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Vinnie Moore - Soul Shifter

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To get a clear idea of what’s on offer with Soul Shifter, take a look at my review of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-24)

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)

Satoko Fujii / Ramón López - Confluence

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Our readers should know the work of Satoko Fujii well, as we have covered most of her releases as solo, and in collabortion, as well as with the many bands and orchestras that she leads, as a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-27)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York - Entity

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Composer, conductor and arranger Satoko Fujii has several of these orchestras around the world (Tokyo, Kobe, New York, Berlin) that convene periodically to to perform and record Fujii’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-16)

Toh-Kichi - Baikamo

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Prepare yourself for one wild and crazy ride with Toh-Kichi, but the musical chemistry between pianist / composer Satoko Fujii and drummer / composer Tatsuya Yoshida is something positively unique,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-26)

Nikolov - Ivanović Undectet - Frame and Curiosity

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With their Undectet, Vladimir Nikolov and Srđan Ivanović have hit upon a powerful example of the large jazz ensemble. Frame and Curiosity is the group’s second album, and it shows...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-15)

Lorenzo Feliciati / Michele Rabbia - Antikythera

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Antikythera sees bassist Lorenzo Feliciati back in the territory of his outstanding album

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-09)

Moon Men - 3.5... The EP

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On September 25th of last year, I posted a single review of the second and third Moon Men...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-05)

Tusmørke - Vardøger og Utburder, Vol. 1 & Leker for Barn, Ritualer for Voksne

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If you’ve been paying attention to the progressive rock coming out of Norway, likely you’ve noticed that Tusmørke is a busy group of musicians. But even their steady stream of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-12)

Aarktica - Mareación

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It's been a good ten years since Aarktica’s last release, well overdue. Aarktica is the musical project of ambient / atmospheric composer Jon DeRosa, who has been releasing music with a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-28)

Secret Oyster - Striptease

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This exceptional Danish instrumental powerhouse released four albums in their original lifetime from 1973-1976, and a reunion album Live in the USA recorded at Nearfest 2007, released the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-21)

Johnathan Blake - Trion

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Drummer Johnathan Blake’s Trion presents a skilled trio with a lengthy set of thoroughly entertaining jazz. His cohorts are saxophonist Chris Potter and bassist Linda May Han Oh, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-28)

Dave Kerzner - Breakdown: A Compilation

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After playing with Kevin Gilbert’s various bands in the 90s (he played with the version of Giraffe that performed The Lamb at the Variety Arts Center in 1995, as well as with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-31)

Downes Braide Association (DBA) - Live in England

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Chris Braide is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer based in Los Angeles, who, after a few solo albums in the 90s turned his attention more towards writing and arranging...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-25)

Udo Pannekeet - Electric Regions

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When it comes to electric bass in jazz, it’s natural that anyone will be compared to Jaco Pastorius. With Udo Pannekeet, the comparison is especially apt, but not in the expected way:...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-16)

Squire - Get Ready to Go! & September Gurls

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Squire is a band the formed in the late 70s as part of the mod revival. They did not produce a lot of music, but have enjoyed a cult following, so much so that they have now reissued their albums....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-12)

Squire - Get Ready to Go! & September Gurls

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Squire is a band the formed in the late 70s as part of the mod revival. They did not produce a lot of music, but have enjoyed a cult following, so much so that they have now reissued their albums....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-12)

Bjørn Riis - A Storm Is Coming

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I suppose some people know Bjørn Riis from his work with the band Airbag, but as it happens, I’m more familiar with his solo work, and A Storm Is Coming is the fourth of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-01)

In These Murky Waters - In These Murky Waters

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I don’t know exactly when it started, but there is a trend in music for adding the sound of vinyl cracking and popping into the background of music, or even the type of distortion that comes...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-29)

Stephan Thelen - Fractal Guitar

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When you’re a guitarist making a solo album, inviting as guests some of the greatest guitarists in the world seems like a risky action — what if they show you up, and it’s more...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-24)

Keiji Haino / Merzbow / Balázs Pándi - Become the Discovered, Not the Discoverer

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In preparation for writing this review, I revisited what I wrote about

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-26)

Jus Primae Noctis - Istinto

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Jus Primae Noctis is an Italian prog band from Genoa founded in 1991 from the band Third Position. Over the years they have gone through numerous personnel changes and performed live, though they...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-27)

In Vino Veritas - Grimorium Magi

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I was pleasantly surprised upon my first experience with Grimorium Magi, the debut release by the Italian band In Vino Veritas. I was fully expecting a dark gothic classic slice of Italian...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-24)

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)

Martia Pelepsi - Un Verano Silencioso

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Martia Pelepsi is the solo musical project by Chilean multi-instrumentalist Carlos Torrejón. Carlos recorded his first solo album, Un Verano Silencioso (A Silent Summer),...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-24)

Ruphus - Let Your Light Shine, Inner Voice & Flying Colours

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With their third album, Ruphus turned to Terje Rypdal as producer, and the result sees a decided turn away from the symphonic rock of Ransahrt towards jazz-rock. Original singer Gudny...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-23)

Wish - Stay Here My Friends

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Wish is an Italian neo-prog band with roots going back to September 1992. They dabbled with songwriting with a concept album in mind. Years passed with families, children, work, and life in general...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-30)

Bill Randen - The Later Tapes Vol​.​1 Antiquities

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The 60s and 70s were a great era for folk revival, folk rock, and Outlaw Country. The soothing sounds of troubadours were all over the FM airways: Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, Townes...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-21)

Suzan Köcher's Suprafon - Suprafon

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German singer Suzan Köcher has hit upon a very interesting sound with her band Suprafon. They take the dreamy production and breathy vocals of trip-hop and meld them seamlessly with jangly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-20)

Stick Men Featuring David Cross - PanAmerica - Live in Latin America

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again: “Stick Men is one of the best live bands on the planet.” I’ve seen them play live quite a few times and heard many...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-17)

Laughing Stock - Sunrise

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Not only are we seeing a lot of new bands out of Russia here at Exposé, we are also encountering a number of new Norwegian bands as well. The most recent for me is The Laughing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-04)

Miguel Zenón - Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera

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Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón’s Sonera presents arrangements of music associated with Ismael Rivera, a Puerto Rican singer and composer whose career began in the early 50s....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-11)

Tylor Dory Trio - Unsought Salvation

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I am not a fan of metal or prog metal. But with the promo material for the Tylor Dory Trio’s new album Unsought Salvation suggesting that their music would appeal to fans of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-18)

Audrey Chen & Carlos Quebrada - Audrey Chen & Carlos Quebrada

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Once in a while I get an album to review that, no matter how many times I listen to it over and over, it never really follows me away after the listening session, just leaving me bewildered. In...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-07)

Magic Pie - Fragments of the 5th Element

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On their fifth album, Magic Pie continues their musical path, bringing together elements of melodic rock, progressive rock, and classic 70s sounds in a most engaging way. Fragments of the 5th...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-05)

Nazca Space Fox - Pi

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Nazca Space Fox is a relatively new band from Frankfurt that plays, as the name suggests, space rock. Their twist on it is that they also have touches of post-rock drama in this instrumental music,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-02)

Moppa Elliott - Jazz Band / Rock Band / Dance Band

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Stepping away from his main band, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, bassist Moppa Elliott presents a three-part set of mostly original music gathered as Jazz Band / Rock Band / Dance...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-29)

The Fast Camels - Full of Strange

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The new Fast Camels album is here and a strange one indeed it is. Full of Strange is a set of twelve new songs that blend 60s psych pop (early The Who, The Hollies, The Zombies, and even a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-15)

Alan Davey's Psychedelic Warlords - Captain Lockheed & Mountain Grill Live

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Fans of classic Hawkwind have had plenty to celebrate in recent years. In addition to new music from various people associated with the band, Alan Davey in particular has been revisiting the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-17)

Alan Davey's Psychedelic Warlords - Captain Lockheed & Mountain Grill Live

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Fans of classic Hawkwind have had plenty to celebrate in recent years. In addition to new music from various people associated with the band, Alan Davey in particular has been revisiting the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-17)

Mark Lomax - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols. 9 - 12

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We now arrive at the final section of Mark Lomax’s massive conceptual work, 400: An Afrikan Epic; volumes 9-12 are collectively called Afro-Futurism: The Return to Uhuru....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-11)

Mark Lomax - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols. 9 - 12

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We now arrive at the final section of Mark Lomax’s massive conceptual work, 400: An Afrikan Epic; volumes 9-12 are collectively called Afro-Futurism: The Return to Uhuru....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-11)

Mark Lomax - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols. 9 - 12

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We now arrive at the final section of Mark Lomax’s massive conceptual work, 400: An Afrikan Epic; volumes 9-12 are collectively called Afro-Futurism: The Return to Uhuru....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-11)

Mark Lomax - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols. 9 - 12

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We now arrive at the final section of Mark Lomax’s massive conceptual work, 400: An Afrikan Epic; volumes 9-12 are collectively called Afro-Futurism: The Return to Uhuru....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-11)

Bryan Beller - Scenes from the Flood

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As the bassist with The Aristocrats and Mike Keneally’s band, not to mention other work with Joe Satriani, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, and many more, Bryan Beller is no stranger to complex and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-08)

We Lost the Sea - Triumph & Disaster

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“We Lost the Sea” sounds like a pretty good name for a post-rock band, and We Lost the Sea is in fact a pretty good post-rock band. This group from Sydney, Australia was formed in 2007...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-05)

Le Grand Sbam - Vaisseau Monde

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Le Grand Sbam is a French chamber rock band from Lyon. They are a passionate collective dedicated to music creation, research, and experimentation. Propelled by eminent musicians: Mélissa...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-25)

Guranfoe - Sum of Erda

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The oddly named Guranfoe is a band from Norfolk, England. They have a ton of live material recorded over the last eight years on Bandcamp and Sum of Erda is their debut studio album. After...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-22)

Rocking Horse Music Club - Which Way the Wind Blows

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In the roughly fifteen hundred years since Anthony Phillips left Genesis, he’s released a few hundred albums, mostly containing instrumental music, especially acoustic guitar pieces....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-27)

Pat Travers - Swing!

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While we’re on the subject of well-known guitarists,Canadian veteran Pat Travers presents Swing! — a set of rocking covers of classic tunes from the swing era, pieces made...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-15)

Rez Abbasi / The Silent Ensemble - A Throw of Dice

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Here at Exposé, we have to date covered guitarist Rez Abbasi in several different ensembles. There was his group Junction on

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-30)

Claudio Scolari Project - Upside Down

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One might be forgiven for never having heard of this group before. From Italy, their previous albums just listed the three members’ names, which became simplified on this, their fourth...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-14)

Sonisk Blodbad - Electric Mirror

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Norwegian band Sonisk Blodbad (Sonic Bloodbath) released their third album of dreamy soundscapes, Electric Mirror, in December 2019. Hailing from Bergen, Sonisk Blodbad is Ole Christensen,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-03)

The Hu - The Gereg

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This Mongolian four piece (augmented by guest players) has deep roots in the traditional music and singing of their native land, presenting a style of music best characterized as folk-infused rock,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-20)

Le Grand Sbam - Vaisseau Monde

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In the incredibly fertile Lyon avant-prog scene, it seems that every band shares members with every other band — maybe not completely true, but close enough. The three members of PoiL seem to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-25)

Lucifer Was - Underground and Beyond

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Lucifer Was is a cult proto-metal band from Norway that formed in 1970 in Oslo. They lasted until 1975, gigging at local venues and some festivals, but never got a recording contract. They were on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-28)

The Richard Peterson Orchestra - Seven

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It might be kind of hard to describe Richard Peterson to people who haven’t lived in Seattle for decades. As a street musician, he’s a legend from way back, a kind of eccentric musical...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-21)

Anders Buaas - The Witches of Finnmark III

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The Witches of Finnmark III is the third album in Norwegian guitarist Anders Buaas’ trilogy of instrumental albums. Based on the title and the cover art, I was expecting an album on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-19)

Klava - Polku

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This band from Helsinki has been around for more than ten years, though Polku is their first album. On it, they present a sophisticated take on Canterbury-inflected progressive rock, with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-18)

Scott Henderson - People Mover

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Scott Henderson is no stranger to fans of jazz-rock guitar, with a career going back to the 80s in his band Tribal Tech as well as work with such heavyweights as Jean-Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Josef...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-12)

Jaume de Viala - Sonoritat de Mil Miralls

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Somewhere back in the Catalan music timeline, there was a group called Celobert Màgic that existed from 1979 to 1983, though my research hasn’t been able to confirm if the group ever...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Zlurad - Vo Blago Zlu

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Злурад, or in English Zlurad, is a Russian noise band. And I am astounded that there is even an audience for this music, and I use the term very loosely. Amazingly this CD is already sold out...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-01)

The Brainiac 5 - Back to Shore

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Moving along from 2017’s Journey to X, we find The Brainiac 5 dishing out more of their punk-inflected space rock on Back to Shore. “Long Enough” starts us out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-09)

Balto! - Beats by Balto! Vol. 1

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From its beginnings, one of the primary qualities of jazz has been the fact that it is about spontaneous creation of music by people who are playing together. Even when jazz is recorded, the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-06)

Darryl Way - Destinations

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Everyone reading this should be familiar with violinist and composer Darryl Way. First, three albums with the original Curved Air, then three albums with his own band Wolf, then back to Curved Air...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-23)

Modern-Rock Ensemble - Night Dreams and Wishes

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Sometimes I think the main drawback of the CD medium is its 80 minute capacity, leading some artists to think they have to fill nearly every minute of it to make their product worthwhile. More...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-29)

The Past Tense - Time Stands Still

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As another precursor to this Spring’s massive 4CD set A Band of All Seasons, Fruits de Mer released The Past Tense’s Time Stands Still and accompanying CD Across...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-16)

Various Artists - Sunny Spells

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This Spring Fruits de Mer is releasing a hugely expanded 4CD version of their 2018 3LP The Three...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-13)

Crystal Jacqueline & the Honey Pot - I Talk to the Wind

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I’ve been delaying gratification on a couple of recent Fruits de Mer releases as I worked through my review queue, which never seems to get any shorter by the way. One of the releases is the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-13)

Dennis - De Gales Dal

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70 year old Norwegian rocker Sven Johan Reksten AKA Dennis Reksten AKA Dennis returns with his first new release since 2002. Listening to his new album De Gales Dal or The Gales...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-10)

Electric Litany - Under a Common Sky

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Under a Common Sky is the third album from London-based band Electric Litany. They composed the nine tracks in a beach house on the Greek island Corfu in the summer of 2017. They then...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-04)

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)

Nili Brosh - Spectrum

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Guitar hotshot Nili Brosh starts out her third solo album with five tracks centered around acoustic guitar and finishes with five on electric. “Cartagena” is a lovely Spanish-inflected...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-30)

Ensamble Peripecia - Cataclismo

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This group of musicians is based in Chilecito, La Rioja, Argentina, playing a psychedelic post-rock with solid experimental and progressive touches. For this recording they are primarily...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-11)

GGRIL - Plays Ingrid Laubrock

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Ingrid Laubrock is a jazz saxophonist originally from Germany, but now living in Brooklyn, New York. She is associated with Anthony Braxton, Mary Halvorson, Living By Lanterns, Lark, Paradoxical...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-08)

Mythopoeic Mind - Mythopoetry

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Any musicians who would name their band Mythopoeic Mind obviously have some aspirations towards intellectual, high-concept themes. The roots of this project go back to the late 90s, when Steinar...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-23)

Panzerpappa - Summarisk Suite

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Panzerpappa is back with another set of tasty instrumental music that inhabits a region somewhere between rogressive rock and jazz, and once again, listeners will probably notice that Canterbury...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-11)

Jack o' the Clock - Witness

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From the beginning, Jack o’ the Clock has been one of the most distinctive sounding American bands going. Their blend of unusual instrumentation — hammer dulcimer, bassoon, trombone,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-27)

Surplus 1980 - Pigeon Obstacle Course

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Among Moe Staiano’s many projects is Surplus 1980, which operates in an area that might be described as “art-punk” — an energetic mix of punk rock and weirdness that has...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-09)

Todd Rundgren's Utopia - Live at the Chicago Theatre

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Taken in relation to the scope of Todd Rundgren’s career, Utopia might be seen as a digression, given that he’s released 30-some studio albums as a solo artist, while Utopia barely gets...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-27)

Håkon Høye - Nights at the Surf Motel

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Contrary to what the title may lead one to believe, this is not an album of surf rock, but instead an album’s worth of original bluesy rock tunes with some rootsy soul and gospel...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-02)

Megalith Levitation - Acid Doom Rites

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With a name like Megalith Levitation and an album title Acid Doom Rites, you can be easily prepared for a onslaught of sludge rock. Megalith Levitation materialized from the acid vapors of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-28)

Henrik Cederblom - Zobop

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Some may remember the excellent Swedish trad-rock band Den Fule, which released a trio of albums between 1993 and 1995, then went on hiaus for a dozen years only to reunite in 2010 for a couple...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-02)

Radare - Der Endless Dream

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A significant portion of the albums that come my way consist of instrumental music, be it post-rock, jazz, progressive rock, electronic, or some combination of those, like Radare, which features...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-18)

Skeleton Goode - Skeleton Goode

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Back in November 2019 a new album hit the streets that could have fit well in the heady pop-psych days of the late 60s, the self-titled debut release by Skeleton Goode. Skeleton Goode is an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-06)

Frank Wyatt & Friends - Zeitgeist

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Frank Wyatt was one of the main writers in Happy the Man so many years ago, as well as playing keyboards and saxophones, and as such he was a primary contributor to the band’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-11)

Solstorm - II

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The doom-stoner-sludge metal band Solstorm from Bergen, Norway is back with their second album eight years after their 2011 debut self-titled album. Today the band line up is Bjørn...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-19)

Emily Jane White - Immanent Fire

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Hailing from California, Emily Jane White has spent the last several years since her 2007 debut album, Dark Undercoat, honing her Big Sur gothic folk noir music. Her latest album,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-16)

Grup Doğuş - Grup Doğuş

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If you are looking for a fun-filled album of Turkish psych music, look no further than this 2019 reissue of Grup Doğuş’ 1975 cassette. Grup Doğuş was formed by brothers Tufan Aydoğan...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-13)

Skeleton Goode - Skeleton Goode

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There are times when a good psychedelic tune really hits the spot, and we’re living in a great time for discovering more of them. Skeleton Goode is a new entry in the game, but they’re...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-06)

Elifantree / Tölöläb - Blood Moon

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It may not be considered proper to qualify an absolute — like saying “more unique” — but in reality, every album is unique, as in “not sounding identical to any other...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-03)

Various Artists - From a Distant Shore

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Last Fall Mega Dodo released an interesting compilation that explores the borderlands of Swedish folklore and mystery, From a Distant Shore. Unlike many compilations with one track by each...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-10)

Comet Gain - Fireraisers, Forever!

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Comet Gain is a London-based punk and soul and damaged rock 'n' roll band. Long-term members include David Feck (AKA David Christian), Rachel Evans, Jon Slade, Kay Ishikawa, Anne-Laure...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-07)

Crocodile - Howling Mad Black Music under Hot Stars

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Austin prog band Crocodile realeased their second album on October 1, 2019. The album title Howling Mad Black Music under Hot Stars (HMBMUHS) and the artwork echo the 70s, but not...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-04-01)

De Press - Body Manifest

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Every once in a while I am totally taken by surprise and blown away by an album sent for review. When a new album arrives I put it in my queue and don’t listen to it until I am ready to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-29)

Led Bib - It's Morning

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This album (the band’s eighth) brings big changes for Led Bib. The band has always consisted of Mark Holub (drums), Liran Donin (bass), and Toby McLaren (keyboards) with the dual alto saxes...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-28)

Various Artists - Music of the Piano Mill 2017, 2018 and 2019

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Harrigans Lane Collective in Willsons Downfall, Australia, is the home of the Piano Mill, a center for explorative interdisciplinary projects in rural Australia with a focus on architecture, music,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-27)

Crystal Jacqueline - A Prayer for the Birds

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Over the past ten years Crystal Jacqueline has grown and blossomed as a singer and musician. Her latest solo album is A Prayer for the Birds, co-written with her musical and life partner...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-26)

Crystal Jacqueline - A Prayer for the Birds

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With each new release, Crystal Jacqueline solidifies her place as one of the prime current exponents of acid folk. But even aside from genre labels or comparisons with her other work, A Prayer...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-26)

Sarah Pagé - Dose Curves

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When “Dose Curves” starts, a listener would probably never guess that the sounds are being made by a harp. Under a sheen of reverb, there seems to be a bowed string, so the first...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-25)

Bernie Shaw & Dale Collins - Too Much Information

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Before Bernie Shaw joined up as lead singer of Uriah Heep in 1986, he was part of the vibrant Victoria BC music scene. For Too Much Information he has teamed up with one of his old...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-24)

David Woodcock - Normal Life

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Brit singer songwriter David Woodcock’s second album, Normal Life, was recorded over a two year period of various recording sessions. The resulting thirteen songs are quite a mixture...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-23)

Hawkestrel - The Future Is Us

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Hawkwind fans who haven’t been getting enough of the space rock they love from Hawkwind itself can rejoice in Hawkestrel, the latest project by long-time Hawkwind bassman Alan Davey....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-22)

Robert Rich - Tactile Ground

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One can always count on Robert Rich to deliver something interesting, and his 2019 release, Tactile Ground, most definitely delivers the goods for anyone seeking out a gently floating mesh...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-21)

The Monochrome Set - Fabula Mendax

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The new Monochrome Set album, Fabula Mendax, is based on manuscripts written in the 15th Century by Armande de Pange, a companion of Joan of Arc. The phrase "fabula mendax" is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-20)

Malcolm Galloway - Transitions

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In addition to his work leading the progressive rock band Hats off Gentlemen It’s Adequate, Malcolm Galloway has built up a substantial catalog of non-rock recordings, with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-19)

Soft Hearted Scientists - Please Read Me

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After a lengthy break, these enigmatic scientists returned to the studio in early 2019 to record a cover tune for a year-end Fruits de Mer retrospective that is appearing this spring, but Keith...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-17)

Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles IV - The Door into Summer

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Chromlech Chronicles IV is the final installment of the Sendelica series of extended instrumental jams. To end this series Sendelica and Fruits de Mer decided to release something special...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-14)

Alex's Hand - Hungarian Spa

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From the very beginning, Alex’s Hand has been a band with a distinctive vision of what they wanted to sound like — or maybe I should say “visions,” since their sound has...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-13)

The Worm Ouroboros - The Endless Way from You

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The last time we heard from Belarus band The Worm Ouroboros was back in 2013, with the release of their debut album Of Things That Never Were, which we

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-12)

London Underground - Space Edition

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About a year ago I reviewed London Underground’s fourth album Four that was released on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-11)

District 97 - Screens

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With so much music coming out every year, there’s no way to keep up, so when I saw District 97 play at Seaprog 2019, I’d never really heard them before. Their stock in trade could be...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-10)

Frank Makowski - Canon der Finsternisse

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Frank Makowski is a German electronic composer and musician, active since the early 90s as a solo artist recording under a variety of monikers (Tranquility, The Speed of Dark) as well as being a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-09)

Sendelica / Secret Knowledge / The Orb - Windmill

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Last Summer Fruits de Mer released a very special one-off 12” single featuring Sendelica, Secret Knowledge, and The Orb, which has subsequently sold out. Sendelica is well-known to FdM fans,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-08)

Alan Simon - Chouans

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After presenting epic musical epics dealing with Celtic history and legend, the origins of the universe, and who knows what else, Alan Simon epically moves on to the epic story of the French...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-05)

Jean-Jacques Chardeau - In Terra Cognita?

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Chardeau’s latest project, In Terra Cognita?, is a dreamy musical journey around the globe, fifteen tracks featuring an astonishing number of top-flight musicians and singers, twenty...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-04)

Orsak:Oslo - Orsak:Oslo

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Orsak:Oslo was formed by guitarist Christian Andersson, a Swede living in Oslo. He got together with some local guys (drummer Øyvind Minsaas, bassist Peter Nilsson, and second guitarist...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-07)

Frédéric Gerchambeau / Bruno Karnel - Amra

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I’ve been listening to this collaboration between these two French artists for about four months now, scratching my head, trying to figure it out, trying to think of something intelligent I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-06)

Jack Ellister - When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease / Supernaut

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Last year Jack Ellister was voted Fruits de Mer’s favorite solo artist by the label’s members, and FdM has been releasing Jack’s music since 2012. Jack’s latest FdM single...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-03-01)

This Frilly Ape - Lovely Mutant Cauliflower

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Every once in a great while I have to review something that is such a difficult listen that, no matter how many times I try, I end up aborting the endeavor well before the album is even half...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-16)

Lisa Maxwell's Jazz Orchestra - Shiny!

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There was a time (before the birth of most readers of this website) when the big band was the primary unit of both jazz and popular music. Hundreds of groups consisting of 16 or more musicians...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-03)

North Sea Radio Orchestra - Folly Bololey - Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom

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With an album like this one, which presents a selection of Robert Wyatt songs arranged for chamber orchestra plus a rhythm section, I feel like that’s all I should need to say to get readers...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-29)

Noah Preminger - Zigsaw

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Noah Preminger’s latest release finds him at the helm of a group featuring Jason Palmer (trumpet), John O’Gallagher (alto sax), Kris Davis (piano), Kim Cass (bass), Rudy Royston...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-26)

Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive - Ragmala - A Garland of Ragas

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At its core, music is an ephemeral art which exists only in its moment of performance. In the hundred years and a bit, the advent of recording technology has changed this somewhat, allowing the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-23)

Vacuum Tree Head - Rhizomique

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We last heard from VTH in 2018 with their two excellent EP-length releases Aasraa and Botofogos in Shadow Position. Fact is, it’s pretty hard to track down information on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-13)

Colour Haze - We Are

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from this Munich-based band, now nominally a four-piece with guests. By my count this is their sixteenth recording since their debut in 1995, but the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-25)

Quimper - I Am an Italian Souvenir

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The prolific Quimper has released another EP of avant electronics, I Am an Italian Souvenir. The four-track EP clocks in at 14 minutes and features what we have come to expect from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-02-21)

Fighting Kites - Mustard after Dinner - An Anthology of Fighting Kites

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Mustard after Dinner is a free downloadable anthology of non-album material from North London’s Fighting Kites (2006-2012). Pulling together their self-releases, compilation...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-02-15)

Randy Brecker / Ada Rovatti - Brecker Plays Rovatti - Sacred Bond

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Now well into his 70s, trumpeter Randy Brecker shows no signs of slowing down, with several notable releases to his credit in the last few years. Sacred Bond finds him teaming up with his...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-20)

Toiling Midgets - Sea of Tranquility

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After seeing the name Toiling Midgets around for decades, Sea of Tranquility is my first time actually listening to them. This music could be described as (mostly) instrumental post-rock,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-17)

Sonar - The Bill Laswell Mix Translations & Tranceportation Vol. 1

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It could fairly be said that if you’ve heard one Sonar album, you’ve heard them all. Their basic idiom is quite fixed, with repeated grooves in varying meters topped by interlocking...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-14)

Sonar - The Bill Laswell Mix Translations & Tranceportation Vol. 1

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It could fairly be said that if you’ve heard one Sonar album, you’ve heard them all. Their basic idiom is quite fixed, with repeated grooves in varying meters topped by interlocking...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-14)

The Supertones - Unknown and Other Hits From Outer Space

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A surf rock band from New York City, who woulda thought? Plus they’ve released about ten albums before this one, starting in the early 90s with their debut The Big Wet Twang, none of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-10)

TEAR - Secret Music & City of Memories

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In late 2019 Markus Reuter (Touch Guitar, electronics) and Mark Wingfield (electric guitar, electronics) released two albums of music under the moniker TEAR. Both of these were previously recorded...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-29)

TEAR - Secret Music & City of Memories

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In late 2019 Markus Reuter (Touch Guitar, electronics) and Mark Wingfield (electric guitar, electronics) released two albums of music under the moniker TEAR. Both of these were previously recorded...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-29)

DulceMuse - Musette

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DulceMuse is the nom-de-plume of composer and multi-instrumentalist Katje Janisch's folktronic project – she works with synths to manipulate folk instrument textures into a matrix over...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-23)

PoiL - Sus

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In the ranks of bands playing complex, noisy music, PoiL surely has a special place. Their music is so packed full of changes in rhythm and tempo that it can be challenging for listeners to keep...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-05)

Steve Eulberg - Between the Tracks

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Steve Eulberg describes himself as a ‘traveling, performing, teaching musician’ in San Mateo, California, right across the bridge from where I called home for over thirty years in the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-04)

Fernando Perdomo - Out to Sea 2 & The Crimson Guitar

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On Out to Sea 2, Fernando Perdomo continues his musical tribute to his favorite artists of the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-11)

Fernando Perdomo - Out to Sea 2 & The Crimson Guitar

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On Out to Sea 2, Fernando Perdomo continues his musical tribute to his favorite artists of the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-11)

Philip Zoubek / Ivann Cruz / Marcin Witkowski - Radium

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Ivann Cruz is the “C” in TOC, and an accomplished and adventurous French guitarist (we reviewed his solo album

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-14)

Oval Planet - Trench Poems

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Oval Planet is an electronic project led by guitarist and synthesist Pete Prown, with support from Jerry King on bass, guitar and synthesizer, and Dave Newhouse on flute, saxes and clarinet. While...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-14)

Church of Hed - The Fourth Hour

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Church of Hed is the solo project of Quarkspace drummer and synthesist Paul Williams, and The Fourth Hour is the latest in a long string of albums (not the fourth, in fact it’s the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-20)

Grup Ses / Elektro Hafız - Varyete

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Varyete is the collaborative and split release by Istanbul’s beats scene artist and archivist Grup Ses and Turkish electric saz musician Elektro Hafız, now residing in Köln,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-16)

Roland Bühlmann - Crucial

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Some readers might be familiar with the early Jade Warrior albums, where heavy rock riffs were paired with relatively minimal percussion (sometimes not including a drum kit). I bring this up not...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-08)

Max Corbacho - Echo of Longing

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Offering a powerful sense of otherworldly ambient drift, Max Corbacho’s latest Echo of Longing was created over a four year period from 2015 to 2019, released near the end of last...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-17)

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)

Jim Basnight - Not Changing

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“Power pop” is a genre with fairly fuzzy edges, and there are probably fans who argue about which artists are and are not properly labeled with it. I witnessed a discussion online...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-02-02)

LFant - LFant

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LFant is the solo effort of Guilhem Meier, drummer of PoIL, Icsis, PinioL, Ukandanz, Pili Coit, Le Grand Sbam, etc. He plays prepared drums and the result can be summed up as self-indulgent...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-02-12)

Aldi dallo Spazio - Quasar

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Rarely do I come across an album that is outstanding from the opening note until the last note fades into silence. I was surprised and excited, to say the least, when I listened to Aldi dallo...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-02-09)

Chelique Sarabia - Revolución Electrónica en Música Venezolana

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In the early 70s, Venezuelan composer and arranger Chelique Sarabia decided to record an album of Venezuelan traditional and folk songs, but with an updated modern touch using musical instruments...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-02-06)

O.R.k. - Ramagehead

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This multinational band continues with its winning formula on their third album, blending intense rock with atmospheric production and some avant tendencies into a distinctive style all their own....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-01-30)

The Galileo 7 - There Is Only Now & Too Late

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British psych-beat-garage band The Galileo 7 released their sixth album There Is Only Now and accompanying single in June 2019. Over the last ten years The Galileo 7 have evolved into a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-02-03)

The Galileo 7 - There Is Only Now & Too Late

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British psych-beat-garage band The Galileo 7 released their sixth album There Is Only Now and accompanying single in June 2019. Over the last ten years The Galileo 7 have evolved into a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-02-03)

Henry Kaiser / Anthony Pirog / Jeff Sipe / Tracy Silverman / Andy West - Five Times Surprise

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Among the many ways to categorize music is the axis from strictly composed to freely improvised, which has the advantage of being completely objective. A listener can subjectively say they prefer...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-01-09)

Harvey Valdes - Solitude Intones Its Echo

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I first encountered guitarist Harvey Valdes with his trio, which features violin and drums and plays his inventive compositions. With Solitude Intones Its Echo, we get a 38 minute set of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-01-27)

Yoko Miwa Trio - Keep Talkin'

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Yoko Miwa’s newest trio release plies the same stream as Pathways (2017) — spirited...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-01-06)

Bill Bruford's Earthworks - Heavenly Bodies Expanded Edition

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In conjunction with the giant Bill Bruford’s Earthworks Complete box set, which contains 20 CDs and 4 DVDs, we have an expanded version of Heavenly Bodies, a compilation...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-01-21)

Ciro Perrino - Planets

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Forty years after its original intended release date, we have what should have been Ciro Perrino’s solo electronic debut in ‘79. Recall at that time Celeste was on hiatus, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-08)

Jeremy Cubert Project - Elephant in the Room

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Nearly 20 years ago I reviewed From A to B, an album featuring a Jeremy Cubert Project...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-01-24)

Sirjoe Project - Letze Baum

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Letze Baum is a cautionary concept album about an eventual environmental apocalypse, based on a quote from Chief Sitting Bull. And like many concept albums, Letze Baum tends to be...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-31)

Paolo Siani ft. Nuova Idea - The Leprechaun's Pot of Gold

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It has been two years since Paolo’s previous album, Faces with No Traces. His new album is The Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold, though not near as interesting as Faces...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-25)

Amy Denio - Eureka

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Amy Denio is a musical (as well as linguistic) polyglot. Her music has taken her around the world, with frequent trips to Eastern Europe, and she has absorbed language and culture deep into her...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-31)

Sally Barry - Renditions

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Sally Barry is a singer with a musical career that started in the mid-80s New York punk scene, but Renditions is a small-scale effort that might be called outsider art-folk. Like many...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-31)

Kinetic Element - The Face of Life

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When The Face of Life arrived I was unfamiliar with the band Kinetic Element, and I’ll admit that my first few listens to the CD left me cold and even dreading having to write a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-01-18)

Freddy Delirio and the Phantoms - The Cross

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Based on my previous exposure to Freddy Delirio’s music on his reissued solo album Journey, I expected The Cross to be a keyboard-dominated gothic Italian prog album....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-22)

La Janara - Tenebra

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La Janara is an Italian progressive goth band named after a legendary mysterious creature in Irpinia, a district of the Apennine Mountains in Southern Italy, about 50 km east of Naples. Janara is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-19)

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)

Dewa Budjana & Tohpati - Janapati

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Certainly Janapati is an ambitious project by these two outstanding Indonesian guitarists who should be well known to all readers of Exposé, since we've covered many of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-27)

Bertrand Loreau - Eternal Sorrows

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If one searches around on the web, most sites will show Bertrand Loreau’s first release as Prière, from 1993 on Musea Parallele, an association that lasted for seven releases...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-20)

Anthony Phillips - Strings of Light

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“Seven Long Years” was the closing track on Phillips’ 1978 album Private Parts and Pieces, perhaps a foetelling of the long seven year wait since his last album, City...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-11)

Corciolli - Imaginary Brazil

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An accomplished pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, Corciolli (he’s one of those guys with only one name) is probably best known for his film music scores, with over a dozen...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-08)

Fungus Family - The Key of the Garden

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Italian neo-prog group Fungus have released their fourth album, this time as Fungus Family, The Key of the Garden named after a song on their previous album, The Face of Evil....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-16)

The Night Times - Watch Your Step / I Got My Mind on You

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Los Angeles garage-rock sensations The Night Times have released a new single, “Watch Your Step” b/w “I Got My Mind on You,” two high-power three-minute songs. “Watch...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-13)

Macchina Pneumatica - Riflessi e Maschere

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Macchina Pneumatica is a neo-Italian prog band that pays homage to their forebears, wiith Riflessi e Maschere being their debut album. And a killer it is! Coming together in Milan in 2013,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-10)

The Blues against Youth - Evil Flatmates

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Refreshing. Authentic. And if you did not know better, you would swear that you were listening to one of the masters of Delta Blues. But more fool you. The Blues against Youth (TBAY) is in reality...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-07)

Ghost Rhythms - Live at Yoshiwara

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There are bands operating in the avant-jazz realm that are all-out crazy energy all the time. Then there are bands like Ghost Rhythms that are more subtle and subversive, lulling listeners into a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-22)

Kathleen Supové - Eye to Ivory

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Prior to hearing the recording at hand, my only knowledge of pianist Kathleen Supové was her contributions to Doctor Nerve and the Sirius String Quartet’s Ereia, Michael...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-05)

Arkhe - Origen

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Arkhe is the international duo of Canadian guitarist Fraser MacNeil and Chilean vocalist Jimmy P. Torres. Origen is their first release, an EP of six tunes for a total of 24 minutes. The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-04)

Adventure - New Horizon

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There is a lot of exciting music coming out of Norway, and the newest band for me is the melodic prog-rock band Adventure from Trondheim. Even though New Horizons is their fourth album, it...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-01-01)

Sleepyard - Winter Crickets

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For their fifth full length album, Norwegian band Sleepyard brings together a number of styles that collectively mine the introspective, ambient, shoegaze vein tastefully with some occasional...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-02)

Trojka - Tre Ut

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Hailing from Bergen, Norway, Trojka is a trio that produces a mixture of prog jazz and groovy pop songs. Trojka is Gjert Hermansen (vocals, drums), August Riise (vocals, keys), and Simon Kverneng...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-12-29)

Alwanzatar - Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress

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Norwegian electronic wizard Alwanzatar is back with his third release, Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress, an album that continues to explore his unique take on tribal space rock. Predominantly...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-12-26)

Cloud over Jupiter with John Shirley - Short Stories for Tall Aliens

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Rock music infused with science fiction is nothing new, going back to the 60s, with plenty of examples offering varying levels of success on both musical and science-fictional levels. There has...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-28)

Glutton - Eating Music

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A glutton is an excessively greedy eater, and the Norwegian alt-rock power trio Glutton consumes music and influences and produces music that defies categorization. Released in May 2019, their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-12-23)

DarWin - Origin of Species

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“We have sufficient computational power to establish control over all networks and computers on Earth.” So begins the epic concept album Origin of Species by DarWin, with a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-25)

Curved Air - Live at Under the Bridge - The 45th Anniversary Concert

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Seems like only yesterday that I was listening to an FM station in Los Angeles when they played a song called “Vivaldi with Cannons” by a band called Curved Air Conditioning (or so I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-24)

Remy - Exhibition of Dreams - 20th Anniversary Box Set

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Remy Stroomer was born in 1979 in Haarlem in the Netherlands, and began taking keyboard lessons at the age of nine, and in the mid-90s while still in high school he joined with other bands and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-21)

Isabelle Olivier / Rez Abbasi - Oasis

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A big part of my enjoyment of music, and certainly what pushes my exploration forward, is finding something that pushes a boundary, defies conventions, and piques the imagination in a way that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-19)

Molo - Earthsongs

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I grew up listening to American Country music. It was frequently played in my home, though not exclusively, and I credit my parents for also including some light Classical music in their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-18)

Brother Saturn - Music for Sleep

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If there was ever a perfectly titled album, Brother Saturn’s Music for Sleep is it. Brother Saturn is the musical alias of Colorado based multi-instrumentalist and composer Drew...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-15)

Trio Dhoore - August

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Three brothers from Flanders (in Belgium) founded the band in 2010 to create original instrumental music rooted in Flemish traditional sounds, with August being their fourth offering....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-17)

October Equus - Presagios

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It’s been half a dozen years since their previous full band studio album Permafrost, but it’s no surprise given the elaborate compositions and complex arrangements, which are...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-30)

Potter's Daughter with Annie Haslam - Blood and Water & This Winter's Child

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Potter’s Daughter is a band built around singer and pianist Dyanne Potter Voegtlin. She is backed by Amit Chatterjee (guitar) and Ian C. Voegtlin (guitar, saxophone) as full-time band...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-16)

Potter's Daughter with Annie Haslam - Blood and Water & This Winter's Child

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Potter’s Daughter is a band built around singer and pianist Dyanne Potter Voegtlin. She is backed by Amit Chatterjee (guitar) and Ian C. Voegtlin (guitar, saxophone) as full-time band...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-16)

Moon over Mountain - The Colors of Life

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Moon Over Mountain is the Colorado based duo of Ken Roberts on keyboards (piano, synthesizer, mellotron) and electronic drums, and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Megan Buness, the latter...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-13)

Kraan - The Trio Years - Zugabe!

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Those who are familiar with Kraan throughout their career know that they have some excellent studio recordings, but where they really hit their stride is in a live setting, as any of their previous...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-11)

Stereo Total - Ah! Quel Cinéma!

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Euro lofi twisted pop duo Stereo Total is back with their twelfth album, Ah! Quel Cinéma! If earlier albums resonated with influences from chanson, trash or disco to punk,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-12-08)

Forrest Fang - Ancient Machines

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Early on, which for Forrest Fang would be the 80s, much of his music was textural and minimalist, all things moving slowly through an ever-evolving listening space. Albums like Some Brighter...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-06)

Various Artists (Billy Sherwood) - A Prog Rock Christmas

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For fans of mainstream progressive rock who also love Christmas music, Billy Sherwood has you covered. With A Prog Rock Christmas, he's assembled an all-star cast of prog luminaries to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-04)

Tomeka Reid Quartet - Old New

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For her quartet, cellist Tomeka Reid joins up with two thirds of Thumbscrew — Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) — and bassist Jason Roebke, a Chicago musician with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-10)

Polly Gibbons - All I Can Do

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Polly Gibbons is a jazz singer from, of all places, a small town in Suffolk, England, the daughter of a farmer. None of which you would guess from listening to her. This is straight-up classic...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-07)

Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband - Tor & Vale

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Mark Wingfield and Gary Husband are two musicians we’ve encountered before in a fairly wide variety of settings. Wingfield is on a number of releases on Moonjune in various configurations...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-05)

Sirkis / Bialas IQ - Our New Earth

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Asaf Sirkis is an Israeli born drummer, composer and bandleader, now resident in the United Kingdom. He has played with Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble, his own Asaf Sirkis Trio, albums...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-04)

Ola Onabulé - Point Less

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Ola Onabulé is a London-born singer whose music can be categorized in various ways depending on how you look at it. There are aspects of jazz and latin at times, with occasional flavors from...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-03)

Pak - Bestial

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Pak has been around since around 2000, mostly in a trio formation, and members have come and gone over that nineteen year period; the one constant throughout the lineup changes is guitarist Ron...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-02)

Lo Zoo di Berlino - Resistenze Elettriche

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Lo Zoo di Berlino is an Italian instrumental trio (keyboards, bass, and drums) that has been making music since 2000. Their latest album, Resistenze Elettriche, features Patrizio Fariselli...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-29)

Crystal Beth - Push Thru

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Push Thru is an album built from a very small number of elements. There is a human voice, a clarinet, and a bass clarinet, all handled by Beth Fleenor with the use of a few electronic...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-11-22)

Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno - In Rock

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Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno (RRR) formed in the early 70s in Rome and released their debut album Per....Un Mondo di Cristallo in 1972. They played a few Italian pop festivals in 1972 and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-26)

Ryorchestra - DMK

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I love it when a musician known for one kind of music ventures into a different style and manages to nail it. My view that genre labels mean nothing is reinforced when, for example, a saxophonist...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-11-19)

Pete Um - As You Were

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The first thing you notice about As You Were is the disturbing cover art of a mentally deranged clown sawing his arm off. Is this someone suffering from Body Identity Disorder or Body...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-23)

Datura 4 - Blessed Is the Boogie

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Blessed Is the Boogie is the third album by the Western Australian band Datura4, fronted by Dom Mariani. Here we have ten brand new songs recorded in a studio farmhouse in Fremantle....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-20)

Robert Carl - Splectra

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Carl is a prolific composer, currently resident in Hartford, Connecticut, where he is chair of the composition department at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. While he has less than a dozen...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-12-09)

Matt Sargent - Separation Songs

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With Separation Songs, upstate-New York based composer, guitarist, music technologist, and audio engineer Matt Sargent makes his first appearance in the pages of Exposé....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-15)

Care of the Cow - Dogs' Ears Are Stupid

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Care of the Cow was a trio based out of Chicago in the early 80s who played a fascinating blend of psychedelic folk, minimal electronics, and post punk weirdness. Their second album,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-17)

Rhys Marsh - October after All

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My last encounter with Rhys Marsh’s solo career was Sentiment (2014), which was a lovely set of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-11-13)

Action & Tension & Space - Explosive Meditations

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The latest release by this Norwegian quartet of sonic improvisers offers a powerful trio of extended tracks with no vocals (some occasional shouts buried deep in the mix are barely audible at the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-07)

Human Ottoman - Rampage

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With their third release, this Portland, Oregon band stays true to their past while not repeating themselves. In the time since Farang (2015), founding members Susan Lucia (drums) and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-12-01)

Mareike Wiening - Metropolis Paradise

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Thinking about jazz groups led by drummers in my recent reviews, Mark Lomax, II is the most prominent, but I’ve also covered Sean Noonan, Jeff Siegel, John Hollenbeck (The Claudia Quintet),...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-11-28)

Cousin Silas & Sergio Mariani - Ho Katechon

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The album at hand is an expansive floating ambient panoramic soundscape that calms the nerves and soothes the spirit, a perfect coupling between the busy world of consciousness and the relaxed...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-30)

One of Hours - When You Hear the Music, It's Yours

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Winding the clock back to 1966 in Lexington, Kentucky, a group of friends at the University of Kentucky got together to form the garage-psych band One of Hours. They released their first 45,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-14)

Rudy Adrian - Woodlands

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The latest in a series of deep ambient explorations, Woodlands’ inspiration comes from the natural beauty in his home country of New Zealand, as did Coastlines,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-27)

Marc Wagnon - Interesting Times

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Swiss born, New York based percussionist Mark Wagnon should need no introduction to long-time readers of Exposé, but since this is his first release in almost ten years, all should...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-24)

IMA - The Flowers Die in Burning Fire - 炎の中で死にゆく花

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IMA is the duo of Hong Kong born (now based in California) electronic sound artist Amma Ateria and Japanese percussionist Nava Dunkelman. Their music is an explorative and impressionist offering of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-21)

Chemistry Set - The Incomplete Fabulous Stinking

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Seattle in the 80s was a hotbed of musical activity, much of it centered around the heavy rock of punk-inflected bands that eventually gave birth to what the world knew as grunge rock. But among...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-11-25)

Lunar Cape - Lunar Folk Tales

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In 2015 the Russian extraterrestrial band Lunar Cape released their debut album, Just Lunatics....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-11)

Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda - Four

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The free cosmic music that pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist / flutist Joe Fonda create together is at once magical and liberating, feelings that are easily convered by the musicians as they work...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-18)

Gintonic - 3

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Gintonic is a Basque band that plays a mixture of progressive and jazz-influenced rock, with elements of classical music. The band members (Aurkene Núñez - keyboards and vocals; Mario...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-08)

Michael Byron - Bridges of Pearl and Dust

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For a number of years, composer Michael Byron has been on Exposé’s radar, beginning with his 2003 full length release Awakening at the Inn of the Birds, and more...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-12)

Steve Roach - Trance Archeology

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One has to wonder, after so many years and so many releases, how does an artist like Steve Roach come up with new ideas that don’t sound like what he’s done before? Some reference...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-03)

Jamie Saft / Steve Swallow / Bobby Previte - You Don't Know the Life

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Unlike this trio’s last outing, Loneliness Road (2017), You Don’t Know the Life ventures out of the piano trio mold with other keyboard instruments in the mix, mostly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-11-10)

Wadada Leo Smith - Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs

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Wadada Leo Smith’s tribute to and meditation on civil rights icon Rosa Parks takes the form of an oratorio, seven songs interspersed among instrumental passages for a variety of different...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-11-01)

Bizirik - Ceremonia

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Bizirik is one Cristián Larrondo who was the bassist and Chapman Stick player for Mar de Robles, a fine Chilean band that released two excellent albums in the early to mid 2000s on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-09)

Bart Hawkins - 21 Pulse Eclipse

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The opening cut, “Dream Meditation,” on Bart Hawkins’ Spotted Peccary debut 21 Pulse Eclipse begins with an expansive and dreamy three chord loop, not unlike Patrick...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-11-06)

Cloud - Live at Kulak's Woodshed

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Kulak's Woodshed is a live recording studio / venue in North Hollywood, CA. Live at Kulak’s Woodshed is brief but breathless audio and video recording from Cloud (Tyler Taormina,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-05)

Autumn Tears - Colors Hidden within the Gray

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As of this writing, we have four bands on the Expose site with the word “Autumn” in their name: Autumn Electric, Autumn Tears, Autumn’s Grey Solace, and Mostly Autumn. Of these,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-11-04)

The Catenary Wires - Til the Morning

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A catenary is the curve that a chain or cable assumes under its own weight when supported from two fixed points. Its graceful beauty lies in its simplicity. When Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-11-02)

Ale Hop - Apophenia

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Ale Hop is Peruvian expat Alejandra Cardenas, now living, studying, and working in Berlin. She is a researcher, artist, and experimental instrumentalist, who makes her living creating film scores...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-21)

Professor Tip Top - Hybrid Hymns

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Hybrid Hymns finds Professor Tip Top very much in the same vein as their previous album, 2017’s

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-30)

Sam Rosenthal - Tanzmusik

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Rosenthal is best known as the founder of Projekt records and the leader of the band Black Tape for a Blue Girl, but Tanzmusik pre-dates both, released in ‘85 when Rosenthal was...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-29)

Angus McOg - Beginners

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This Italian band has a lot in common with jangly melodic music of the 80s from bands like The Feelies, The Sundays, The Church, The Go-Betweens, and so on. The use of Mellotron sounds adds in a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-28)

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)

Sean Noonan Pavees Dance - Tan Man's Hat

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Sean Noonan’s project called Pavees Dance is a very unusual entity that makes very interesting music. Jazz and rock meld to back mostly-spoken vocals in a way I’ve never heard before,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-26)

Guarino Savoldelli Quintet - Core 'ngrato

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While he only has about a half dozen prior releases over an extended period of time, solo and in collaboration, pianist and arranger Corrado Guarino is known well on the Italian jazz scene. For...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-15)

Shining Pyramid - Children of the Stones

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Shining Pyramid is the London-based duo of guitarist Nick Adams and keyboardist Peter Jeal, who play a modern impressionist-based flavor of instrumental progressive rock. Children of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-13)

Sales de Baño - Geometria del Vinculo

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Geometría del Vínculo translates to ‘Geometry of the Bond’ in English, and is a wholly appropriate title for this, the third album by Buenos Aires based six-piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-13)

Dr. Mark Lomax, II - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols. 5 - 8

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Moving along from the first section of 400: An Afrikan Epic by composer / percussionist Dr. Mark Lomax, II (

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-24)

Dr. Mark Lomax, II - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols. 5 - 8

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Moving along from the first section of 400: An Afrikan Epic by composer / percussionist Dr. Mark Lomax, II (

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-24)

Dr. Mark Lomax, II - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols. 5 - 8

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Moving along from the first section of 400: An Afrikan Epic by composer / percussionist Dr. Mark Lomax, II (

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-24)

Dr. Mark Lomax, II - 400: An Afrikan Epic, Vols. 5 - 8

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Moving along from the first section of 400: An Afrikan Epic by composer / percussionist Dr. Mark Lomax, II (

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-24)

Polly Fae - Dreamwalkers

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It’s always an interesting situation when one ‘discovers’ an artist who already has eight previous releases. Where have I been all that time? Polly Fae, for those eight previous...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-11)

Moron Police - A Boat on the Sea

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Sometimes you can just look at the cover of an album and have a pretty good idea – in a general sense – what the music is like. I used this method all the time back in the 60s and 70s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-19)

Halma - The Ground

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The latest release from German quartet Halma finds the band flying through deep yet gentle grooves, sometimes at high speed, some at lesser speed, bassist Gundi Voigt and drummer Fiona McKenzie...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-25)

Niall Mc Guigan - Spiritual Anarchy

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Mc Guigan is an Irish musician and practicing music therapist, specializing in medical ethnomusicology (music and healing within shamanic and neo-shamanic traditions). Over the years he has played...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-27)

Exit North - Book of Romance and Dust

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When you listen to Exit North’s debut album, the first thing that will really stand out is the voice of Thomas Feiner, which resembles Scott Walker as much as anyone. He has a tone that is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-22)

Phil Keaggy / Tony Levin / Jerry Marotta - The Bucket List

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Here we have a somewhat unassuming album featuring three musicians of note. Tony Levin needs no introduction, and Jerry Marotta should be familiar for his work with Peter Gabriel (and Tony Levin)....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-20)

The Tronosonic Experience - II: The Big Blow

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The title track of The Big Blow reminds me of Soft Machine on Bundles, with a great riff worthy of a comparison to “Hazard Profile” — this in spite of the lack...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-18)

Osamu Kitajima - Torii in the Sea

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Over the years Osamu has released some of the most stunning music, which would easily include 1984’s The Source, 2013’s Over the Brink, and his psychedelic masterpiece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-09)

Ten Worlds - Ten Worlds

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Ten Worlds is the latest foray into the area of vocal jazz by french pianist Stefan Orins, who composed all of the music on the eleven titles herein. Of equal importance is singer Karine...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-06)

Jarguna - Prospettive Animiche

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Jarguna is the project name of Italian ethno-ambient artist Marco Billi who has been plying his trade and refining his style for at least a dozen years. His explorative, meditative drones create an...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-01)

Baaden / Cremer - Aufbruch

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Those of you who have been around a while probably remember MySpace as the go-to place for music, which has since been replaced by Bandcamp. Back in the day, electronic musician Andreas Baaden was...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-09-30)

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband - The Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra - Rocks

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A couple of years ago I reviewed RandyPop! which was a live collection that served to highlight the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-20)

Astral TV - Travelling the Circuits

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There is a bit more than straight-up improvisation in this second offering from Astral TV, the synthesizer duo of Rasmus Rasmussen (from Causa Sui) and Keith Canisius. With Rasmussen’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-03)

Lee Abraham - Comatose

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Abraham was the bassist of Galahad from 2005 until 2009. Unfortunately my familiarity with Galahad ends with Following Ghosts (1998) and I’ve never heard any recordings by them where...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-27)

Moon Men - Uncomfortable Space Probe & 3

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Moon Men is an unconventional musical collective, though it’s a stretch to call them a band, maybe a recording project would be a more accurate term. Uncomfortable Space Probe is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-25)

Spirit - The Complete Potatoland

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I said it before and will say it again, Potatoland (originally intended to be the follow-up to Randy California’s Kaptain Kopter and the Fabulous Twirly Birds album) is a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-24)

Fervent Mind - Tranquilize

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The Norwegian band Fervent Mind occupies a very interesting stylistic space, bringing together elements of post-rock, modern progressive rock, and dreamy pop music with great compositions to form a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-10-02)

Humble Pie - Joint Effort

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Back in 1974, Humble Pie was in a very uncertain state. Founding member Steve Marriott had left the band briefly, but was coaxed back to work with Dave Clempson and Jerry Shirley for sessions at...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-29)

Magnatar - Parallel Worlds

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Having been a mandolin player since I was around fifteen years old and having written about half a dozen songs on it, I’ve always wanted to hear a band that made good use of the instrument in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-22)

Cabinets of Curiosity - The Chaos Game

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Listening to Cabinets of Curiosity, it is necessary to leave expectations and preconceptions behind, as they’ll only hinder the experience of listening to this remarkably diverse album. And...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-26)

Nicolas Meier World Group - Peaceful

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Nicolas Meier is an immensely capable Swiss-born and British-based guitarist and composer who works in many styles in quartets, trios, duos, solo, as well as other configurations, and has appeared...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-21)

Tillian - Lotus Graveyard

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There is something about this Israeli prog metal band that I find very appealing. It could be the balance of male — Opher Vishnia (guitar and vocals), Yaron Gilad (guitar), Alon Shulman (bass...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-09-18)

Miguel Flores - Primitivo & Lorca: The Lost Tapes (1989​-​1991)

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From the late 70s to the mid-80s there was a group of Peruvian composers and musicians who attempted to fuse modern experimental and avant-garde compositional techniques while at the same time...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-13)

Le Rex - Escape of the Fire Ants

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Le Rex is back with another set of mutant jazz. With their horns and drums lineup, some comparisons to New Orleans street bands are inevitable, but this Swiss band definitely takes that sound into...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-17)

Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet - Whenufindituwillknow

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I first encountered guitarist Michael Gregory Jackson a couple years ago on Wadada Leo Smith’s

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-14)

Psychic Equalizer - The Sixth Extinction

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Hugo Selles and the Psychic Equalizer are back with a new album, The Sixth Extinction. Hugos’s musical efforts continue to grow, this time integrating elements of progressive rock,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-09-15)

Kouma - AibohphobiA

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AibohphobiA is Kouma’s third album. Kouma is the trio of Romain Dugelay (baritone sax and keyboards), Damien Cluzel (baritone guitar) and Léo Dumont (drums), who have worked...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-09-09)

Liebman, Rudolph & Drake - Chi

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In 2018, we found Dave Liebman and Adam Rudolph collaborating with Tatsuya Nakatani on a fascinating album called

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-08)

The Aristocrats - You Know What...?

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It’s been a few years since The Aristocrats’ last studio album Tres Caballeros, apparently off doing more lucrative projects, tours, and such in the interim. But the trio...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-06)

Tom Dyer - 1 + 1 = ?

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Tom Dyer is something of a musical institution in the Pacific Northwest, having been involved in a variety of endeavors since the 80s, including running the Green Monkey label and being in bands...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-30)

Rascal Reporters - Redux, Vol. 1

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In the annals of eccentric, complicated modern music, Rascal Reporters deserve a special place if they don’t have it already. With a history stretching back to the 70s and a catalog of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-09-03)

Miserable Noise Club - Dust Coated Departure, Frost Confinement & Singles

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Welcome to our first review ever of the musical collective miserable.noise.club, said to be based in Charlotte, North Carolina, but also claiming members in Amman, Jordan and Guangzhou, China....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-22)

Miserable Noise Club - Dust Coated Departure, Frost Confinement & Singles

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Welcome to our first review ever of the musical collective miserable.noise.club, said to be based in Charlotte, North Carolina, but also claiming members in Amman, Jordan and Guangzhou, China....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-22)

Miserable Noise Club - Dust Coated Departure, Frost Confinement & Singles

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Welcome to our first review ever of the musical collective miserable.noise.club, said to be based in Charlotte, North Carolina, but also claiming members in Amman, Jordan and Guangzhou, China....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-22)

Kelly David - Meditation in Green

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With Meditation in Green, Kelly David opens a world of dreamy atmospherics, slow-evolving tapestries that combine passages of ambient electronics, acoustic and electronic percussion, loops...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-29)

Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra - Hiding Out

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For those who appreciate the big-band orchestal jazz sound, Mike Holoder's Gotham Jazz Orchesta's latest release Hiding Out is a two disc set of awe-inspiring compositions,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-26)

Ultra Zook - Ultra Zook

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Over the years France has produced some of the finest progressive rock, as well as some of the strangest, far out music you can imagine. Case in point is the French band Ultra Zook. This trio of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-08-25)

Chocolate - Peru's Master Percussionist (Perspectives on Afro​-​Peruvian Music. The Collection)

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The full title includes the subtitle (Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music. The Collection), and was originally released on the New York-based label Lyrichord way back when it was recorded in 1991....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-16)

Jay Graboski - Just Jay (& His Sonic Sphere of Acquaintance) - Steps 1971-2019

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Jay Graboski has been a mover and shaker in the Baltimore area music scene since the very early 70s, playing in numerous different bands over the years, and what Steps attempts to do is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-07)

Marilyn Mazur's Shamania - Marilyn Mazur's Shamania

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Listening to Marilyn Mazur’s Shamania is like receiving an invitation to visit a new world, one that developed along different lines than ours, where peace and positivity are as...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-07)

Red Kite - Red Kite

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This Norwegian group brings together four names that show up on a lot of other recordings. There’s Even Helte Hermansen on guitar, and he’s also in the band Bushman’s Revenge;...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-27)

Disen Gage - The Big Adventure

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One of the more engaging contemporary Russian progressive bands is Disen Gage. Their latest album of eight instrumental tracks is The Big Adventure. Disen Gage is quite an inventive band,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-08-31)

Steve Roach - Bloom Ascension

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Much like the cover art might suggest, Bloom Ascension uncovers numerous aspects of Roach’s more sequenced interests, melding the more dreamy elements of his floating ambient style...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-20)

Ciolkowska - Avtomat Proshlogo

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Avtomat Proshlogo is transliterated Russian meaning the Automat of the Past, referring to cause and effect or karma, with automat also meaning the virtue of the mind to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-08-28)

Miles Richmond & Peter Grenader (with Steve Roach) - POV

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The two Los Angeles based collaborators Miles Richmond and Peter Grenader have long and varied histories with electronic and experimental music, although much of their work has been making film and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-17)

Wreckless Eric - Transience

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Almost a year after his previous album, Eric Goulden AKA Wreckless Eric, released Transience on May 17, 2019. Whereas his previous album had a Bowie / Bill Nelson flavor,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-08-22)

Nik Turner - The Final Frontier

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With The Final Frontier, Nik Turner gives us another tasty slab of what he’s best at — rollicking space rock with steady grooves, trippy synthesizers, and plenty of Mellotron...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-21)

SEN3 - Vol. II

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SEN3 is a Brit jazz-rock instrumental band consisting of Max O’Donnell (guitar, synths, kalimba, and metallophone), Dan Gulino (bass and synths), and Saleem Raman (drums and percussion)....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-08-19)

Astralasia - A Different Kettle of Fish

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When Keith Jones was combing the Fruits de Mer archives for the tenth anniversary Goldfish compilation, Marc Swordfish of Astralasia was going down an entirely different path of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-08-16)

Akiko-Hamilton-Dechter - Equal Time

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With Equal Time, this trio creates a serious yet fun jazz sound with a simple trio of organ, guitar and drums. Drummer Jeff Hamilton is a veteran player, in addition to his work with the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-09-01)

Videodrones - Atavistic Future

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This Danish synth duo is comprised of Jakob Skøtt and Kristoffer Ovesen, the former being a founding member of the great Causa Sui in addition to having a half dozen solo albums to his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-08)

Karakorum - Fables and Fairytales

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With their second album, Karakorum further develops an interesting combination of progressive rock influences that’s quite distinctive. The title Fables and Fairytales may hint at...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-18)

Monarch - Beyond the Blue Sky

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Far from the base of El Paraiso's operation, which would be Denmark, and also far from their typical sound, which would be the heavy instrumental rock jam-band sound of groups like Causa Sui,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-14)

Chocolate Watchband - This Is My Voice

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The 60s are over. They were over a long time ago, but their musical influence lives on, having left a mark on virtually every genre of music. So when one of the bands that actually went into making...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-12)

Jonas Munk & Nicklas Sørensen - Always Already Here

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We know Jonas Munk from his work as longtime multi-instrumentalist (primarily guitar) and writer in the Danish powerhouse Causa Sui, as well as solo endeavors like 2012's Pan....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-10)

Hanterhir - Our Hour & Songs We Learned in Cornish

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I first encountered Hanterhir on their ambitious epic concept album The Saving of Cadan, the success of which has prompted the band to release these two collections of their earlier...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-09)

Hanterhir - Our Hour & Songs We Learned in Cornish

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I first encountered Hanterhir on their ambitious epic concept album The Saving of Cadan, the success of which has prompted the band to release these two collections of their earlier...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-09)

William Steffey - Reality Jockey

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When I first heard William Steffey’s Reality Jockey, his name didn’t ring a bell, but that’s not because I’d never heard his music before. He was in the band...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-01)

Kit Watkins - Field of View

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It’s always good news whenever Kit Watkins releases new music, and for me, being unaware of his two 2015 releases, the last one I heard was Sky Zone from 2006. When one listens to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-30)

Dizzy Mystics - Wanderlost

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Dizzy Mystics is a band from Winnipeg, Canada, with an interesting and engaging style. In many ways, they remind me of Opposite Day, with strong vocals over complex instrumental backing, but where...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-07)

Erik Griswold / Camerata String Quartet - Hollows out of Time

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The story behind this album starts with the Harrigans Lane Collective, a creative space for explorative artistic interdisciplinary projects in rural Australia with a focus on architecture, music,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-06)

35 Tapes - Lost and Found

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Norwegian trio 35 Tapes is a modern melodic rock band inspired by the progressive rock of the 70s. The sound of the mighty Mellotron, with its 35 tapes to produce notes, made a deep and lasting...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-04)

Security Project - Slowburn

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For their second full-length outing, the all-star Peter Gabriel interpreters tackle seven more tunes from the repertoire, this time bringing in some earlier material. Where Contact relied...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-03)

Fraud Prophets - Poptosis

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The world of studio musicians is a part of the music business that many people don’t know about. Outside of pop stars whose music is primarily the product of producers, we always think of the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-08-01)

Shob - Solide

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Around a year ago I reviewed French bassist Shob’s second album Karma Obscur; since then...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-26)

Lonny Ziblat - Dream Hunting

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Ziblat is an Israeli-Argentinian singer-songwriter and composer of film music now based in Holland, who first came to our attention when he was the leader of the band Modest Midget around the time...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-23)

Akku Quintet - Depart

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Like their previous releases, the five pieces on Depart make superb use of math in their overall concept, seemingly moving forward in multiple simultaneous time signatures, something most...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-02)

Richard Wileman - Cabal of a Thousand Souls

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Songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Richard Wileman is probably best known as the guiding force behind Karda Estra (a dozen full length releases from 2000-2017) and Lives and Times before...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-24)

Ruphus - Ranshart

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Regarding Ranshart:

The Norwegian group Ruphus suffered a drastic lineup shift after their 1973 debut, New Born Day, which resulted in the loss of, among others,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 2000-05-01)

Various Artists - The 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival Live

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Starting back in 2015 with the 13th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival, Fruits de Mer Records has been presenting an annual festival of musicians and bands who have been, currently are, or soon will...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-07-29)

Hermetic Science - Out There - Live 1996-2006

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Ed Macan is a professor of music at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. The sprawling campus is hard to miss as one drives through Northern California on US highway 101. His idea in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-27)

Manfred Mann Chapter III - Radio Days Vol 3 - Live Sessions & Studio Rarities

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Manfred Mann, as of this writing, is just seventeen months shy of his 80th birthday, and what an amazing career he has had with his various bands through all the years, plus soundtracks and other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-20)

Paul K - The Fermi Paradox

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Paul Kirkpatrick is a British composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who operates under the moniker Paul K. On these fourteen tracks he creates a musical homage to Italian...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-18)

Neil Campbell - Last Year's News

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Neil Campbell is a Liverpool based master-guitarist with about twenty releases to his credit, both solo albums and with various ensembles, mostly instrumental, but some with vocals, mostly original...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-18)

Ruphus - New Born Day & Ranshart

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Karisma Records has begun a reissue campaign for the catalog of Norway’s Ruphus, a band formed in 1970 that went through a lot of changes and gained some notoriety in Europe, though they...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-23)

Ruphus - New Born Day & Ranshart

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Karisma Records has begun a reissue campaign for the catalog of Norway’s Ruphus, a band formed in 1970 that went through a lot of changes and gained some notoriety in Europe, though they...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-23)

Magma - Zëss - Le Jour du Néant

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Zëss. Hardcore Magma fans will be familiar with it through two previous official releases: First, there is the Bobino Concert 1981 CD (released in 1995) where we get a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-12)

Caravela Escarlate - Caravela Escarlate

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Caravela Escarlate is Brazilian band in the classic tradition of keyboard trios, Emerson Lake & Palmer being the prototype (or 1-2-3 / Clouds if you want to go a little earlier and less well...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-10)

Jordsjø - Nattfiolen

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With Nattfiolen, Jordsjø proves that their debut album was no fluke. This duo is indeed one of the top progressive rock bands in the world today. Looking at all the qualities that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-17)

Kevin Ferguson - Beauty in Your Head

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Ferguson is a Portland, Oregon based composer and multi-instrumentalist with nine releases to his credit. We reviewed his first album Strad to Strat way back in 1996, a masterful treatment...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-14)

Frédéric l'Épée - The Empty Room

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Master guitarist Frédéric L’Épée has done just about everything, recalling his work with Philharmonie, Yang, Shylock, and numerous solo albums alongside...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-09)

Kepa Härkönen - Spicy Tales & Spacey Tones

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In a general sense, Kepa Härkönen is mostly known as a “surf guitarist” in his native Finland, previously the lead guitarist of The Wristshakers; he’s been honing his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-06)

Lucifer's Friend - Black Moon

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Lucifer’s Friend hit the scene around 1970, a German progressive hard-rock band fronted by the gifted British singer John Lawton, their apparent influences were Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-31)

The Proper Ornaments - 6 Lenins

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6 Lenins is the third release by the London jangle pop group The Proper Ornaments. I was a little thrown off by the disturbing cover art that looks like an execution, as the image does not...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-07-02)

Third Ear Band - Alchemy (Expanded and Remastered)

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This is where it all began for a band so unusual and outside the ‘rock box’ that many at the time may have dismissed them as being too far out. When I first heard Alchemy, I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-30)

Pepa Päivinen / Jussi Miettola - Hirttomiehiä Työväenluokalle

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While it may have enough umlauts to make a metal fan salivate, Hirttomiehiä Työväenluokalle is in fact a highly abstract and atmospheric creation involving various wind...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-01)

Clan Aldo Pinelli - Patagonia

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In his latest release, the Argentine composer and multi-instrumentalist has surrounded himseld with a small orchestra. His previous releases (at least the three that I have heard) have been all...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-08-11)

Nodens Ictus - Live Kozfest 2018

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Nodens Ictus began back in the mid-80s as a subset of Ozric Tentacles performing that type of music in a more ambient style (as opposed to the space rock of Ozrics), specifically guitarist Ed Wynne...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-27)

Cantrip - Authentic Luxury

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In the legions of jazz-rock power trios, Cantrip sets itself apart in several ways. First of all, there’s the guitar of leader Simon Henneman, whose resume includes such diverse settings as...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-06-25)

Phenomena - Anthology

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I’m going to assume that there is a segment of music fans for whom Phenomena is a big deal. I am not a member of that segment, and in fact, I’m not even sure I ever heard of the project...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-25)

IZZ - Don't Panic

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It’s been many years since I’ve heard anything new by IZZ, maybe their second album I Move, but they’ve been busy releasing numerous albums in the interim while I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-03)

Big Big Train - Grand Tour

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I’ve been aware of Big Big Train as long as Exposé has been a going concern, since the days of early albums like Goodbye to the Age of Steam and Gathering...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-30)

Alban & Cédric Theys - Sirius

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Alban and Cédric Theys are French-born brothers now both living out of their mother country. Cédric, the elder brother, now calls Texas home, and he started playing guitar, and then...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-24)

The Spellcasters - Music from the Anacostia Delta

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First question is: What is the Anacostia Delta? One might be forgiven for not knowing, but it’s the area of the East Coast which includes southern Maryland, northern Virginia, and of course...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-18)

Farmhouse Odyssey - Fertile Ground

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This Northern California band has been honing their craft in relative obscurity for several years now, and their dedication is apparent on Fertile Ground, which is their third full-length...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-28)

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)

Hoia - Scavenger

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The man behind the name Hoia is Prateek Rajagopal, who is also known for his work with a metal band called Gutslit. But Hoia is the result of his interest in music outside of the metal genre, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-13)

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)

Walter Holland - Storyteller: Part I

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This album might be the last thing one would expect from Walter Holland: an album of traditional, cover and original folks ongs, especially given that his previous releases were pretty much...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-24)

Wooden Peak - Yellow Walls

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Yellow Walls seems to me like an application of the attitude which produced albums like After the Heat to modern pop music. Wooden Peak is a duo using a combination of guitar and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-07-04)

Lambert - Dimensions of Dreams - Remastered

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At hand is a remastered reissue of Lambert’s sixth album from 1995, whose released works date back to the late 80s. With the addition of a seven minute bonus track “Distance,”...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-15)

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)

Moon Goose - Source Code

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Moon Goose is a new band on Fruits de Mer. They came to Keith Jones’ attention last year on Facebook. Keith really liked what he heard, so he persuaded them to contribute a track, “The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-07-08)

Sverre Knut Johansen with Robert Rich - Precambrian

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What the Norwegian composer and synthesist has created here could be summed up as an instrumental representation of planet Earth’s history in roughly 62 minutes. Precambrian is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-09)

Bibi Den's Tshibayi - Sensible

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Bibi Den’s Tshibayi was born in the Province of Kasaï Occidental, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire) on February 5, 1954. Growing up in a musical family, he...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-07-05)

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)

Sonora Sunrise - The Route through the Canyon

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This Russian band started releasing digital EPs on Bandcamp in 2016, but The Route through the Canyon marks their label debut. Most of the nine tracks on this album have appeared on one or...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-06-22)

Chat Noir - Hyperuranion

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Italian electronic jazz explorers Chat Noir are back after three years with Hyperuranion, and the duo of Michele Cavillari (keyboards) and Luca Fogagnolo (bass) has expanded to a quartet...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-06-19)

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)

Diamusk - Sleepwalkers

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Adisa Zvekić a.k.a. Diamusk is a Bosnian musician currently living in Norway, and Sleepwalkers is the third Diamusk album, and the eighth in her career. The music is primarily reggae and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-29)

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)

Julien Favreuille / Christophe Motury / Stefan Orins - Till Mina Vänner

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A most unusual jazz trio, in that there is no bottom end (drums or bass) to hold down the rhythm, but that’s not to say they’re not there, mostly implied by their absence using the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-03)

Green Seagull - Simeon Brown / Belladonna

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Brit neo-psych rockers Green Seagull released a new single on May 3 that is a taste of things to come on their forthcoming second album, to be released later this year. Both songs are so good that...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-26)

Mandrake Paddle Steamer - Pandemonium Shadow Show

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During their short life as a band (1967 - 1970), Brit psych group Mandrake Paddle Steamer opened for the likes of Pink Floyd, The Nice, and Vanilla Fudge, as well as performing at the Isle of Wight...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-23)

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)

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)

Hasting's Street Opera - Slippery When Wet

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In the late 60s a group of young friends (Harry Wellott, Gordon Carlisle, Don Hathaway, and Chris Nelson) in Montclair, NJ formed the Hasting’s Street Opera, named after an old Detroit blues...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-23)

Hhoogg - Earthling, Go Home!

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Who or what is a Hhoogg? Is it an alien or the sound of a stuttering pig? There is a dearth of information about them, but neither answer is true. Hhoogg is an improvisational quartet of aliens...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-20)

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)

Gabriele Zibret - Happy Songs und Herzenslieder

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A most unusual album, especially for the pages of Exposé, but when a change of pace is in order Happy Songs und Herzenslieder (“Happy Songs and Songs from the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-21)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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Govea - Danza Urbana – This Mexican trio is led by keyboard wizard Salvador Govea, who also handles most of the compositions and arrangements. He is joined by bassist Luis Arturo Guerrero and drummer Victor Baldovinos, the...  (2011) » Read more

José Cid - 10,000 Anos Depois entre Vénus e Marte – The number of Portuguese progressive rock albums is a mighty small one, and despite the occasional rarity, this album and those by the great Tantra are practically the only to have surfaced from this...  (1995) » Read more

Cousins and Conrad - High Seas – The old Strawbs troubadour is back on High Seas, collaborating with guitarist/keyboardist Conny Conrad. Eleven tracks totaling fifty-some minutes, with Cousins singing over backing guitar, keyboards...  (2006) » Read more

Magma - Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz – A two CD set, this contains the second half of the concert begun on Theusz Hamtaahk. The first disc features a stunning and powerful rendition of "Mekanïk Destruktïw...  (1995) » Read more

Aton's - Klein & Wagner – Aton's is led by vocalist / guitarist / keyboardist Pietro Ratto, who is also the sole songwriter for the band. For the most part, the compositions are more interesting rhythmically than...  (1997) » Read more



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