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Celeste - Flashes from Archives of Oblivion

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Among the finest bands that represent the Italian progressive scene in the 70s is Celeste. Even though their first self-titled album, often referred to by its first track

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-10)

Tijuana Hercules - Evening Dressings

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Tijuana Hercules is here to say, “Don’t drain the swamp, it’s home to many interesting creatures.” The swamp they’re talking about is the metaphorical musical...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-08)

Sec - L'Aventure Complète de George Gallamus

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L'Aventure Complète de George Gallamus has got to be one of the strangest albums I have ever heard. It is in a league by itself and Sec claims that it is a punk fable inspired...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-06)

Kevin Kastning / Sándor Szabó / Carl Clements - Convergence I

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Kastning has around three dozen albums to his credit now in various configurations, many of those are duos with Hungarian guitarist Sándor Szabó, like the Ethereal series...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

Tom Eaton - Elements: Audio Environments Parts 1-4

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Often with a piece of music, context exists only in the mind of the creator, and the listener is left with the puzzle of either trying to understand how that came about, or else just accepting the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

Tom Eaton - Elements: Audio Environments Parts 1-4

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Often with a piece of music, context exists only in the mind of the creator, and the listener is left with the puzzle of either trying to understand how that came about, or else just accepting the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

Tom Eaton - Elements: Audio Environments Parts 1-4

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Often with a piece of music, context exists only in the mind of the creator, and the listener is left with the puzzle of either trying to understand how that came about, or else just accepting the...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

Tom Eaton - Elements: Audio Environments Parts 1-4

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Often with a piece of music, context exists only in the mind of the creator, and the listener is left with the puzzle of either trying to understand how that came about, or else just accepting the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-04)

The Black Watch - Brilliant Failures

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The Black Watch is an American independent rock band from Santa Barbara, California, whose only constant member has been singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter, John Andrew Fredrick. Fredrick...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-03)

Silas & Saski - Power of Three

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This three-song EP is the debut release from Silas & Saski, an important new group with a bright future in front of them. Saskia Maxwell is a singer, guitarist, and flute player with a powerful...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-10)

Steve Piccolo - Domestic Exile

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Steve Piccolo was the bass player and founding member of the 80s New York City No Wave band the Lounge Lizards. One year after they hit the scene, Steve was living a schizophrenic existence,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-09)

Max Corbacho - The Unfolding Dawn

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It’s a strange new world these days, hopefully only a temporary disturbance in life’s continuum, but a disturbance nonetheless, causing artists to look inward for hope and spiritual...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-22)

Aadal - Silver

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Silver is the debut release by the Norwegian quartet Aadal. This instrumental band plays an amalgamation of progressive jazz fusion, progressive pop, and romantic progressive music. Band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-27)

Caleb Dolister - Daily Thumbprint Collection 3, The Wandering

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Exposé readers may recognize his name as the drummer of the international drums-bass-sax trio The Kandinsky Effect, but Dolister has a lot of other projects going, including the Los...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-07)

Jarguna / Henrik Meierkord - Tapestry Flow

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Jarguna is Italian sound sculptor Marco Billi, who creates atmospheric constructs with synthesizers, electronics, and other instruments, much of it in a post-floating ambient style and often in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-28)

Chord - Chord III

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Chord is the duo of guitarists Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve, Vomit Fist, etc.) and Tom Marsan (Delta Garage, The Handler's Hand) mining the edges of structureless free-metal possibilities in a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-19)

Steve Roach & Serena Gabriel - Nectar Meditation

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Arizona based musician, performing and recording artist Serena Gabriel creates sacred sound spaces and performs worldwide. Her exploration of various world instruments (synthesizers, drums,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-16)

Mark Seelig - The Disciple's Path

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Bansuri player Mark Seelig is best known for his collaborations with Byron Metcalf, Steve Roach, Loren Nerell and others, most of which we have reviewed in these pages. In 2005 he privately...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-25)

Ben Cox - Consciousness and Other Tricks of the Light

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With a long history of recording music for television, trade shows, and radio ads, Cox’ main gig is as a mastering engineer for the Spotted Peccary and Lotuspike labels (as well as some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-13)

Various Artists - A Band for All Seasons

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Two years ago in 2018, Fruits de Mer released a massive 3LP set The Three Seasons,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-05-31)

Silent Chaos - Macro

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Abstract sound is a difficult thing to pull off, and I can’t count the number of failures I’ve heard in the genre. Silent Chaos manages to do it right on Macro, but the reasons...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-08)

Béla Fleck - Throw Down Your Heart - The Complete Africa Sessions

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The set at hand is a combination of two previously released CDs (Throw Down Your Heart (Tales from the Acoustic Planet Vol. 3 Africa Sessions) from 2009 on Rounder Records) and Throw...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-01)

Virginia Trance - Vincent's Playlist

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For all intents and purposes, Virginia Trance is just one guy: guitarist, singer, and songwriter Scott Ryan Davis, who also handles keys and bass on this or that track. The two other members of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-10)

Ganser - Just Look at That Sky

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This Windy City four-piece has one previous album, which I can’t really say I’ve heard, but on this, their second full length release, they make quite a powerful and compelling...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-04)

Ex Norwegian - Hue Spotting & Spotting Hues

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Ex Norwegian is a band that has touched on a number of styles during its more than ten years of existence, and with Hue Spotting, they are in full-on neo-psychedelic mode, presenting a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-05)

Ex Norwegian - Hue Spotting & Spotting Hues

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Ex Norwegian is a band that has touched on a number of styles during its more than ten years of existence, and with Hue Spotting, they are in full-on neo-psychedelic mode, presenting a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-05)

Various Artists (Billy Sherwood) - A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake

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There is no shortage of progressive rock tribute albums available, and with the recent deaths of many giants of the field, current musicians have been joining together with veterans to pay homage...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-26)

Sky Cries Mary - Secrets of a Red Planet

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Seattle’s veterans of trippy rock are back with their second studio album since reforming in 2016 after a lengthy hiatus. Roderick Wolgamott (lead vocals) and Ben Ireland (drums, synths) are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-23)

John Gregorius - Full of Life

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Tucson based composer and guitarist John Gregorius offers Full of Life, his third Spotted Peccary release following Heaven and Earth (2008) and Still Voice (2016). In the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-29)

Jeff Pearce - Empty Beach, Follow the River Home, Path to Returning & Evening Clouds

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I first became aware of Jeff Pearce back around the turn of the century with the second of four albums he recorded for the Hypnos label, To the Shores of Heaven. It was a collection of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-01)

Jeff Pearce - Empty Beach, Follow the River Home, Path to Returning & Evening Clouds

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I first became aware of Jeff Pearce back around the turn of the century with the second of four albums he recorded for the Hypnos label, To the Shores of Heaven. It was a collection of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-01)

Jeff Pearce - Empty Beach, Follow the River Home, Path to Returning & Evening Clouds

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I first became aware of Jeff Pearce back around the turn of the century with the second of four albums he recorded for the Hypnos label, To the Shores of Heaven. It was a collection of...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-01)

Jeff Pearce - Empty Beach, Follow the River Home, Path to Returning & Evening Clouds

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I first became aware of Jeff Pearce back around the turn of the century with the second of four albums he recorded for the Hypnos label, To the Shores of Heaven. It was a collection of...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-06-01)

The Proper Ornaments - Mission Bells

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Roughly nine months after releasing their previous album Six Lenins, The Proper Ornaments...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-09)

Bobby Previte / Jamie Saft / Nels Cline - Music from the Early 21st Century

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I shouldn’t even be writing this review. Any sane person, seeing a collaboration between Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, and Nels Cline, would simply plop down their money without needing to hear...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-06-02)

Hotel Hotel - Heaven's Will

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Hotel Hotel is Norwegian singer songwriter Vegard Ume (vocals and guttar) accompanied by Bosse Litsheim (drums), Jon Mannsåker (bass), Marius Mørch (guitar), Annlaug Børsheim...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-06-06)

David Cross & Peter Banks - Crossover

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In August 2010, a few years before guitarist Peter Banks’ untimely passing, he recorded this session of improvs with David Cross, violinist of King Crimson in the 70s and many solo and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-26)

Nektar - The Other Side

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After hanging it up in the early 80s, Nektar resumed activity in 2001 and has been going since with some personnel changes along the way. The Other Side presents a band consisting of Randy...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-05-24)

Thierry Zaboitzeff - Nebensonnen (Remake)

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In the late 90s, after being an integral member of Art Zoyd for over twenty years (as well as releasing a couple solo albums on the side), Zaboitzeff began to distance himself from his former band,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-17)

Choirs of Aether - Soundpaintings #1 - #4

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Choirs of Aether is the improvisational project of Vermont based musician Bow Thayer, a man who is involved with his own solo work as well as a number of other band projects (Elbow, The Benders,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Choirs of Aether - Soundpaintings #1 - #4

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Choirs of Aether is the improvisational project of Vermont based musician Bow Thayer, a man who is involved with his own solo work as well as a number of other band projects (Elbow, The Benders,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Choirs of Aether - Soundpaintings #1 - #4

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Choirs of Aether is the improvisational project of Vermont based musician Bow Thayer, a man who is involved with his own solo work as well as a number of other band projects (Elbow, The Benders,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Choirs of Aether - Soundpaintings #1 - #4

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Choirs of Aether is the improvisational project of Vermont based musician Bow Thayer, a man who is involved with his own solo work as well as a number of other band projects (Elbow, The Benders,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-05)

Gary Husband & Markus Reuter - Music of Our Times

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This is a very unusual Moonjune release, an exploration of ambient sounds and moods instead of the usual jazz idiom, although the way it came about was entirely by chance. The Stick Men (with Gary...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-05-02)

Todd Rundgren's Utopia - Benefit for Moogy Klingman

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Mark “Moogy” Klingman had a long association with Todd Rundgren, and was one of the founding members of Utopia, appearing on the band’s first studio album and Another...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-24)

Stephen Adams - Sunset inside the Listening Room

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This latest offering from the Harrigan’s Lane Collective in Australia pretty much is what it is, some loose improvisational work by Adams on flute and ocarina, along with Danielle Bentley on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-26)

Trance Mission - Le Pendu

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This amazing world-fusion ensemble released four albums during the 90s; the bandleader was none other than the respected digeridoo player Stephen Kent (with an entire discography of his own). Also...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-14)

Fumio & Osamu - Shinchugoku

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Long out of print, finally reissued in early 2020, Shinchugoku makes a case for being the missing link between Osamu Kitajima’s “Justin Heathcliff” period (the name which...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-14)

Simone Beneventi - Wooden Songs

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I have a healthy dislike for genre labels — so much of the music I like defies categorization, and the labels typically assigned to music often seem so arbitrary. When I use genre labels to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-21)

Chris Russell - Destiny

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With Destiny, ambient sound sculptor Chris Russell takes the listener into the deep floating world where moments are frozen in time and veils of texture float on the solar winds, each of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-08)

Briand Boursin Rohr - The View Inside

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The opening track, “Blackthoughts,” is pretty dark, a Peter Gabrielesque voice accompanied by guitar and piano and a little bit of orchestration, some Gilmour-like lead guitar; without...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-29)

Erik Baron / D-Zakord - 73'

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Erik Baron has been operating on the fringes of the French progressive / avant-garde / experimental music scene for nearly four decades. In the early 80s he was the bassist of the zeuhl-influenced...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-11)

MFTJ - MFTJ

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MFTJ is the new instrumental duo of Scott Schorr and Mike Keneally; the later played guitar for Frank Zappa many decades ago and since then spawned an amazing solo career as well as many offshoot...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-26)

Talinka - Rainbow over Kolonaki

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When we covered Talinka’s first release a few years back, it was an especially strong debut with a warm jazzy...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-23)

Doctor Nerve - Loud

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Loud indeed, but tasty and inventive as well I might add. Doctor Nerve is a musical monster like no other, and even though it’s been around ten years since their last release, they have only...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-20)

Charles Snider - The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, 3rd Edition

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It’s hard to get a concise definition of what progressive rock is, and equally important, what it isn’t. Whether it be a style of music, or an attitude about music, or some other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-27)

Sakina Abdou / Barbara Dang / Peter Orins - Lescence / Gmatique

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Nothing is what it seems to be. The trio at hand involves a saxophone, a piano, and some drums, and regardless of expectations based on those three instruments, it won’t prepare the listener...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-17)

Wolfgang Muthspiel - Angular Blues

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There are so many jazz guitarists in the world that it’s hard for any of them to distinguish themselves. Austrian Wolfgang Muthspiel has a recorded career that stretches back to the 80s, but...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-15)

Brian Woodbury - Levity & Novelty

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Back in my high school days I used to tune in Sunday nights to some low-power station in LA in order to listen to the Doctor Demento show, which ran for an hour or two and featured a wide range of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-08)

Hollan Holmes - Milestones

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What more can be done that already hasn’t been explored in the field of electronic music? A good question. With Milestones, Hollan Holmes is at lest attempting to answer that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-04-05)

Markus Reuter - Truce

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New music from Markus Reuter is always a good thing, whether it’s under his own name or one of the many groups and collaborations he’s involved with. And luckily it’s something...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-03-31)

Kanaan - Odense Sessions

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On Kanaan’s second offering, the Oslo based trio teams up with Causa Sui’s Jonas Munk for a set of four improvisation-based numbers, two per album side. Odense studio, owned by Munk, is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-30)

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)

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)

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)

Cheer-Accident - Chicago XX

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Cheer-Accident is a fine Chicago based band that’s been around in one form or another since the late 80s, always evolving, coming up with new ideas, always fresh and never trying to redo...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-18)

Minimum Vital - Air Caravan

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When this Bordeaux area band first reached my ears in the 80s, it was clear from the start that they were on to something different, something unique among bands of that era, and through all the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-03-15)

Steve Roach - The Sky Opens

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Presented across two discs, this live set, recorded at the 95-year-old First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, California, delivers an immersive experience just shy of two hours, touching on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-22)

Kevin Kastning / Sandor Szábó - Nógrád

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This international duo of guitar explorers offer here a collection of fourteen compositions that they recorded on September 22, 2009 in Nógrád, Hungary. By my count,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-19)

Mythic Sunship - Changing Shapes

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We last checked in with Mythic Sunship with their 2018 album Another Shape of Psychedelic Music, which was an appropriately titled landmark recording for the Danish five-piece band, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-22)

Deserta - Black Aura My Sun

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Matthew Doty, aka Deserta, is a Los Angeles based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitars, bass, keys, electronic percussion, and effects / atmospherics) who was a member of post-rock band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-07)

Darshan Ambient - A Day Like Any Other

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This is Darshan Ambient’s eleventh full length release on Spotted Peccary and sub-label Lotuspike, that’s in addition to a number of self-released and mp3.com releases that it I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-17)

We Here Now - The Chikipunk Years

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This international trio features members from Peru, Brazil, and India/USA, or so the infosheet that came with the promo CD says (the album is also available on standard LP and red vinyl as well)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-01-05)

YlangYlang - Interplay

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With roots in Montreal’s experimental music scene, Catherine Debard created the moniker YlangYlang for her experimental dreamtronic project that began in 2012. With nearly two dozen releases...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-01)

Latest news

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Naoki Ishida - Fazing Redust – Although one's initial reaction to this obviously low-budget recording (the hiss throughout is quite noticeable) of seemingly aimless sonic noodling might be rejection, the seven tracks herein do have...  (2008) » Read more

Donovan - The Donovan Concert: Live in L.A. – 60s folk icon Donovan appeared at the Kodak Theater in LA on his 2007 tour to a packed house of acolytes from the Transcendental Meditation foundation (led by filmmaker David Lynch). From the get-go,...  (2009) » Read more

Cast - Endless Signs – Cast has dropped five CDs in just over two years, yet much of that material was recorded in the 80s and early 90s, and not released until now. Endless Signs, however, is their latest release featuring...  (1996) » Read more

Abacus - Everything You Need – In the early seventies in Germany, there seemed to be three subsections of progressive rock: 1) the "Berlin school" of electronic space rock forming the basis for the Ohr label; 2) heavy,...  (1995) » Read more

Eidôlon - Dreamland – Eidôlon is a French band consisting of a keyboardist / guitarist, violin / bass, and a drummer. Dreamland is a seven-part 50-minute piece based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The disc has many...  (2011) » Read more



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