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Hanford Reach - Canyons

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When Brooklyn’s Sky Picnic dissolved in late summer 2016, band members Chris Sherman (guitar, vocals, drums, and synths) and Leah Cinnamon (bass, vocals, and percussion) decided to continue...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-24)

Alison O'Donnell - Climb Sheer the Fields of Peace

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Alison O’Donnell was a vocalist in the legendary Mellow Candle and Flibbertigibbet, two 70s folk rock groups. Alison has remained active over the years as the sometimes singer with United...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-14)

Mumpbeak - Tooth

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In progressive rock, the quintessential keyboard trio is obviously Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In that group,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-08)

The Great Harry Hillman - Tilt

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Nope. There’s nobody in the band named Harry Hillman. The band is named after Harry Hillman, the American hurdler who won three gold medals in the 1904 Summer Olympics in St.Louis. The band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-26)

Ten Jinn - Sisyphus

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Back in 1999 Ten Jinn was unstoppable. Their second CD, As on a Darkling Plain, was captivating listeners on both sides of the pond, released on both Musea and InsideOut, and they were...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-23)

King Crimson - Heroes

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When word came out earlier this year that King Crimson would be reconvening for another tour with the expanded lineup which has been touring since 2014, they also announced that there would be an...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-07)

The Carousels - Sail Me Home, St. Clair

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Scottish Band The Carousels return to Sugarbush with their second album of West Coast country rock, proving that you don’t have to use a lot of studio effects and overload eardrums to be...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-27)

Nick Nicely - Ghostdream

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nick nicely has a new album, Sleep Safari on Tapete Records, planned for release on September 29, 2017, just in time for Christmas. To whet our appetites for Sleep Safari, Tapete...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-28)

Sam Arnold - Space Taste Race Part Negative Two

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This is Sam Arnold’s third Space Taste Race installment. The other two were recorded by his band Opposite Day, while Space Taste Race Part Negative Two, which I am guessing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-30)

Sam Arnold and the Secret Keepers - Listen to Your Mind

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The cover art is a nightmare vision of an insane god’s melding of various creatures into a single entity. I’m not exactly sure how this relates to the music, but Austin’s budding...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-30)

Pixie Ninja - Ultrasound

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Pixie Ninja is yet another in the succession of recent bands from Norway who approach progressive rock in a distinctive way. The group was formed by two multi-instrumentalists, Jostein Haugen and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-25)

Steve Hackett - The Night Siren

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Steve Hackett has been making music long enough that he knows what he wants and he knows how to get there. And while in his case, that journey doesn’t involve crazy flights of avant-garde...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-22)

Cheer-Accident - Putting off Death

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It’s been a few years since we had a new release from the weird and wonderful Cheer-Accident —

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-15)

The Neighborhood Strange - Let's Get High / One Last Chance

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On March 17, 2017 psych / garage / punksters The Neighbourhood Strange unleashed upon the world their second single (in both 7 inch vinyl and CD formats). Side one is “Let’s Get...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-21)

Kepler Ten - Delta-V

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Last November Kepler Ten released the debut single, “Time and Tide”, from their upcoming album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-24)

Cosmosquad - The Morbid Tango

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Jeff Kollman is a guitarist from Toledo, Ohio best known for his powerful melodic electric guitar playing, fusing elements of jazz harmony into his hybrid melodic hard rock / funk style. He is also...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-21)

Kris Gietkowski - Songs from the First Album by Egg

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Fruits de Mer Records’ mogul Keith Jones was idly surfing YouTube videos one day searching for inspiration and hidden gems. You know how that goes, falling down internet rabbit holes and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-17)

Élan Vital - Shadow Self

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Élan vital is a term coined by French philosopher Henri Bergson in 1907 as a hypothetical explanation for the evolution and development of organisms, life's “vital...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-17)

Machine Mass - Plays Hendrix

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Machine Mass regulars Tony Bianco (drums) and Michel Delville (guitar, loops, samples, and electronics) this time have teamed up with keyboard player Antoine Guenet of The Wrong Object and others...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-16)

Salim Ghazi Saeedi - United Ubiquity of Flesh

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Much has changed since Saeedi’s last album namoWoman (2012), which is hinted at by the empty outline of a man’s body inside the borders of a country, presumably his native...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-09)

Robert Schroeder - Velocity

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Robert Schroeder is no stranger to electronic music fans. He released his debut album, Harmonic Ascendant, in 1979 on Klaus Schulze’s IC label. 2017 marks the release of his 36th...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-10)

Astralasia - Oceania

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After Astralasia’s 2014 Fruits de Mer double LP Wind on Water sold out, which tends to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-05)

Cornelius Dufallo - Journaling 2

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Dufallo is a violinist and composer who in 2009 began a “journaling” concert series to document the work of living composers, thereby creating a repertoire of 21st century violin music....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-26)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Once upon a Time in South America

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During ELP’s heyday they never made it to South America, though they had a relatively huge fan base there. 23 years after forming and well past their prime, ELP made their first tour to South...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-20)

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Live from Ebbetts Field Denver, Colorado Aug. 11, 1973

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Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen might seem to be a bit of a stretch for Exposé, but considering in the early 70s there was a considerable amount of experimentation with...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-13)

Requiem - For a World After

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American expat and electronic composer George Speckert worked as a music teacher in Hannover, Germany in the 70s. He wrote and produced music in his spare time, inspired by Tangerine Dream, Klaus...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-06)

Sendelica / Superfjord - Zappa

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The spring batch of Fruits de Mer releases includes this little jewel of two Frank Zappa covers. Finland’s Superfjord provides us with a freaky synth-driven cover of “Peaches en...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-27)

Cromwell - At the Gallop

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Cromwell was an obscure Irish band that self-released an album in 1975, then promptly disappeared. Over the years At the Gallop has become a much sought after collectible, claiming prices...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-29)

The Insektlife Cycle - Vivid Dreams Parade

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I first encountered Filipino band The Insektlife Cycle in 2016 via Fruits de Mer. They appeared on a couple of FdM releases and also a freebie CDEP. Now Mega Dodo has released a triple gatefold CD...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-23)

Jeffrey Koepper - MantraSequent

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American composer and synthesist Koepper has been honing his craft over a period of about 15 years and nine previous releases, strongly influenced by the Berlin School sequenced electronics of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-07-04)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing - Loafer's Hollow

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It’s been more than ten years since bassist Matthew “Moppa” Elliott formed Mostly Other People Do the Killing as a four-piece with drums, trumpet, and sax. Loafer’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-03)

Jü - Summa

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After the glorious noise that comprised most of Jü’s collaboration with saxophonist Kjetil Møster, I was expecting something similar from Summa. What I got was something...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-30)

Nunun - Inner

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Nunun is the name used for experimental explorations by the Italian duo of Cesare Discepoli (guitar and effects) and Massimo Discepoli (drums). Five years after their previous album, Seven...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-27)

Ashley Reaks - Growth Spurts

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Musical collage artists Ashley Reak is back with another set of art-rock tunes, and once again he straddles musical streams without regard to how far he needs to stretch his legs. And that metaphor...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-18)

Larkin Grimm - Chasing an Illusion

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Question of the day: What would happen if an American folk singer became obsessed with Alice Coltrane’s cosmic jazz? Larkin Grimm’s Chasing an Illusion is one credible answer...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-07-11)

Brinsley Schwarz - It's All Over Now

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In 1974 Brinsley Schwarz’s began work on It’s All Over Now, the album intended to relaunch their career in the United States, but things did not go as planned. At that time the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-22)

Kevin Kastning / Mark Wingfield - The Line to Three

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Guitarists Kevin Kastning and Mark Wingfield are two very different style players, but in combination (this is their sixth collaboration together) the result is very complimentary and uniquely...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-21)

Kevin Kastning - A Connection of Secrets

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Like a portal into a catalog of dreams, any recording featuring Kevin Kastning evokes a singular feeling, a feeling not easily described in words but one that knows no other, whether it be one of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-14)

Grant Cutler - Self Portrait

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Self Portrait gives us an interesting combination of process-based composition and improvisation. The composer recorded a number of musicians improvising with tape-delayed audio of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-25)

Roland Bühlmann - Bailenas

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Roland Bühlmann’s second album is very much in the same vein as his 2014 release, Aineo. Once again, he plays various stringed instruments (mostly guitar and bass, but also...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-21)

Markus Reuter - Falling for Ascension

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It’s beginning to look like a reviewer could make a full-time job of just writing about the music Markus Reuter releases. Even taking into consideration that many of them are live...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-10)

Led Bib - Umbrella Weather

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Many of our readers should already be acquainted with Led Bib. The People in Your...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-13)

Raoul Björkenheim Triad - Beyond

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Björkenheim is a name you can trust for a healthy dose of intense and powerful jazz-rock, apocalyptic in every sense, with empassioned twists and turns at every juncture. The Triad consists of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-17)

Cast - Power and Outcome

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Seems like it’s been a while since the last release by this outstanding Mexican symphonic prog band, but after further investigation, apparently a couple releases came out in the last few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-07)

Sverre Knut Johansen - Secret Space Program

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This is Johansen’s second release on Spotted Peccary, a follow-up to 2016’s very excellent Earth from Above (followong a half dozen or so releses on Origo Sound and other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-31)

Cantina Sociale - Caosfera

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One of the best Italian progressive bands going, Cantina Sociale certainly can’t be accused of flooding the market with product, in fact this is only their third release since their 2002...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-11)

Knekklectric, Trojka, Suburban Savages & Junk Machine

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Seems like lately more than half of the new music that comes my way is from Norway. If any of it sucked, it would be easy enough to ignore, but between record labels like Karisma and Apollon and a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-03)

Knekklectric, Trojka, Suburban Savages & Junk Machine

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Seems like lately more than half of the new music that comes my way is from Norway. If any of it sucked, it would be easy enough to ignore, but between record labels like Karisma and Apollon and a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-03)

Knekklectric, Trojka, Suburban Savages & Junk Machine

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Seems like lately more than half of the new music that comes my way is from Norway. If any of it sucked, it would be easy enough to ignore, but between record labels like Karisma and Apollon and a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-03)

Knekklectric, Trojka, Suburban Savages & Junk Machine

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Seems like lately more than half of the new music that comes my way is from Norway. If any of it sucked, it would be easy enough to ignore, but between record labels like Karisma and Apollon and a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-03)

Patti Cudd - Eos

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Far from the song-based world of rock and pop, far from the emotion, melodies, and counterpoint of clasical and chamber music, is the soundworld of Patti Cudd, where tapping, scraping, striking,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-06-04)

Gato Libre - Neko

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The opening, requiem-like cut “Tama” that starts out the disc with a blast of warmth and beauty seems very appropriate given all the tragedies that have hit this ensemble in recent...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-28)

The Aeon - Songs of the Great Beast

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I have to admit that I’ve always found the obsession that some people have with Aleister Crowley somewhat comical, but I guess I’m too much of a rationalist to take that kind of thing...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-23)

Cydemind - Erosion

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I have a problem with many progressive metal bands. They tend to favor aggressive bombastic drums, bass, and guitar over substance. Not so with the young Canadian band Cydemind, who are releasing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-24)

Richard Bone - Age of Falconry

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This July marks US electronic composer Richard Bone’s first release on Mega Dodo Records. Back in the 90s Richard was influenced by Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s explorations into ambient...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-14)

Psychic Equalizer - The Lonely Traveller

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Psychic Equalizer is the musical project of Spanish jazz pianist Hugo Selles, now living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hugo started his project in 2011 with the aim of mixing different genres into a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-02)

Ibex - Parthenogenesis

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Ibex is a young band from Bellingham, Washington, way up in the far northwest corner of the contiguous states, which is a reminder that in today’s world, there’s no point in saying that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-19)

Zero Times Everything - Sonic Cinema

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There’s a long history of progressive rock intersecting with electronic music, going back to Heldon, Manuel Göttsching, and so on, with results of varying quality. The origins of this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-19)

Erik Wøllo - Different Spaces

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Norwegian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Erik Wøllo has close to forty releases out on his own or in collaboration with others, going all the way back to the early 80s. His...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-13)

Green Seagull - Scarlet / They Just Don’t Know

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Taking their name from a mis-heard Rolling Stones lyric, Green Seagull are the latest band to burst out of London's burgeoning neo-psych scene. A shared love for late 60s baroque psych and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-16)

Faust - Fresh Air

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What can I say about Faust? They have been churning out creative music since the late 60s and show no signs of slowing down. Unlike their previous album, Just Us, which they recorded in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-14)

Crystal Jacqueline - Await the Queen

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Neo-psych chanteuse Crystal Jacqueline returns this June with a gorgeous new solo double album, Await the Queen, her biggest release yet. Through her exposure via Fruits de Mer and Mega...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-16)

Yang - The Failure of Words

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When I reviewed Yang’s second album, Machines, back in 2009, it had been a long five years since the band’s 2004 debut, A Complex Nature, and that even included a band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-05-06)

Gilligan Smiles - Friends, Away, Aeroplane

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It’s sort of amazing that the era of psychedelic rock lasted only a few years, basically 1966 to 1969, and that if someone sounded psychedelic in 1974, they would have seemed hopelessly out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-06-06)

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus - Mirrors

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With the commercial and critical success of their 2015 release Beauty Will Save the World, their first new album in nearly 20 years, the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus (RAIJ)...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-05)

EchoTest - From Two Balconies

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Sometimes an album just takes a while to soak in, doesn’t allow for easy summarization. After multiple listens, I’m not sure I’ve really got a handle on From Two...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-21)

Weserbergland - Sehr Kosmische - Ganz Progisch

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When you think of White Willow, you think of symphonic progressive rock, so the prospect of a project led by that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-26)

Peter Baumann - Romance 76 & Trans Harmonic Nights

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Peter Baumann was an integral part of Tangerine Dream from 1971 to 1977, which in my opinion was the group’s best period. So I was excited in 1976 when Peter Baumann released his first solo...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-07)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

The Brainiac 5 - Journey to X

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Looking back on the history of The Brainiac 5, there is a clear progression, from psych / space inflected punkish pub rock to more professional-sounding and sophisticated material — though...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-21)

Richard Pinhas - Reverse

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Richard Pinhas is no stranger to us here at Exposé. He has a very long musical career and at the ripe old age of 65 he continues to push the musical boundaries both as a solo artist...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-18)

Escapade - So You Know

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For those just tuning in now, Escapade was a New York based free-psych improvisational heavy stoner rock band that operated from the mid-90s until around 2006, with a rotating cast of musicians...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-29)

Jasun Martz - Solo Exhibition: Non-Finito

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This career-spanning retrospective collection presents a dizzying variety of sounds from composer Jasun Martz. It serves as a sampler from his box set Solo Exhibition, which contains eight...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-06)

Djam Karet - Sonic Celluloid

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When a band has over 20 excellent all-instrumental releases, and you know them all well, it’s instinctive to compare any new release to those that have gone before it. The first thing one...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-04-12)

Lorenzo Montanà - Phase IX

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Italian ambient soundcrafter Montanà has released a number of albums since 2009, both solo and in collaborations, most are nearly impossible to find unless one seeks them out. In 2015,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-04-09)

Kshettra - Five Mothers

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Kshettra, named with a Sanskrit word denoting a holy area, is a progressive / experimental / post-rock instrumental band from Moscow. Kshettra has gone through a number of personal changes since...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-04)

A Projection - Framework

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With today’s resurgence of progressive and psychedelic music I suppose it was only a matter of time before neo-post punk / New Wave bands would appear on the scene. One such is A Projection,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-01)

Schooltree - Heterotopia

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There are some who would have you believe that rock music is just entertainment, and that any attempts to make it “art” are pretentious and worthy of scorn. I am not one of those...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-27)

Various Artists - Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik Düsseldorf 1982–1989

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In the early 80s, with the rise of affordable electronics and recording equipment, cassette culture took off. Anyone with a few dollars could set up a home recording studio and create music....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-15)

Various Artists - Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984–1989

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During the five years prior to the wall coming down, East German musicians, painters, poets, filmmakers, and performers began to open up new territory, crossing genres and jumping back and forth...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-11)

Conrad Schnitzler - Filmmusik 1 & 2

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Conrad Schnitzler was one prolific composer. Six years after his passing we are still presented with music from his archives. In 1975 he recorded a number of untitled pieces intended as soundtracks...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-08)

Wingfield / Reuter / Stavi / Sirkis - The Stone House

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In the rock world, music is dominated by bands consisting of a more or less consistent group of players. There are also solo artists, some of whom have set backing bands, but those musicians are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-24)

Jihye Lee - April

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The last two large-ensemble jazz recordings to cross my desk were

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-14)

Ape Shifter - Ape Shifter

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Jeff Aug is the guitar hotshot in this three piece German instrumental hard-rock / psych / metal outfit. Somewhere I had heard the name before, and indeed after a little research I discovered I am...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-26)

O.R.k. - Soul of an Octopus

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The first O.R.k. album was a pleasant surprise, presenting an imaginative take on the confluence of heavy rock with atmospheric production and strong vocals. Soul of an Octopus gives us...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-17)

Steve Roach - Fade to Gray

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A Companion release to Painting in the Dark, which I eviewed a couple weeks ago, Fade to Gray is a similar endeavor but without a lot of the melodic color and variation that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-22)

Forrest Fang - Following the Ether Sun

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The thing that differentiates Forrest Fang’s music from all the other ambient guys is his extensive use of acoustic instruments. This has always been the case, at least going all the way back...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-15)

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures - Glare of the Tiger

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The title track of Glare of the Tiger starts off this album with more than 13 minutes of pure funky electrojazz bliss, complete with distorted Rhodes, cosmic organ, grooving percussion,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-13)

Steve Roach - Painting in the Dark

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Each of Roach’s floating ambient releses seems to fall into one of several categories, one of which is the breathing organic elemental pieces that evolve slowly and push forward, unmasking...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-08)

Dieter Moebius - Musik für Metropolis

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In 2012 Dieter Moebius was invited to perform a musical accompaniment to Fritz Lang’s sci fi silent film classic Metropolis. His approach to scoring the 2 ½ hour film was to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-03-18)

Thinking Plague - Hoping against Hope

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I’m not going to complain about the years between Thinking Plague albums. The gap between In Extremis and A History of Madness was only five years, by far the shortest...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-07)

Satoko Fujii - Invisible Hand

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Among the instruments common in jazz music, the piano occupies a special place as a foundational part of most ensembles. And given the instrument’s wide range of possible sounds, there is a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-24)

Reflections in Cosmo - Reflections in Cosmo

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This band with a strange name may be relatively new, but it occupies a spot in a vast web of connections. Ståle Storløkken (keyboards) has been a frequent collaborator of late with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-20)

Noah Preminger - Meditations on Freedom

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Tenor player Noah Preminger’s recorded work only started in 2008, but Meditations on Freedom is his seventh release under his own name — he’s also got a few credits as a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-10)

Erik Griswold - Ecstatic Descent

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Griswold is an Australia-based composer and pianist, with a number of previous releases on the Australian experimental music label Room 40. His interests lie in hybrid sound combinations and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-02-12)

OmnisighT - The Power of One

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January 20, 2017 saw the release of Canadian prog metal band OmnisighT's fourth album The Power of One. OmnisighT is the fearsome and intimidating foursome of Raj Krishna (lead vocals...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-03-07)

Club d'Elf - Live at Club Helsinki

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Club d’Elf is a Boston area band that’s been around more than a decade, though this is the first time I’ve encountered them. The band is built around bassist Mike Rivard and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-02-27)

Paolo Siani ft. Nuova Idea - Faces with No Traces

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Paolo Siani is the drummer for the Italian progressive band Nuova Idea. Over the years he has pursued a number of different musical projects. Faces with No Traces is his latest solo album....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-14)

Mark & The Clouds - Cumulus

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On March 10, 2017 Mark & The Clouds release Cumulus, their second album of homespun 60s pop-psych tunes. Extending what they started on their 2014 debut album, Mark & The Clouds...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-07)

Sweeney Straddles the Sun - Tarantula

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Sweeney Straddles the Sun is the solo project of Glaswegian artist Jason Sweeney. A very strange performing name as straddling the sun can be extremely dangerous, plus I do not fully appreciate how...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-24)

Us & Them - When I Was Walking / Green Couch

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To both kick off the new year and to follow up their new EP of Sandy Denny covers for Fruits de Mer, Britt and Anders are releasing a brand new single of original material on Mega Dodo. If...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-31)

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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...

Ahleuchatistas - On the Culture Industry & The Same and the Other – Of all the genre labels ever devised, math rock has to be one of the most annoying. It’s an insult both to rock and to math, and seems to me borne of two mistaken beliefs. First, that math is...  (2005) » Read more

Rousseau - Square the Circle – This is the third album by this German six-piece, probably better known for their first album Flower in Asphalt, with which they developed a reputation of being essentially a decent Camel clone. Over...  (1995) » Read more

Haizea - Hontz Gaua – Another obscurity originally released on the Elkar label, Haizea were a five-piece from the Basque area of Spain. Sporting a sound that could best be described as psychedelic electric folk, the...  (1994) » Read more

Christian Vander - Offering III-IV – Although this was released four years after the first Offering album, this Offering picks up right where that one left off, and is in many ways not much different at all. Only three tracks here, the...  (1995) » Read more

Lazuli - En Avant Doute – Atendees of either the 2006 or 2007 Baja Prog festivals have been fortunate enough to see Lazuli do their thing live on stage. They truly are one of the most interesting groups among Musea’s...  (2008) » Read more



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