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Noah Preminger - Genuinity

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This quartet outing finds three-fourths of the group from Preminger’s Meditations on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-19)

Bättre Lyss - Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge

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On February 22 the Guerssen sub-label Sommor released the first reissue of a rare Swedish album that was privately released in 1975, Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-17)

The Shadow Lizzards - The Shadow Lizzards

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Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Atomic Rooster — classic heavy rock bands known for featuring the sound of an overdriven Hammond organ. The Shadow Lizzards start off their debut album with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-12)

Steve Roach - Molecules of Motion

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With such a perfect and descriptive title for the music at hand, Roach’s Molecules of Motion features four long tracks of flowing emotional energy, at once sharing both his Berlin...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-08)

Bobby Previte - Rhapsody

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As a composer, Bobby Previte has never shied away from ambition, and he appears to have never encountered a genre boundary he didn’t want to erase. In 2016, he gave us

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-19)

NLTM - Nick Littlemore / Thierry Müller - Days in Vermilion Sands

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NLTM is the collaboration between Nicholas Littlemore (Teenager, Pnau, Empire of the Sun, musical director of Le Cirque du Soleil, and other endeavors) and Thierry Müller (Ilitch, Ruth, Crash,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-18)

Ümit! - The Testament of Ümit!

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This, the second full length release for this German band from Düsseldorf, comes amid a number of similarly titled EP vinyl releases. The group is led by guitarist and singer Jochen Oberlack,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-18)

Bob Katsionis - Prognosis & Synopsis

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Babis “Bob” Katsionis plays guitar and keyboards in such bands as Firewind, Revolution Renaissance, Outloud, and Serious Black, but I’m not knowledgeable on the Greek metal scene,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-16)

Steve Tibbetts - Life Of

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Nobody can ever accuse Tibbetts of flooding the market with product. His pace is slow and deliberately so, and of late, now that he’s an established artist, taking about eight years between...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-18)

Cheer-Accident - Fades

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There was a gap of several years between No Ifs Ands or Dogs (2011) and Putting off Death (2017), but Thymme Jones and company seem to be on a roll — here it’s not...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-22)

Marbin - Israeli Jazz

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Having last heard Marbin on their Aggressive Hippies album a few years ago, their latest, Israeli Jazz, is certainly what one would expect from this Chicago-based quartet: a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-15)

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog - YRU Still Here?

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Guitarist Marc Ribot has a recorded history that is so diverse as to be of little use in predicting what a new album might sound like. His group Ceramic Dog consists of Ches Smith (drums,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-09)

The Senior Service - King Cobra

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UK instrumental group The Senior Service released their second album King Cobra on April 27, 2018. Fans of their 2016 debut album The Girl in the Glass Case will be pleased with...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-13)

Miguel de Armas - What's to Come

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Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas makes his album debut under his own name with What’s to Come, a collection of ten varied tunes that presents his nimble keyboard work with a backing of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-05)

Tempest - Thirty Little Turns

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Given my love of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and Boiled in Lead, it would seem like Tempest should be part of my musical life when it comes to folk-rock. But there’s so much music in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-02)

Numina - The Chroma Plateau

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When one puts The Chroma Plateau in the player, the sounds won’t immediately jump out and grab you by the jugular, but instead slowly envelop the listener in a wash of colorful fog...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-04)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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It is always a pleasure to listen to a new release from the fertile mind of the prolific Christian Koch, AKA Vibravoid. Over the past 30 years he has released more than 100 LPs, singles, EPs, etc.,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-26)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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It is always a pleasure to listen to a new release from the fertile mind of the prolific Christian Koch, AKA Vibravoid. Over the past 30 years he has released more than 100 LPs, singles, EPs, etc.,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-26)

Sleep in Heads - On the Air

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There are a lot of metal bands out there who have the mistaken impression that they are “progressive” when their music is so conventional (for its style) that the word becomes a parody...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-29)

Elephants on Tape - Lightweights

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One manifestation of the impact of modern technology in music is the kind of meticulous production used on most pop recordings, where you’ll find such things as kick drum sounds that are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-22)

Fungus Hill - Cosmic Construction on Proxima B

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Fungus Hill is a relatively new band from Umeå in Northern Sweden. They began playing together in 2015, recording an EP, two singles, and a music video. Then in 2017 they released their first...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-06)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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Seems like I was just writing a review of their previous studio effort Mushroom Mantras a few weeks ago — it was in fact February of this year — but the point is that Vibravoid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-26)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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Seems like I was just writing a review of their previous studio effort Mushroom Mantras a few weeks ago — it was in fact February of this year — but the point is that Vibravoid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-26)

Cloud - Plays with Fire

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Tyler Taormina (aka Cloud) released his debut album, Comfort Songs, in 2013. On March 9, 2018 he returned with his new album Plays with Fire. Plays with Fire is a set of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-29)

L'Albero del Veleno - Tale of a Dark Fate

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L’Albero del Veleno, Italian for The Poison Tree, released their second album in 2017 on Black Widow Records. This is an interesting gothic instrumental suite in two acts based on Greek...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-03)

Cream - Nineteen Sixty-Seven

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Vogon Records has unearthed and released some lost broadcasts by Cream during their halcyon days between 1966 and 1967. What we have is a live recording made for Swedish radio plus some unreleased...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-30)

Flutatious - Festival

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Flutatious is a UK band that blends different elements from Celtic, psychedelic fok, progressive rock, and techno dance music. They are Michelle Devonshire (flute), Bill Forwell (bass), Stella...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-27)

Jeff Greinke - Before Sunrise

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He’s been actively recording music since the early 80s, with well over two dozen releases to his credit, yet probably not as prolific as some others in the floating ambient subgenre, but his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-27)

Yuka & Chronoship - Ship

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With their fourth album, this Japanese band continues the growth that has progressed through all of their work. All of their strengths are on display, and everything is nudged up a notch in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-05)

The Brotherhood - Stavia

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The Brotherhood was a one-and-done band from Ohio that recorded and privately released their only album, Stavia, in 1972 (200 copies). Stavia is one of those elusive albums that...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-23)

Apostolis Anthimos - Parallel Worlds

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One of the founding members of Polish progressive legends SBB, as well as Czeslaw Niemen’s band going back a few years before that, this Polish-born guitarist of Greek parents is one of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-21)

The Nazgûl - The Nazgûl

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 50 years, you are probably aware that the Nazgûl are the Dark Riders from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-20)

Richard Wileman - Veil

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Most of us know him as the primary force behind Karda Estra, and before that, Lives and Times, which together account for around a couple dozen albums, but this is the first full length solo album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-18)

Kevin Kastning - 17/66

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Kastning has released nearly thirty albums on the Greydisc label since around 2000 (both solo and collaborations with folks like Sandor Szabo, Carl Clements, Michael Manring, Balasz Major, Mark...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-30)

Kira Kira - Bright Force

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So I wonder what Satoko Fujii is going to do after releasing twelve albums in twelve months... (This is the fourth installment of her 60th birthday marathon.) Maybe take a vacation, but the various...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-07)

Dave Liebman / Tatsuya Nakatani / Adam Rudolph - The Unknowable

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This album brings together three creative musicians into a configuration that might at first seem strange: jazz woodwind explorer Dave Liebman, who has been part of expanding the genre in the post...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-15)

Star Sponge Vision - Crowley and Me

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Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime (1875 - 1947), being a recreational drug...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-16)

Us & Them - From the Corner of My Eye & On Shipless Ocean

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Our favorite Swedish gothic psych / acid folk duo has two new releases on Mega Dodo Records this April and June: a 7-inch single, From the Corner of My Eye, and their second full-length...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-09)

Us & Them - From the Corner of My Eye & On Shipless Ocean

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Our favorite Swedish gothic psych / acid folk duo has two new releases on Mega Dodo Records this April and June: a 7-inch single, From the Corner of My Eye, and their second full-length...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-09)

Shob - Karma Obscur

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You may have not heard of French bassist Shob before, but the spting 2018 release of his second album Karma Obscur should help pave the way for further recognition. He has previously...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-14)

Aria Primitiva - Work in Progress

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Since leaving Art Zoyd at the end of the 90s, bassist and cellist Thierry Zaboitzeff as been busy with his own solo work, as well as writing scores for theater and dance, many of which have been...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-13)

Danny Fox Trio - The Great Nostalgist

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In listening to pianist Danny Fox’s album, it occurs to me that while “nostalgia” indicates a fondness or longing for the past, built within the concept is the realization that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-07)

Quimper - A Soft Day

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This February Quimper released another EP of their unique electronica, A Soft Day, a set of four instrumentals spanning roughly ten minutes, each one exploring different territories and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-13)

Hillmen - The Whiskey Mountain Sessions Vol. II

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It’s been about seven years since the first Hillmen release, which was The Whiskey Mountain Sessions, Vol.I. I guess one might suspect that the musicians involved just treat this as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-06)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin - Ninety-Nine Years

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By now, if you have kept up with our reviews of Ms.Fujii’s recent output, you will know that she turns sixty years old this year, and for the occasion she’s going all out, releasing a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-09)

Jordsjø - Jord

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It is widely acknowledged that something special was going on in rock music in Italy from about 1971 to 1976, with quite a few innovative bands recording albums that have come to be regarded as...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-01)

Alfa 9 - My Sweet Movida

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My Sweet Movida is the third album by the UK band Alfa 9. Consisting of Phil Mason (guitar and vocals), Ali Heath (guitar and vocals), and John Bradbury (drums), Alfa 9 presents a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-06)

Crocodile - His Name Is Stan and He's a Bad Motherf**ker

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His Name Is Stan and He's a Bad Motherf**ker is the debut album of a new progressive rock band from Austin, Crocodile. Band leader, composer, and guitarist Kevin Sims has created a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-02)

Colin Edwin / Robert Jürjendal - Another World

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Ex-Porcupine Tree bassist extraordinaire Colin Edwin has been involved in a wide variety of musical ventures. His latest is a collaboration with Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-25)

Choirs of Aether - The Music of Sun Ra (Live at No Town)

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When it comes to evolutionary cosmic free jazz with no boundaries, it’s hard to beat Sun Ra. Few have made as much of an impact or left behind a massive recorded legacy as his, from the early...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-14)

TOC - Will Never Play These Songs Again

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The title is a true statement, because TOC (keyboardist Jérémie Ternoy, drummer Peter Orins, and guitarist Ivann Cruz) is a conduit for free improvisation between the three members,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-04)

Jamie Saft - Solo a Genova

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One thing you can count on from Jamie Saft is that each new recording has a good chance of sounding unlike what you’ve heard him do before. I’ve heard him in a variety of settings, from...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-21)

Dominique Vantomme - Vegir

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Dominique Vantomme is a new name to me — he has done some work with European pop singers, and has a band called Root that I’ve never heard. But here he is on a session recorded with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-14)

Howlin' Sun - Howlin' Sun

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For anyone who’s grown up on rock music, no matter how sophisticated taste may grow, it’s likely there’s a fondness that survives for a heavy guitar riff based on the blues. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-10)

Kristoffer Bolander - What Never Was Will Always Be

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German label Tapete Records / Bureau B releases a variety of music, but mostly electronic, so I did not know what to expect from this new release by Swedish singer-songwriter Kristoffer Bolander....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-18)

Dobbeltgjenger - Limbohead

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There are definitely multiple ways to approach Limbohead. If you’re coming at it from an indie-rock perspective, it’s a super-tight example of clever melodic rock akin to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-10)

Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin - I Left My Heart in Uncanny Valley

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The Soft Bodies Bleed Out compilation was my first encounter with the enigmatic and intriguingly named Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin. Just the artist’s name is more than enough to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-15)

Sonar with David Torn - Vortex

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A musical world filled with complex mathematical rhythms, odd angles and planes, sharp corners and geometric surfaces, these Swiss practitioners have created their own place in multi-dimensional...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-30)

Traffic - Where the Poppies Grow - Historic Radio Sessions 1967

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For those of you who do not know Traffic's history, the band was formed in 1967 by Steve Winwood after leaving the Spencer Davis Group, along with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason. The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-11)

Mildlife - Phase

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Mildlife, for all intents and purposes, is a dance club band. Their new album Phase is a set of seven mostly instrumental dance groove tunes. They made a judgement error in sending this...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-22)

Beautify Junkyards - The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

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For their third album, Lisbon’s Beautify Junyards takes you into their secret garden of delicate acid folk songs, The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards. Led by João Branco...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-08)

Green Seagull - Scarlet Fever

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Do you know how sometimes you hear a song lyric and because of the way it is sung your mind makes strange connections to other words that sort of make sense? Consider this lyric from the fourth...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-28)

The Dead Centuries - Race against Time

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The Dead Centuries is an instrumental prog metal band from Ottawa. Canada consisting of Adam Tremblett (guitars, bass, and programming) and Bryant McNamara (drums) and when they play live, Jacob...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-18)

Dustin Behm - The Beyond

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Metal guitar shredder Dustin Behm has been honing his skills since the age of 13 as lead guitarist for Portland’s instrumental progressive metal band Increate. When Portland was snowed in a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-14)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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There is nothing wrong with your CD player. I hadn't heard of this band in a long while, it seems that on Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II they are as over-the-top eclectic as the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-01)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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This has got to be one of the saddest and most outré releases since cavemen made music by banging two rocks together. How many of you enjoy listening to the Singing Dogs’...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-01)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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This is one that arrived out of the blue. I’d never heard of Mist of Flying Elbow before this CD came in the mail, and even after listening a dozen times or so to these eight tracks,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-01)

The Monochrome Set - Maisieworld

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As a companion to their recent boxed set of early material, Tapete has just released a brand new Monochrome Set album, Maisieworld. Over three decades later The Monochrome Set continues to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-07)

The Monochrome Set - 1979-1985 - Complete Recordings

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The Monochrome Set is a band that I had heard the name of but never encountered their music. I believe that I first read about them through Archie Patterson’s early efforts with Paradox Music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-07)

Gong Expresso - Decadence

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Expectations can be dangerous things. When I first heard Gazeuse!, it was instantly one of my favorite albums. Sure I knew it wasn’t really Gong, since that name first...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-16)

Kaze - Atody Man

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This is disc #2 in Satoko Fujii’s CD-of-the-month releases commemorating the year of her 60th birthday, so this one is to be released on February 23rd, which is a couple weeks from the date...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-26)

Peter Garland - Moon Viewing Music (Inscrutable Stillness Studies #1)

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We reviewed Garland’s Cold Blue release String Quartets (2009) and his contribution...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-26)

John Luther Adams - Everything That Rises

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Adams is an American classical composer, born in Mississippi, who studied music at Cal Arts in the 70s, and who spent over 35 years of his adult life living in Alaska, during which time he...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-26)

Dušan Jevtović - Live at Home

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Dušan Jevtović is a masterful guitarist, and this live set was recorded in December 2016 in Jevtović’s home town of Kragujevac in Serbia, at the Dečije Pojorište with the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-19)

Martin Gordon - Thanks for All the Fish

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Martin Gordon has had a long musical career dating back to Sparks and Radio Stars in the 70s and starting his solo career in 2003. Now 15 years later he has developed into what sounds like a bitter...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-21)

Slivovitz - Liver

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If you thought that Slivovitz’ two previous albums Bani Ahead (2011) and All You Can Eat (2016) couldn’t be topped, well, think again. LiveR showcases this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-19)

Forrest Fang - Scenes from a Ghost Train

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The thing I notice most about Forrest Fang’s music is that his sounds create a world of their own, seemingly existing within an infinite space of possible sounds, all of which are distinctly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-14)

Forrest Fang - Scenes from a Ghost Train

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From the blackboard jungle to the waning crescent and beyond, visionary composer Forrest Fang has been honing and perfecting his craft since the early 80s, and if I’m not mistaken Scenes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-14)

Satoko Fujii - Solo

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So 2018 is the year that Satoko Fujii turns 60 years old (although not until October 9th) and to celebrate, she will be releasing one album every month of the year, which will include releases by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-26)

Kevin Kastning & Sándor Szabó - Ethereal I

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With their arsenal of exotic guitars, Kastning and Szabó masterfully create a mysterious world of sweeping textures, emotional shadows, colorful points of light and shimmering angular...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-19)

The Pretty Things - The Same Sun

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Fruits de Mer continues to release The Pretty Things on vinyl — label owner Keith Jones is a big fan of the band. For this first 7-inch of the new year we have four songs, two from The Pretty...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-20)

Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles II

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If you have been following our coverage of Sendelica over the years, you will no doubt be familiar with their space rock / krautrock / psychedelic output. Their latest release on Fruits de Mer is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-15)

Jaguwar - Ringthing

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Jaguwar is the Berlin trio of Lemmy Fischer, Oyèmi Noize, and Chris Krenkel, who play energetic shimmering shoe-gazer updated New Wave. So far they’ve released two EPs and played live...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-24)

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Charlemagne Palestine - A Sweet Quasimodo between Black Vampire Butterflies for Maybeck – In the 30 or so years that Charlemagne Palestine has been around, this writer has never heard any of his music until now. It was inevitable that one of his recordings would reach my ears eventually,...  (2008) » Read more

Dragonwyck - Dragonwyck – In case you're wondering, Dragonwyck is the title of a 1944 historical romance by Anya Seton, made into a movie starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price. This Dragonwyck, on the other hand, was a psych...  (2007) » Read more

The Decemberists - Picaresque – This Portland, Oregon band has been the subject of a lot of buzz in the American indie rock community, and for once the praise is well-deserved. Far from being a trendy neopunk band or lo-fi...  (2005) » Read more

Kelly David - Broken Voyage – Mixed and enhanced by Steve Roach, mastered by Roger King, with graphic design by Sam Rosenthal, it is a sheer wonder that this doesn’t come across as a Roach clone, weighed down by comparison and...  (2002) » Read more

Stone Breath - Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis – Stone Breath’s third album, recorded in 2000, has been reissued with a second CD of rare and unreleased tracks. On Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis Stone Breath continued their exploration of dark folk...  (2009) » Read more



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