it is on Fruits...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-01)

Ex Norwegian / Permanent Clear Light - Friends of the Fish (America Meets Finland)

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To close out the year, Keith Jones decided to release a limited edition of 50 lathe cut copies of a 7-inch single. The A-side contains a cover of String Driven Thing’s “It’s a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-01-03)

Ovrfwrd - Fantasy Absent Reason

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Fantasy Absent Reason is the second release by this prog rock instrumental band from Minneapolis. The four bandmates continue down the path they blazed with 2014’s Beyond the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-12-25)

El Tubo Elástico - El Tubo Elástico

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On their first recording, this Spanish quartet certainly sounds like a band that’s been playing and recording together for a long time. Perhaps they have been and just remained underground...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-12-30)

Vincent Priceless - Black Light Revival

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With a name like Vincent Priceless, you know not to expect something too serious. But what you actually should expect is a harder question. Black Light Revival could indicate a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-29)

Slivovitz - All You Can Eat

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Slivovitz on their fourth album presents a mega-buffet of brilliant compositions, memorable melodies, and refined complex arrangements. The Italian based seven-piece offers an all-instrumental...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-12-26)

Daniel Barbiero / Cristiano Bocci - Nostos

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For this collaborative outing, Cristiano Bocci, who is a bass player, left the bass playing almost entirely to Daniel Barbiero. Bocci provides all manner of electronic processing to the sounds that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-24)

Barton Rage / Bill Laswell - Realm I

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Polish-born musician Barton Rage launches his proposed series of collaborative recordings with this digital release on M.O.D. Technologies. This meeting of the generations (Rage was born in the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-23)

Vinnie Moore - Aerial Visions

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Guitarist Vinnie Moore has a string of solo albums going back to the 80s, when he emerged as one of that decade’s crop of super-dextrous players, along with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-22)

Andrew Endres Collective - Desolation

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On the jazz axis that runs from totally traditional, standard material on one end (let’s call it post-bop for convenience) to more modern sounds (think of the kind of jazz on Cuneiform) on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-20)

Premature Burial - The Conjuring

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Reading our recent interview with Morgan Fisher, I was struck by his remarks about...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-19)

Brian Woodbury & His Popular Music Group - Pay Attention

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It’s one thing to have that exceptional ability to fuse humor and witty lyrics to great music – Zappa, 10cc, Ray Stevens, Weird Al (though rightly, Yankovic’s material would more...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-10-03)

Adam Rudolph / Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra - Turning towards the Light

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When it comes to Adam Rudolph’s music, I really need to stop having any expectations. His recent Hu Vibrational release featured a battery of percussionists playing music more spacey than...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-18)

Panther & C. - L'Epoca di un Altro

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There is not a whole lot of information available on the Internet about this band from Genoa, Italy. Their Facebook page does not provide much information. I do not believe that this is their debut...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-12-16)

Raoul Björkenheim / Ecstasy - Out of the Blue

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Over the last few years, I’ve grown increasingly disillusioned with most of what passes for jazz these days. Given the monumental achievements of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-15)

nick nicely - London South

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The final single coming from nick’s 2014 Space of a Second album is London South. nick is known for his heavily processed lo-fi approach to neo-psychedlia. His new single...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-12-14)

Errata Corrige - Siegfried, il Drago e Altre Storie (2015 Version)

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In 1976, an obscure band from Turin, Italy privately released a very rare LP, Siegfried, il drago e altre storie. The band broke up in 1975 before the release and member Marco Cimino went...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-12-12)

Bob Albanese - Time Remembered

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In relation to the broad streams of jazz, pianist Bob Albnaese fits into a fairly traditional post-bop style, the territory occupied by Bill Evans or Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock when...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-06)

Animation - Machine Language

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Storytelling and music have been combined for so long that it’s impossible to say who first had the idea to tell a story with music. Maybe that was the original purpose of music – who...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-19)

Arabs in Aspic - Victims of Your Father's Agony

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Norwegian band Arabs in Aspic released their sixth album this past spring, an effort taking almost two years. Victim of Your Father’s Agony presents more 70s-influenced hard prog...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-12-09)

Bing and Ruth - City Lake (Expanded Edition)

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I first encountered this ensemble with their 2014 release Tomorrow Was the Golden Age, and now RVNG has re-released their previous effort, City Lake, originally from 2010. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-08)

Spettri - 2973: La Nemica dei Ricordi

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In the heyday of Italian prog rock there was an obscure band from Florence, Spettri, who released a one-off album in 1972. Their

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-12-07)

Delirium - L'Era della Menzogna

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Today’s Italian prog rock scene consists of young bands as well as a rejuvenation of bands from the 70s. Delirium is an example of the latter, forming in 1970 and releasing their first LP in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-12-05)

Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl - We Are Not the First

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I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Sun Ra’s music lately, and can’t help making a connection with this release from Hieroglyphic Being and J.I.T.U. Ahn-sahm-buhl. Just as Ra...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-04)

Dave Cousins - Moving Pictures

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This is a heartwarming set from Strawbs main man Dave Cousins’ only solo tour of the USA, recorded at The Kent Stage, Kent, Ohio on March 15th 2008. There were other dates, but apparently...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-11-30)

Church of Hed - Electric Sepulcher

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Paul Williams is the drummer, synthesist, and producer of Quarkspace, but with that band now seemingly in hiatus (their next regular album was supposed to be released in 2010, but never was,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-11-28)

Ángel Ontalva - Tierra Quemada

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Like a compelling collection of eight instrumental introspective dream sequences, the latest offering from October Equus guitarist Ángel Ontalva has an absolute cinematic quality that offers...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-11-25)

Petrina - Roses of the Day

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After the outstanding avant-pop of Petrina in 2013, Debora Petrina takes her music in a different...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-27)

Mike Oldfield - The Space Move: The Original Soundtrack

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Some movie soundtracks work as free-standing music apart from the visuals, but there are others that are so integrated with their movies that taking them out of that context doesn’t provide a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-29)

Bon - Traces of Chaos

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The soulful and bluesy “Gypsy King” from Bon Lozaga’s latest release manages to capture the essence of Band of Gypsies era Hendrix and fuse it the technical mastery of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-11-23)

Crystal Jacqueline - Rainflower

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Each new release from Crystal Jacqueline shows an artist who continues to grow and mature. And it has been a joy to witness this through her various Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo albums. This May saw...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-08)

Pink Octopus - Metamorphosis (Phase 1: Obtaining Instrumentalism)

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Jonathan Louis Huffman is back with his second Pink Octopus production, this time a purely instrumental affair. He is aided in his efforts by a kick-butt rhythm section consisting of drummer Ian...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-18)

Blackmore's Night - All Our Yesterdays

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Anyone not familiar with this band certainly should be; there’s a lot here to appreciate on many levels. This is a six-piece band led by singer / woodwind player Candice Night and guitarist /...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-11-16)

Level Pi - This Burning Part of Me

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The latest Level π (aka Uwe Cremer) release is somewhat of a departure from Uwe’s previous work. Uwe has gone back to his roots and drawn inspiration from the likes of Bauhaus, Sisters of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-10)

Randy Brecker - RandyPop!

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It’s pretty much impossible to comprehend the number of albums that trumpeter Randy Brecker has appeared on. Discogs.com lists...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-22)

Merry Go Round - Merry Go Round

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The core members of the Italian band Merry Go Round trace their roots back to the 80s to the Storks and Standarte. In 2012 they added a second guitarist and a female vocalist to form Merry Go Round...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-21)

Open Space Quartet - Suite N. 2 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio - Claude Bolling

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The Open Space Quartet is a free improvisational band with Carlo Bordini (drums) and Pino Sallusti (contrabass) from the reformed Cherry Five accompanied by Cinzia Gizzi (piano) and Iolanda Zignani...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-17)

The Kettering Vampires - Perform Nico & the Velvet Underground

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Everybody knows the story of the Velvet Underground, one of the quintessential examples of a band that got minimal attention in its own time, but achieved legendary status after breaking up. Many...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-15)

Cherry Five - Il Pozzo dei Giganti

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In 1976, a mysterious group released an Italian prog album. Cherry Five, then part of the well-known Goblin, had recorded the songs in 1974 and that release rapidly achieved cult status. Now 40...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-14)

Lloyd Cole - 1D

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You may be familiar with pop rocker Lloyd Cole from his singer songwriter days with his band The Commotions in the late 80s. Absolutely none of that will prepare you for his new album of analog...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-03)

Tom Dyer's New Pagan Gods - History of Northwest Rock Vol. 1 1959-1968

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When it comes to garage/psych revivals, there’s more to investigate than just Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo, which we’ve covered so much of. Up in Seattle, there’s Green Monkey...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-09)

IWKC - Evil Bear Boris

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IWKC is an acronym for I Will Kill Chita, a joke resulting from past tensions between the Samarin brothers Nikita (drums and percussion) and Nikolai (keyboards and bass). They formed IWKC in 2008...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-08)

Jack Mazzenga - Acoustic a la Mode

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Frets are for wimps. Guitar? Banjo? Mandolin? We don’t need no stinkin’ frets! Guitarist Jack Mazzenga returns with Acoustic a la Mode, which treads somewhat different...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-02)

Vederkast - Northern Gothic

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It’s probably unfair to call Vederkast a progressive metal band, as their music resembles some of the heavier Scandinavian progressive bands (say, Anekdoten or Qoph) more than they do...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-07)

Brinsley Schwarz - Live Favourites

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Brinsley Schwarz were a Brit pub band from the early 70s, named after lead guitarist Brinsley Schwarz, but mostly known for their bassist Nick Lowe, who went on to considerable success as a solo...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-06)

The Chewers - Dead Dads

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If you’re familiar with The Residents, I could probably say The Chewers are along the same lines, and you’ll know both what to expect and whether you’re likely to enjoy their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-04)

Anderson Ponty Band - Better Late Than Never

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Conceptually, the combination of Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty provides a kind of satisfaction for those of us who listened to both progressive rock and jazz fusion in the 70s. Certainly Yes and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-30)

Dwiki Dharmawan - So Far So Close

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Moonjune is never short on surprises when it comes to introducing outstanding jazz-rock acts from Indonesia, and keyboardist and composer Dwiki Dharmawan is just the latest of many, with So Far...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-10-31)

Various Artists - A Séance at Syd’s

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On July 11, 2015 Mega Dodo released a limited edition (100 copies) package containing two CDs filled with music by many of the bands debuted by Fruits de Mer over the years and a 288 page hard...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-01)

Anderson Ponty Band - Better Late Than Never

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Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty had crossed paths over the years and finally decided to collaborate in 2014, culminating with a concert in Aspen, Colorado that was filmed and recorded (a la...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-10-30)

ZX+ - Don't Drink the Water

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Stephen Evans, AKA ZX+, is another new musician who I first encountered via FdM. He had a crazed cover of Syd Barrett’s "Jugband Blues" on last year's compilation A...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-27)

David Udell - Orchids

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Some may remember David Udell from the St. Louis 80s art-rock band Wax Theatricks (changing their name from Earwacks before that), or from his time with the avant-pop group Delay Tactics with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-10-23)

The Aaron Clift Experiment - Outer Light, Inner Darkness

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Well, apparently, there’s still more life in the old beast we call Progressive Rock. Aaron Clift and his cohorts have a take on music that has no hints of Neo-Prog, doesn’t really sound...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-17)

Hands - Caviar Bobsled

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Once a band has worked together long enough, a number of different things can happen, one of which is that their material and playing style tend to follow similar patterns one album to the next,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-10-18)

Various Artists - EurNoVision

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Compilations are a great way for getting exposed to new bands and a wider variety of music. EurNoVision is a compilation presenting 20 tracks by 20 underground bands from 20 different...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-24)

The Aaron Clift Experiment - Outer Light, Inner Darkness

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The latest album from Austin’s little secret, The Aaron Clift Experiment, has hit the streets and what a gem it is! Aaron is an intelligent, literate, and consummate composer. Outer...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-17)

Cary Grace - Tygerland

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My first encounter with Cary Grace was her cover of Pink Floyd’s “Cirrus Minor” on FdM’s 2014 compilation

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-20)

Burnside & Hooker - All the Way to the Devil

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Up on the banner of the Exposé website, it may say “Exploring the boundaries of rock,” but that’s obviously an oversimplification of our mission. We explore all...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-25)

Ou - Scrambled!

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I happen to live in the same part of Seattle as Amy Denio, so we bump into each other from time to time. Not long ago, we happened to see each other at the local record store, where a mutual...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-21)

Landmarq - Roadskill - Live in the Netherlands

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Roadskill captures British neo-prog veterans Landmarq on stage in the Netherlands promoting 2012’s Entertaining Angels. This is a band that has flown under a lot of...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-10-16)

Us & Them - Summer Green and Autumn Brown

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After a string of EPs and compilation appearances on Fruits de Mer, Swedish duo Us and Them release a full album’s worth of original tunes, Summer Green and Autumn Brown. Both the LP...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-13)

Praxis - Sound Virus

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Sacrifist (1993) and Metatron (1994) stand as a pinnacle (or nadir, in some opinions) of the cross-fertilization between brutal heavy rock and the avant-garde. And while other...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-14)

Sonar - Black Light

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One might marvel at the precise mathematical rhythms driven by drummer Manuel Pasquinelli and the band’s three guitarists (Stephan Thelen, guitar and primary composer, Bernhard Wagner,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-10-11)

Intelligent Music Project III - Touching the Divine

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I’m always saying “Quality is independent of genre,” and I believe it’s true that quality can be found in any style of music. Dr. Milen Vrabevski is a Bulgarian composer and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-28)

Ossicles - Mantelpiece

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To a certain extent, Ossicles could be considered another example of my new genre (see the previous O.R.k....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-12)

Paul Hayworth - Phantom Nomad

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This spring Paul Hayworth released the fourth chapter, Phantom Nomad, of the musical quadrilogy he began in 2013 with Ultra Violet, Terrania, and Export. Paul is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-10)

Brett Cimbalik + Brad Fritcher - Sunrider

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Over the years since jazz and electronics first crossed paths (thank you, Miles Davis, wherever you are), artists have come up with a wide variety of ways to do that combination, from using...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-09)

Stereo Total - Yéyé Existentialiste

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Stereo Total, for those of us who do not know, is the Berlin-based French-German duo of Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring. They have a string of albums dating back to 1995 and their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-07)

Gentleman Surfer - Gold Man

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The laws of supply and demand tell us that as the supply of something increases, its value tends to go down unless the demand also increases. I suppose the demand per person of music would be...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-06)

Dennis Rea - Live at the Forbidden City

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Dennis Rea is a Seattle area guitarist who’s worked with Jeff Greinke, Bill Rieflin and may be known to some through his participation with groups Land and Stackpole. Long before he made his...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Zubatto Syndicate - Zubatto Syndicate 2

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Looking at the second Zubatto Syndicate release, two facts are apparent. First, the sci-fi imagery from the first album carries through with the great cover art and titles like “BBots,”...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-04)

Qluster - Tasten

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Hans-Joachim Roedelius has been a constant member of the different formations of Cluster, beginning with Conrad Schnitzler and Dieter Moebius as Kluster, then with Moebius, and for a brief...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-29)

Left Lane Cruiser - Dirty Spliff Blues

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Here is a new release of music that we do not normally cover, blues rock. For over ten years the duo of Freddy J IV, AKA Joe Evans (vocals and slide guitar) and Pete Dio (drums) have been churning...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-26)

Various Artists - Ode to Marco Veronesi

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Marco Veronesi was one of the founders of the Italian underground ADN label, who passed away in 2013 after a lengthy illness. This compilation (a limited edition of 300 copies) features various...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-09-25)

Vibravoid - Stepping Stone

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Germany’s highly prolific and popular psychedelic rockers Vibravoid are back with another slab of FdM vinyl. This time around they cover three different 60s songs: “(I’m Not Your)...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-22)

Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra - Galactic Parables: Volume 1

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With Galactic Parables: Volume 1, Rob Mazurek shows that he truly has earned a place in the ranks of the masters of large ensemble, high concept art jazz, that realm inhabited by George...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-21)

Tír na nÓg - The Dark Dance

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Encouraged by the success of their first new recordings on FdM last year, Tír na nÓg launched their first album since 1973 on May 24, 2015. For those of you who were not able to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-20)

Tír na nÓg - Ricochet

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Last year, through the efforts of FdM, Tír na nÓg returned to recorded music after 40 years with their single I Have Known Love. On September 7, 2015 Tír na nÓg...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-20)

Stellar Om Source - Nite-Glo

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One of the constants of synthesizer technology is that new instruments come out faster than musicians can learn to utilize all the capabilities of the previous generation. With so many players...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-19)

Volvox - Volvox

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One of the things I like about how Volvox arranges their music is the way they don’t clutter up the frequencies with multiple parts. Many bands, especially ones who lean towards harder rock,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-15)

Three Thirteen - Depletion Region

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“Reflection of Day” is the first track on this CD, and when I first heard it, I was reminded of something Anthony Phillips might have come up with as a mellow interlude for a late-70s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-18)

Three Thirteen - Depletion Region

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Three Thirteen is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist Mark Harrell, not to be confused with California’s heavy metal band with the same name. Their respective musics are worlds apart. Mark...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-18)

Magic Bus - Seven Wonders

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Magic Bus is a new band to the list of FdM artists. They fill the void left by Caravan in the mid 70s. They have two albums and another single under their belt already. This new single includes...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-16)

Kyrbgrinder - Chronicles of a Dark Machine

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Kyrbgrinder is the solo project of Threshold drummer Johanne James. This is the third release in eight years, and with each outing James refines and evolves his vision for melodic, modern metal....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-09-14)

Nick Nicely - 49 Cigars

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It was with some trepidation that I approached this new FdM single given my negative reaction to Nick Nicely’s 2014 album Space of a Second. Always wanting to give the benefit of the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-13)

Yuka & Chronoship - The 3rd Planetary Chronicles

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When I first saw the name “Yuka and Chronoship,” it made sense: Yuka Funakoshi is the leader of a progressive rock band, and “Chronoship” has a science-fictional ring to it...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-09)

Beautify Junkyards - The Beast Shouted Love

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On September 14, 2015 Lisbon’s Beautify Junkyards releases their second full-length album The Beast Shouted Love. Beautify Junkyards has previously appeared on Fruits de Mer’s...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-11)

Conrad Schnitzler / Pyrolator - Con-Struct

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Over the course of his 30 years, Conrad Schnitzler amassed a vast archive of sounds that he used in various combinations for his live performances. After he passed away in 2011, Bureau B came up...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-02)

Conrad Schnitzler - Kollektion 05: Compiled by Thomas Fehlmann

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Conrad Schnitzler, who passed away in 2011, was an extremely prolific and pioneering composer, concept artist, and one of the most important representatives of Germany’s electronic music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-10-02)

The Optic Nerve - Penelope Tuesday / Here to Stay

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The Optic Nerve were a little known band spawned from the 80s New York garage scene who eschewed the synthesized music surrounding them. They were enamoured with the jangling guitar motifs of The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-06)

Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra (ZERO) - Money? What Money?

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If you ever listened to a Frank Zappa record and thought, “What this needs is more kazoo and ukulele,” then not only are you a very strange person, but you are in luck, because the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-05-04)

Fur for Fairies - Fur for Fairies

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Looking back to the early days of Patti Smith’s career, her collaboration as a performing poet with multi-instrumentalist Lenny Kaye can be seen as a template for a way to combine words with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-02)

The Grus - Nest

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As the other Exposé writers have expressed, one of the joys of this job is being exposed to a wider range of music and artists than you normally encounter through the regular...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-08-24)

Ligro - Dictionary 3

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Sometimes bands have what it takes to keep things interesting when growing compositions out of improvisation, and sometimes they just don’t. Surely this Indonesian trio offers the creative...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-08-25)

Ligro - Dictionary 3

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Ligro is back – huzzah! These three tremendously talented Indonesian musicians are almost single-handedly affirming instrumental jazz-rock as an indispensible art form. Sure, there are some...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-08-25)

Datura 4 - Demon Blues

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Here is a new band from Down Under, Datura 4, who play a mixture of psych, prog, and blues rock reminiscent of the 70s. The band is Dom Mariani (vocals, guitar), Greg Hitchcock (guitar), Warren...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-09-04)

Papernut Cambridge - Nutlets 1967-80

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The 2015 follow-up to last year’s There's No Underground is Nutlets 1967 – 80. Unlike the previous release of original tunes, this time around they chose to cover...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-08-31)

Savant - Artificial Dance

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Artificial Dance gives us the entire original Savant LP plus seven additional tracks from singles and so on. This welcome reissue brings to mind a number of thoughts. First is the fact...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-08-30)

Steve Roach - Etheric Imprints

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The floating ghostly smoke image that adorns the cover fits the music perfectly, drifting freely in space, never tethered to any notion of rhythm or structure, yet moving and melodic. Here...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-08-29)

Grasscut - Everyone Was a Bird

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Grasscut (Andrew Phillips and Marcus O’Dair) released their third album on May 18, 2015. The album title, Everyone Was a Bird is comes from the Siegfried Sassoon poem Everyone...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-08-28)

Milford Graves / Bill Laswell - Space / Time Redemption

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In this meeting of the avant-garde generations, one of the pioneers for free percussion, Milford Graves, joins up with a bassist who has nearly every genre imaginable on his resume – free...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-08-26)

Ashley Reaks - Before Koresh

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For the follow-up to last year’s Compassion Fatigue (1-8), Ashley Reaks has...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-08-23)

As Lonely as Dave Bowman - Monolith

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Dave Bowman, as some of us may remember, was the protagonist in the 1968 science fiction feature film 2001: A Space Odyssey (and numerous lesser known follow on books and films). As Lonely...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-08-22)

Quill - Brush with the Moon

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Hailing from the midlands of England, this Quill (a popular band name!) dates back to the 70s. They’ve maintained a steady existence as a popular live act and in all that time have avoided...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-08-21)

ZenLand - ZenLand

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ZenLand is the new group of Michael Zentner (electric violin), Tim Young (guitars), Doug Lunn (bass), Dean De Benedictis (keyboards), and Vonette Yanaginuma (harp). Their impeccable musical...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-08-19)

Various Artists - Considerably Further Beyond the Sea

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Says it right there on the cover: “The Avant-Garde Surf Music Compilation.” “Avant-garde surf music?” you ask. Why yes. Upon a little consideration, maybe it’s not...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-08-18)

Michael Byron - In the Village of Hope

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Here we have a case where the composer composes and the performer (someone else besides the composer) executes the composition, although it’s clear that (unlike typical classical music) in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-08-17)

Blurred Vision - Organized Insanity

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Canadian trio Blurred Vision have attracted attention via an endorsement from Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. Listening to these 11 songs it’s easy to understand why, since many of the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-08-16)

Lamp of the Universe - The Inner Light of Revelation

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New Zealander Craig Williamson has been performing and recording as Lamp of the Universe since 1999. The Inner Light of Revelation, available on CD, LP, and download, may be his eleventh...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-08-11)

Dan Pound - Change of Weather

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Dan Pound is a virtuoso electronic composer and musician, crafting visual and emotive musical canvases with his palette of synthesizers and other equipment. Each Dan Pound release I have reviewed...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-08-09)

John Wetton and the Les Paul Trio - New York Minute

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On October 14, 2013, John Wetton appeared at the Iridium club in New York City to perform at a benefit for prostate and testicular cancer research. Because the audience weren’t all familiar...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-08-08)

The Aristocrats - Tres Caballeros

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In the spirit of highly energized virtuosic instrumental rock started long ago by The Ventures, taken to the next level by bands like Dixie Dregs and Steve Morse Band, and carried on to this day by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-08-12)

Slemlurk - Eremitens Magiska Äfventyr

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The debut from this Swedish band is quite a mixed bag stylistically, though happily when it comes to quality there’s a consistent high level. The opening track is a great workout of riffs and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-08-05)

Magic Pie - King for a Day

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This Norwegian band has an engaging sound that incorporates quite a range of elements, from sophisticated pop-rock along the lines of 10cc or early Ambrosia to complex modern prog like Echolyn with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-08-01)

Consider the Source - World War Trio - Parts II + III

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Prior to receiving this completely out of the blue, I had never heard of this band before. I guess one can’t be on top of everything going on in the music world, but I was surprised to see...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-08-04)

Marco Minnemann - Celebration

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Marco Minnemann first appeared on my radar when he was chosen as the drummer for Eddie Jobson’s reformed UK project, then as part of the Levin Minnemann Rudess collaboration, as well as his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-08-02)

The Pretty Things - The Sweet Pretty Things (Are Now in Bed, of Course...)

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Who would have thought that after 52 years The Pretty Things would still be going strong? The Rolling Stones is the only other band that comes to mind that continues to rock. In The Pretty Things...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-27)

OH. - Synemotion

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With the world’s population over seven billion, it’s a reasonable assumption that there must be a few million bands around the planet. Judging by what appears in my inbox, approximately...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-08-03)

John Wetton - The Studio Recordings Anthology, Volume 1

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The release of this compilation of John Wetton’s solo studio work is likely due to his prior compilations, King’s Road (1990) and Anthology (2001), being out of print....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-07-31)

Breznev Fun Club - Il Misantropo Felice

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Breznev Fun Club straddles that line where a large ensemble becomes a small orchestra. The group is led by guitarist, composer and orchestrator Rocco Lomonaco, along with eighteen other musicians...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-07-24)

Michael Gibbs & The NDR Bigband - Play a Bill Frisell Setlist

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As it turns out, the association between guitarist Bill Frisell and arranger Michael Gibbs goes back many years, to when Frisell entered the Berklee College of Music in 1975 during Gibbs’...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-22)

Camouflage - Greyscale

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As Prog Rock faded away in the late 70s/early 80s, New Wave and Synth-Pop starting filling the gap, especially with the availability of affordable synthesizers. One such group, who were a bit late...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-21)

Hiperson - No Need for Another History

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Having somewhat fallen out of touch with the Chinese rock scene lately, I was unaware of Chengdu’s Hiperson until I came across their new album at the merch table when I caught...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-10)

Deborah Martin - Under the Moon

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Many listeners have a love/hate relationship with the New Age genre, but if you’re a fan then this one is probably already in your collection. If not, it should be. Under the Moon...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-07-20)

Van der Graaf Generator - After the Flood - At the BBC 1968-1977

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After the Flood collects two discs worth of BBC recordings by one of progressive rock’s most iconoclastic bands, from their very beginnings (well, before the release of their first...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-06-17)

Godsticks - Emergence

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On their third full-length release, Godsticks – still masters of fine songcraft – has definitely turned on the heavy switch, much more so than any of their previous outings. Primary...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-07-18)

Guapo - Obscure Knowledge

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One can always count on Guapo to deliver full-on at highest intensity, yet still embrace the subtleties and finest textural qualities that make their sound at once mesmerizing and profoundly...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-07-12)

Mandala - Midnight Twilight

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Multi-instrumentalist Rhys Marsh is quite an active musician. He has popped up quite a bit on various albums over the past 12 months. This time he is joined by Francis Booth on bass and Will...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-17)

Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra - Symphony 5

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Peter Gordon is an American composer with a very broad idea of what a “symphony” can (or should) encompass. It certainly doesn't fit the idea of “serious” music,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-04)

Mollmaskin - Heartbreak in ((Stereo))

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Mollmaskin is the solo project of Anders Bjermeland, leader of the psychedelic adventurers Flashback Caruso. Anders plays drums, piano, guitar, saxophone, flute, organ, Rhodes, bass, clarinet,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-13)

Will Z. - New Start

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Part of the joy of reviewing is the exposure to new music and unknown artists. In this case we have an artist known as Will Z. There is very little information available about who Will Z. actually...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-11)

Mandala - Midnight Twilight

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Regardless of how you feel about Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree, the influence of their recordings (starting roughly with Signify, or certainly by the time of In Absentia) has...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-07)

Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab - Beyond the Silver Sea

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Beyond the Silver Sea is the remarkable new inspired sci-fi concept LP by Glascow band Dr. Cosmo’s Tape Lab. Dr. Cosmo’s Tape Lab is the mash-up of two psych-pop masters: Joe...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-06)

Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà - Holographic Codex

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Alio Die is the name of the soundscape / droning project of Italian composer and musician Stefano Musso, covered often in the pages of Exposé, and now as well on our site, with well...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-03-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Techicians of the Sacred

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Enjoyable as they are, the challenge in reviewing any new Ozric Tentacles album is finding something to say that distinguishes the new album from the 29-or-so before it. The band had humble...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-07-05)

Erik Wøllo - Blue Radiance

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Since I last encountered him around the time of Emotional Landscapes (2003), Norwegian musician and composer Erik Wøllo has continued to expand his mastery of ambient soundscapes...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-07-01)

Yes - Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two

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Yes has always been a bit behind the curve when it comes to exploiting their trove of live recordings, but with this set they are catching up. Big time. It started with the archival digging that...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-06-19)

The David Rhodes Band - The David Rhodes Band

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For many years, David Rhodes had been promising a solo album, stepping out from his gig as Peter Gabriel’s guitarist, and in 2010 he came out with Bittersweet, which I haven't...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-30)

Black Rainbows - Hawkdope

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The Italian trio Black Rainbows sound like the love child spawned from 70s hard rock and 90s stoner groove. There are hints of Ozzie, Black Sabbath, Rotor, Hawkwind, and spin off space rock bands...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-07-03)

Moth Effect - Crocodilians

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Moth Effect is a one-man band with no other identifying information. He does not sing, he is not flashy, but he does compose and play trance-inducing instrumentals reminiscent of 70s Kosmiche Musik...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-06-29)

The Belltowers - Here to Stay / Lovin' You

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The Belltowers hail from Florida and have been making music since 2006. This new single is their second release and it features two delectable slices of West Coast psych/folk rock, most notably The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-06-26)

Akku Quintet - Molecules

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The first couple minutes of the opening cut “Phase Transitions,” with its beautiful spacy piano foundation and soft sax blowing over the top might take the listener back to the tranquil...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-06-24)

The Beatpack - Where the Water Runs Deep

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The Beatpack date back to late 80s/early 90s tearing up audiences with their distinctive brand of primal rock and roll. Back in the day they released an EP, a 45 single, and an LP for Screaming...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-06-22)

Hypercolor - Hypercolor

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Remember punk-jazz? You know, Material, James Blood Ulmer, that kind of thing? Hypercolor operate in the same general sound space as that, with a free ranging sonic assault featuring wild electric...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-23)

The Baron Four - Walking Out / Can't Find My Way

Cover art The Baron Four is a relatively new British lo-fi garage rock band. Hot on the heels of their debut album released in December 2014, the band issues their third 45 RPM single that they recorded in...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-06-20)

André Fernandes Perim - Dágua

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André Perim is a Brazilian keyboardist and composer whose goal is to combine progressive keyboard playing with Brazilian percussion — at least that’s how he was first presented to me. In many...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-21)

Taylor's Universe - From Scratch

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Robin Taylor is quite a prolific Danish guitarist, recording and performing both as a solo artist and also leader of Taylor’s Universe since the mid 80s. Each new release contains new...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-05-30)

Ole Lukkøye - Dyatly

Cover art Ole Lukkøye… you remember them, right? The Russian band with the Nordic name that plays music from all over the world plus outer space? They’re back with an epic slab of world trance music, five...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-16)

The Ar-kaics - Always the Same / Let Me In

Cover art I find it very interesting to see a resurgence in the 45 RPM single. One of the latest is this little 7-inch that comes housed in a brown paper sleeve from the Richmond-based garage-psych band The...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-06-15)

Esko Järvelä Epic Male Band - Rye Groove

Cover art Some Exposé readers may remember Esko Järvelä, by sound if not by name, as he was part of the band Frigg, whose albums we’ve reviewed. On his own now, he’s set aside the all-acoustic...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-13)

Michael Gibbs & The NDR Bigband - In My View

Cover art It’s always a treat to have the opportunity to review something new by internationally acclaimed composer, conductor and arranger Michael Gibbs, and even more so when he is working with the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-06-14)

Devin Gray - Relative Resonance

Cover art While drummer Devin Gray has been making a name for himself on the East Coast jazz scene for several years, having played with Transit Heavy (with Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura), the Richard Bonnett...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-06-12)

Ciccada - The Finest of Miracles

Cover art At hand is the second AltrOck release by Greek quartet Ciccada, solidly in the classic progressive rock camp with one foot on the symphonic side, with a full compliment of extra players for string...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-06-10)

Mick Abrahams - Revived!

Cover art Way back in ’68 after the release of the first Jethro Tull album This Was, Ian Anderson and guitarist Mick Abrahams came to irreconcilable differences about the direction the new group...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-06-06)

Hu Vibrational - The Epic Botanical Beat Suite

Cover art A band featuring seven percussionists might be expected to be a veritable groove-fest, full of propulsive rhythms. In the case of Adam Rudolph’s Hu Vibrational, that expectation would be somewhat...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-09)

Daniel Bennett Group - The Mystery at Clown Castle

Cover art I listen to a lot of jazz, and when I do, it’s generally one of two kinds: vintage stuff in the streams of bebop, free, and electric; or modern avant-tinged recordings. Daniel Bennett falls into...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-07)

Lorenzo Feliciati - Koi

Cover art Back in the late 60s, when jazz and rock started cross-pollinating each other, several basic trends became apparent. One of them was the hyper-kinetic, super-precise fusion of any number of bands;...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-05)

Anekdoten - Until All the Ghosts Are Gone

Cover art After a long break, this is Anekdoten’s first album of new material in ten years. The members are the same, but for anyone who thought the band lost their way after Nucleus, this may be the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-06-02)

Crown Larks - Blood Dancer

Cover art You know how some bands sound pretty much the same on every track? While there’s something to be said for consistency, too much of it is definitely a bad thing. Crown Larks have no problem in this...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-05-27)

Upwell - In through the Outro

Cover art Upwell manages the trick of being progressive and heavy without being progressive metal. And given the multitude of by-the-numbers prog metal out there, hearing something outside that stream is...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-04-01)

The Of - Escape Goat

Cover art When last we tuned in to The Of, they were regaling us with the epic battle of seagull vs crab (or something like that), illustrated by extended Zappa-esque guitar solos. The band’s second album...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-01)

FM - Transformation

Cover art The first studio album by this esteemed Canadian band in 28 years has gotten a lot of attention, and so it should. A band can’t cross that much time and space without some changes, and in this case...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-26)

Sweet Madness - Made in Spokane 1978-1981, Volume 2

Cover art In my review of Made in Spokane I mentioned the unlikeliness of its mere existence, and now that defiance of odds is compounded by the release of Volume 2, 15 more tracks from this...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-05-29)

Steve Hackett - Wolflight

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Anticipation has been higher than normal for a new Steve Hackett album following his recent, triumphant Genesis Revisited touring. I wondered how being immersed in those genre-defining...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-05-25)

Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Cover art The problem with being Steven Wilson is that every new album has to measure up to a high bar relative to what is now a long career and successful body of work. As a musical statement his new album...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-05-19)

More Experience - Piosenki z Szuflady Czyli Jest Tak Jak Jest

Cover art More Experience is back with their second album, more than 15 years on from their previous release, From Acid Dreams (1997). While the general area is still psychedelic rock, a number of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-05-24)

Luminous Newts - Luminous Newts

Cover art Here we have a rich helping of excellent songcraft from SF Bay Area quintet Luminous Newts, at the core of which are songwriting partners Eric Kampman (keyboards, vocals) and Thea Kelley (vocals), the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-31)

Kaze - Uminari

Cover art Uminari is the Japanese word for a low frequency roar that comes up from the sea, perhaps signaling a coming storm or tsunami, and so it is for this international jazz quartet featuring...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-15)

Not a Good Sign - From a Distance

Cover art Seems like just yesterday I was spilling words about this unfortunately named band’s debut release, but time does fly. From a Distance is a powerful follow-up to the band’s excellent...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-13)

Cranium Pie - Mechanisms Pt.2

Cover art Cranium Pie return to Fruits de Mer after four years with their second full size album, this time a double slab of vinyl. Released at the end of March, the long awaited Mechanisms 2 sold out...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-05-11)

Lunden Reign - American Stranger

Cover art Once upon a time, there were girls in hard rock bands, though they were usually the singers, like Tina Turner or Janis Joplin; it was the guys who wielded the guitars and the chops. Then in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-10)

Schnellertollermeier - X

Cover art Schnellertollermeir definitely goes in the category of music that requires a certain mood or situation to be appealing. In this case for example, a situation like getting ready for bed would not be...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-05-09)

The New Trocaderos - Frenzy in the Hips

Cover art Back to basics now. These are six songs (about 20 minutes) of power pop and aggressive retro-60s rock condensed into three-or-so minute songs, just like back in the day – the likes that have been...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-03)

Nick Piunti - Beyond the Static

Cover art You know when you wake up in the morning and there’s some great song playing in your head and you try and figure out where it came from, and then you realize it’s from some album you listened to...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-13)

Tania Chen, Danielle DeGruttola, Henry Kaiser, Soo-Yeon Lyuh, William Winant - Megasonic Chapel

Cover art While one probably won’t find this on any top 100 charts in this or any other universe, Megasonic Chapel is a single 80-minute improvisation, very subtle, shimmering and beautiful, never...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-05-01)

Alco Frisbass - Alco Frisbass

Cover art The mesmerizing opening track “La Suspension Ethéréene” contains many textural keyboard hallmarks reminiscent of the classic mid-70s zeuhl sound, yet there are no voices, and it also breathes an...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-29)

Oho - Where Words Do Not Reach

Cover art Have to hand it to Baltimore’s Oho, they are definitely one of the most eccentric bands in the annals of prog rock – take any two of their albums and they don’t even sound like the same band....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-25)

The Galileo 7 - One Lie at a Time / The God of Gaps

Cover art After the successful release of the album False Memory Lane last year, The Galileo 7 roar back with two fiery garage-psych-pop songs on a single slab of vinyl: “One Lie at a Time” and...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-04-21)

M-Opus - 1975 Triptych

Cover art With 1975 Triptych, the band M-Opus gives us three tracks containing about 50 minutes of music, the middle of which is the 33-minute epic “Different Skies.” Given the music market’s...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-04-22)

The Seventh Ring of Saturn - Ormythology

Cover art Here’s a group of guys from Atlanta who have taken the 60s to heart. Exhibit A: Check out their photo on our artist page – brightly colored nehru jackets, paisley print shirts, and check out the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-19)

Mugstar & Damo Suzuki - Start from Zero

Cover art Those in attendance on a hot summer night in 2012 in Liverpool, England witnessed the rare one-off meeting of the legendary Damo Suzuki and British neo-Krautrock/Space Rockers Mugstar. Famous for his...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-04-27)

The Pretty Things - Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky

Cover art February 23, 2015 marked the release of the massive boxed set Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky documenting the complete Pretty Things collection. What we have here are eleven studio albums on CD in...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-04-24)

Soft Machine - Switzerland 1974

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When Bundles came out in 1975, many fans were no doubt surprised to find a guitar in the mix, the first time since Kevin Ayers left the band when a guitar had figured in Soft Machine’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-04-12)

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz - Awakening of a Capital

Cover art So apparently someone invented a style called “doomjazz” combining jazz with doom rock. And then someone decided to loosen it up a bit, adding elements of free jazz and creating what should...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-04-10)

Lars Boutrup's Music for Keyboards - Small as a Ball

Cover art When you call your project “Music for Keyboards” you’re telling the world what you’re about. No need for anyone to expect blazing guitar solos. Such a name is also likely to call up the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-04-07)

Mike Osborne - Dawn

Cover art At hand is an outstanding document of three early sessions by the late alto saxophonist, two with his trio featuring drummer Louis Moholo and bassist Harry Miller from August and December 1970, and a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-06)

Daniel Lentz - In the Sea of Ionia

Cover art The only thing one can generally say about Lentz’ work, after 40+ years of composing and releasing material, is that there is no way to predict where his next release will go. Having first been...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-03)

I Salici - Sowing Light

Cover art Sometimes being disoriented is a good thing. Case in point is this eclectic release by Italian band I Salici. It starts out with “Ocean’s Outshine,” which sounds like progressive rock with a bit...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-25)

Spin Marvel - Infolding

Cover art I've started to write this review several times. I'll sit down, start the tunes, and try to put thoughts in order to describe it. But invariably I get so wrapped up in the sound that the thoughts...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-23)

Taylor's Universe - From Scratch

Cover art Each new release by Taylor’s Universe brings some familiarity and some surprises, and so it is with their latest release From Scratch. The cast is familiar, with Robin Taylor handling bass...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-03-20)

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord - Jeremiah

Cover art Yow! Here’s a scorcher that came out of nowhere! Figuratively speaking of course — guitarist and leader Jon Lundbom lives in Austin, Texas, and the other members of the septet hail from a variety...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-21)

Steam Theory - Asunder

Cover art Steam Theory’s new release is full of big-sounding music, with multiple guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, and orchestra presenting ambitious instrumental music — 13 tracks spanning two CDs. In the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-18)

The Kandinsky Effect - Somnambulist

Cover art In the last year or so, quite a few sax/bass/drums trios have come around (Mark Lomax's trio was a recent example). It’s probably not fair to call this a trend, since the configuration has cropped...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-15)

Forrest Fang - Letters to the Farthest Star

Cover art Since the early 80s, Forrest Fang has been creating his own special brand of music that draws instrumentation from around the world to create something unique, different, and pan-cultural – a sound...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-03-16)

Dewa Budjana - Hasta Karma

Cover art This is guitarist Budjana’s fourth Moonjune label release, each one more impressive than its predecessor. This release follows Moonjune’s standard M.O.: bring the Indonesian guitarist to America,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-03-11)

Fernwood - Arcadia

Cover art Fernwood is the duo of Todd Montgomery and Gayle Ellett, the latter better known as one of two guitarists (or is it three now?) from Djam Karet – but Fernwood is a very different animal, where the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-03-07)

Autumn Electric - Star Being Earth Child

Cover art Back in December of 2014, I saw Autumn Electric play a show where they debuted some new material. They said they were working on a concept album about an alien who comes to Earth. Well, here it is,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-10)

Palmbomen II - Palmbomen II

Cover art Once electronic music was appropriated by dance clubs back in the 70s, there's been a stylistic split between more ambient, avant-leaning, or symphonic sounds and beat-oriented music. I know many fans...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-02)

Karda Estra - Strange Relations

Cover art This time out Karda Estra main man Richard Wileman (guitars, basses, keyboards and more) with the six-part title suite has done a full on collaboration with drummer Paul Sears (The Muffins, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-02-27)

John Luther Adams - The Wind in High Places

Cover art Adams’ latest release is a collection of three works for string ensembles. On these three, Adams functions as the composer only and does not perform on these pieces, instead relying on the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-02-06)

Byron Metcalf / Steve Roach / Rob Thomas - Monuments of Ecstasy

Cover art Metcalf and Roach collaborated on many endeavors in the past, back around the turn of the current century we had The Serpent’s Lair (2000), and a few years later Mantram (2004) and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-02-11)

Tesla Manaf - Tesla Manaf

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At hand is Indonesian guitarist and composer Tesla Manaf’s first international release, which reissues his 2014 album A Man’s Relationship with His Fragile Area, followed by his next...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-01-25)

Air Craft - So Near, So Far

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After the death of progressive rock at the end of the 70s, some of the survivors kept their band names and turned to more commercial endeavors, or else they were driven deep underground where...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-01-29)

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...

Sylvan - Deliverance – Here's a well-recorded album by an obviously polished German group filled with interesting ideas. I'm sorry to say that those ideas don't always work, such as "A Fairytale Ending," but I appreciate...  (1999) » Read more

Courtyard Moth - Alive 'n' Gigging – Not too many groups these days play in the late 60s early 70s classic blues rock style, and fewer yet do it with an inventive outlook. Courtyard Moth are from Leicester, England and play somewhere in...  (1996) » Read more

Divided Sky - Spectral – Divided Sky is a Philadelphia based four piece progressive act that relies on heavy riffs that don’t quite fit into technical metal categorization. Phased guitar effects on “Grasp”...  (2003) » Read more

Network - The Little Blue Book – Some may remember Network from their album Corroded Paths released about three years ago. Members of the band (a five-piece from the UK) all seem to be involved in numerous projects, including Groon,...  (1997) » Read more

Esthema - The Hereness and Nowness of Things – 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 commonly...  (2011) » Read more



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