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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Subshine - Easy Window

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-06-10)

Stratus Luna - Stratus Luna

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-19)

Jeff Kelly - Beneath the Stars, Above the River

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-05-14)

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)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-05-17)

Thirteen of Everything - Our Own Sad Fate

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-07)

Satoko Fujii - Stone

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-15)

Tom Eaton - How It Happened

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-09)

The Ed Palermo Big Band - A Lousy Day in Harlem

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-13)

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

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-04)

Emily Bezar - Out of the Moment

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-26)

Djam Karet - A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-28)

Aria Primitiva - Sleep No More

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-25)

Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig - Persistent Visions

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-13)

Kuhn Fu - Chain the Snake

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-06)

Rudolf Heimann - Die Unendlichkeit des Augenblicks

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-08)

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

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-05)

French Boutik - L'Âme de Paris

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-18)

Bobby Beausoleil - Voodoo Shivaya

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-22)

Peter Orins - Happened by Accident

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-03)

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

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-31)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-20)

Massergy - Fire Opal

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-25)

The Honey Pot - Bewildered Jane

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-21)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-05-08)

Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen - Toward the Horizon

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-07)

Robert Forster - Inferno

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-12)

The Telescopes - Exploding Head Syndrome

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-05-09)

Radiant Mind / Steve Roach - Heliosphere

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-10)

Ape Shifter - Ape Shifter II

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-05-19)

Kevin Kastning - Piano I

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-03-29)

Steve Roach - Atmosphere for Dreaming

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-25)

Chris O'Leary - Ashes to Ashes

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Exhibit A

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-03-19)

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord - Harder on the Outside

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-03-26)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-14)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-14)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-14)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-04-14)

Celeste - Il Risveglio del Principe

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-03-23)

Xochitzin & Ixonetzli - True Love Vol.1

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-04-01)

Forrest Fang - The Fata Morgana Dream

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-03-02)

Ed Wynne - Shimmer into Nature

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-02-15)

Metaphor - The Pearl

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-02-18)

Mark Feldman's Level 5 - The Sybil EP

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-02-24)

Latest news

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

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

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

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

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


Previously in Exposé...

Marillion - Clutching at Straws – This EMI reissue has given me an opportunity I thought was long past: to review what I consider to be Marillion's finest moment. When I first discovered Marillion, I was dying for something new to...  (1999) » Read more

Os Mundi - 43 Minuten – Os Mundi, Latin for “origin of the world,” was a 70s Berlin-based band that released only two albums, Latin Mass and 43 Minuten. Both of these Krautrock classics have been much sought after, and...  (2008) » Read more

Bernie Worrell - Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth – Keyboardist Bernie Worrell is no stranger to making friends while making music. Since his initial ground breaking work as keyboardist and synthesizer innovator for Parliament / Funkadelic, the artist...  (2008) » Read more

Rascal Reporters - Happy Accidents – What do you get when you combine two one-man bands? Why, Rascal Reporters of course. Steve Gore and Steve Kretzmer are the men responsible for the music of this highly idiosyncratic American group....  (1997) » Read more

King Crimsom - A Beginners Guide to the King Crimson Collectors' Club – One thing is certain: Robert Fripp and company have found a marketing outlet to appeal to the hard-core Crimson collector. Those of us left in the financial lurch now have a suitable access to the ten...  (2001) » Read more



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