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Tim Burness - Interconnected

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This past November UK musician Tim Burness released his latest album, Interconnected. Like his previous album, this one features a wide range of musical styles, touching on electro-pop,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-14)

Kevin Kastning / Sándor Szabó - Ethereal III

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While there is a good chance I haven’t heard every one of Kastning and Szabó’s previous collaborations, I think it can be safely said that Ethereal III is unique among...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-12)

Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà - The Threshold of Beauty

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These are two names that any floating ambient music enthusiast can trust with certainty, and much like Alio Die’s collaboration with Mathias Grassow Expanding Horizon way back in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-15)

Various Artists - Romantic Warriors IV - Krautrock Part 1

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This is the fourth in a series of excellent documentaries produced by José Zegarra Holder and Adele Schmidt, and judging by the title, it probably won’t be the last. I checked my video...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-04)

Der Finger - Le Cinque Stagioni

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Der Finger is a band from Moscow, Russia who play avant-free, dark jazz, noise, and psychedelic improvisational music. Their new album, Le Cinque Stagioni, is a set of five instrumentals...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-02)

The Yardbirds - Live and Rare

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The 60s were turbulent times, the decade where rock music grew up, going through a number of phases and reaching new extremes as time went forward. Within the span of just two years, from 1963 to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-28)

Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin - All My Friends Live in Uncanny Valley - The Remixes

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Now, if you thought that the lovely Miss MacPumpkin’s latest album

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-27)

Various Artists - Romantic Warriors IV - Krautrock Part 1

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The latest installment of the Romantic Warriors series takes us to Germany, a country with such a rich and varied history that it will require three full-length films to cover. As...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-06-04)

Moon Letters - Until They Feel the Sun

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For a couple of years now in the Seattle area, Moon Letters has been impressing audiences with their modern take on classic progressive rock. The band could be considered a Northwest supergroup of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-05-29)

Kuhn Fu - Chain the Snake

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What do you do when you try to surpass your previous success? Try something different. And that is exactly what Kuhn Fu has done on their new album, Chain the Snake. The same elements are...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-06)

Breidablik - Nhoohr

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Breidablik is back with another choice set of tasty electronic music. For the most part, Nhoohr is firmly in mid-70s Tangerine Dream mode, starting with icy string synth and the sounds of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-06-13)

Subshine - Easy Window

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At the risk of sounding like one of those old farts who’s always going on about how the “good old days” were better than today, I’m going to throw out the generalization...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-06-10)

Stratus Luna - Stratus Luna

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Stratus Luna is a new four-piece from Brazil, but to hear this, their debut release, one would think these are old pros who have been at it as long as most of the members have been alive. The band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-19)

Jeff Kelly - Beneath the Stars, Above the River

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Those who know Jeff Kelly only from his work in The Green Pajamas might be a little surprised hearing Beneath the Stars, Above the River. His distinctive voice and a tinge of psychedelia...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-05-14)

Ni - Pantophobie

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Three years after Les Insurgés de Romilly and time spent on side project PinioL, Ni is back with a new album, Pantophobie, released on March 1, 2019. While being faithful...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-17)

Various Artists - Post Now: Round One - Chicago vs New York

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With a roster that includes such diverse artists and Cheer-Accident, Koenjihyakkei, Flying Luttenbachers, Space Streakings, Yowie, and many more, Skin Graft has become one of the most reliable...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-05-17)

Thirteen of Everything - Our Own Sad Fate

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Austin’s progressive rock scene continues to produce excellent music. The latest is Thirteen of Everything’s second album Our Own Sad Fate. The band has a long and storied...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-07)

Satoko Fujii - Stone

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Satoko Fujii piano solo Stone, not what you think! Yes, these fifteen pieces are most definitely performed solo on piano, but using mostly extended techniques, rather than sitting at the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-15)

Tom Eaton - How It Happened

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Tom Eaton is a Massachusetts based composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer who has spent most of his career behind the scenes, producing and engineering dozens of releases for other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-09)

The Ed Palermo Big Band - A Lousy Day in Harlem

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After six albums on Cuneiform, all nothing less than superb, the Ed Palermo Big Band is back in action on Sky Cat records with A Lousy Day in Harlem, this time taking it in a slightly...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-13)

Sam Rosenthal with Nick Shadow & Steve Roach - The Gesture of History

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Sam Rosenthal is probably better known for his band Black Tape for a Blue Girl, who have been releasing albums since the mid-1980s, or his label Projekt Records specializing in gothic,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-04)

Emily Bezar - Out of the Moment

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If you come to Out of the Moment as a listener unfamiliar with Emily Bezar’s music, I can only try to imagine what you might think. “The Longest Way” starts out with a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-26)

Djam Karet - A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof

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On their site, the band claims that this is their 19th album, but in fact their discography shows a few additional releases that they must not be counting (and that’s not even counting those...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-28)

Aria Primitiva - Sleep No More

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It wasn’t that long ago that we reviewed the three song teaser Work in Progress, which was a preview of sorts to this, Aria Primitiva’s first full-length foray into their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-25)

Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig - Persistent Visions

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One has to wonder... If this was designed to be a continuous 71 minute listening experience, why the heck was it broken into six tracks, especially when the end of one track is no different than...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-13)

Kuhn Fu - Chain the Snake

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Surely what Kuhn Fu accomplished on their last album Kuhnspiracy couldn’t be topped, so this time out they seem to have wandered down a slightly different path, bringing forth their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-06)

Rudolf Heimann - Die Unendlichkeit des Augenblicks

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Electronic musician Rudoph Heimann is back with a new album, which is possibly his best to date, Die Unendlichkeit des Augenblicks or The Infinity of the Moment. This new album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-08)

Kenyon Bunton - All Planes Must Land & This Guy's Disguised This Sky

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Kenyon Bunton is a musician with roots back to bands in the 90s, ultimately unsuccessful, but mainly in the Cardiacs and London avant noise scene. Disillusioned with the music scene, Kenyon...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-05)

French Boutik - L'Âme de Paris

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Overall all, L’Âme de Paris is an excellent set of aggressively pleasant French psych pop songs by French Boutik. L’Âme de Paris is meticulously...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-18)

Bobby Beausoleil - Voodoo Shivaya

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“Bad breaks and hard knocks, it’s been a long hard road” are the opening lyrics on “Hard Road,” a dark, bluesy number that opens the first disc of this two disc set,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-22)

Peter Orins - Happened by Accident

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If one goes to the ‘discogs.com’ website and searches for Peter Orins, they will find that it simply says ‘drummer,’ though that’s certainly an oversimplification of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-03)

Cabezas de Cera - Contigo y en Directo / En Vivo en el Alicia

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One has to be amazed at how just two guys can make such absolute mind shattering music in a live setting, but the evidence is right here on this 71 minute compact disc, recorded on June 6, 2018 at...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-31)

My Favorite Martian - Martian Chronicles, Los Angeles 1990's

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In the annals of American garage rock, My Favorite Martian is an interesting footnote, and this archival release serves to illuminate a little-known corner that deserves to be remembered. Al Bloch...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-20)

Massergy - Fire Opal

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Massergy is the floating ambient electronic music project of one Eric Jensen, based in Austin, Texas. There’s an interesting back story here: Massergy was originally created to honor...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-25)

The Honey Pot - Bewildered Jane

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The Honey Pot have come a long way since their first album and then debuting on Fruits de Mer Records. Their fifth full album, Bewildered Jane, was just released on Mega Dodo Records and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-21)

Alister Spence and Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe - Imagine Meeting You Here

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Moving into 2019, after releasing twelve albums (seems like more) last year, Satoko Fujii takes a back seat on this album, leaving composer and co-conspirator Alister Spence to take the reins of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-05-08)

Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen - Toward the Horizon

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For many years at Exposé we have been reviewing the work of Craig Padilla, both as a solo artist and in collaborations with Zero Ohms, Skip Murphy, Howard Givens, and others. A...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-07)

Robert Forster - Inferno

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Robert Foster has a long musical career starting as the co-founder of the indie band The Go-Betweens in 1978. After that band broke up in 1989, he released his first solo album, Danger in the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-12)

The Telescopes - Exploding Head Syndrome

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The only thing constant with The Telescopes is founding member Stephen Lawrie. Every release explores a different musical direction. For his 11th album, Exploding Head Syndrome, Lawrie...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-09)

Radiant Mind / Steve Roach - Heliosphere

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Radiant Mind is a soundscape and meditation music artist who prefers to exist in relative anonymity, but we suspect his real name is Robert Englis. On his first two releases Sense (2012)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-10)

Ape Shifter - Ape Shifter II

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A couple years since their debut, Jeff Aug and company are back for their sophomore release, another (almost) instrumental exploration of edgy hard rock played with a punk vengeance with only a few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-19)

Kevin Kastning - Piano I

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Kastning has played piano on many of his albums to date, mostly on collaborations where someone is playing guitar, but for his sixth solo album, he has crafted nine pieces – over an...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-03-29)

Steve Roach - Atmosphere for Dreaming

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Released on January 1st 2019, I’ve been spinning this nearly every early morning for almost three months as this review is written, and it could go on like this for much longer too. We have a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-25)

Chris O'Leary - Ashes to Ashes

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Exhibit A

Ashes to Ashes covers The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 — every song Bowie wrote or recorded in that time period in chronological order....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-03-19)

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord - Harder on the Outside

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Big Five Chord’s ninth recording, Harder on the Outside, celebrates their 15th year as a band, and offers a mighty eight tracks, all purely instrumental explorations of hard-grooved...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-03-26)

Dr. Mark Lomax, II - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols.1 - 4

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Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a 2018-19 Artist in Residence at the Wexler Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, and he has taken advantage of the Center’s support in a big way, putting...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-14)

Dr. Mark Lomax, II - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols.1 - 4

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Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a 2018-19 Artist in Residence at the Wexler Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, and he has taken advantage of the Center’s support in a big way, putting...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-14)

Dr. Mark Lomax, II - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols.1 - 4

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Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a 2018-19 Artist in Residence at the Wexler Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, and he has taken advantage of the Center’s support in a big way, putting...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-14)

Dr. Mark Lomax, II - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols.1 - 4

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Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a 2018-19 Artist in Residence at the Wexler Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, and he has taken advantage of the Center’s support in a big way, putting...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-14)

Celeste - Il Risveglio del Principe

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A short history of Celeste. There was a band called Il Sistema that existed from around 1969-71, never released anything during their lifetime, their permanent place in history only assured fot two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-03-23)

Xochitzin & Ixonetzli - True Love Vol.1

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A most unusual collection of folksongs by Mexican singer Xochitzin, with several previous albums to her credit, and multi-instrumentalist Luis ‘Ixonetzli’ Perez, who penned most of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-01)

Forrest Fang - The Fata Morgana Dream

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Appropriately titled, most of Forrest Fang’s catalog could seem like the soundtrack of dreams, and this latest release underscores that sense, from the sprawling eleven-minute opener...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-03-02)

Ed Wynne - Shimmer into Nature

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It’s been a good four years since the last Ozric Tentacles album Technicians of the Sacred came down from on high, a double CD and a great one which was promptly

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-02-15)

Metaphor - The Pearl

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It’s been at least ten years since Metaphor’s last album, The Sparrow, so the band certainly can’t be accused of flooding the market with product. Even with the passage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-02-18)

Ruphus - Ranshart

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The Norwegian group Ruphus suffered a drastic lineup shift after their 1973 debut, New Born Day, which resulted in the loss of, among others, both vocalists: Gundy Aspaas and Rune Sundby....

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 2000-05-01)

Mark Feldman's Level 5 - The Sybil EP

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This short but anazingly effective helping of crisp, snappy, aggressive instrumental funk clocks in just shy of twenty minutes, and is in fact the debut offering by Level 5, the four-piece led by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-02-24)

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bill Bruford / Tim Garland - Earthworks Underground Orchestra – The peers of drummer/composer Bill Bruford are few and far between; only Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Will Calhoun, and Claudia Quartet mastermind John Hollenbeck spring to mind as drummers who...  (2007) » Read more

The Mackrosoft - Antonio's Giraffe – Aja West and company return with eight new slabs of sweet funked-up instrumental jazz, more emphasis on the latter than the former this time, apparently a tribute to the late Antonio Carlos Jobim...  (2007) » Read more

Psychedelic Breakfast - II (Deuce) – With Phish on a hiatus, and Dave Matthews and Widespread Panic pursuing more commercial directions, who will be the next hot group for “jam-band” fans? It might just be this young band...  (2002) » Read more

Pangée - Hymnemonde – Listening to this new Quebecois quintet's début album is like stepping into a time-warp and going back to 1972 Germany. Though it is certainly a new release, it is convincingly 70s...  (1997) » Read more

Legend - Triple Aspect – Move over Annie Haslam. Legend is a British Pagan prog-rock band, fronted by the amazing voice of Debbie Chapman. In fact this writer heard their first record Light in Extension about five years ago,...  (1997) » Read more



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