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Ring van Möbius - The 3rd Majesty

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Analog purists Ring van Möbius are back with their second album, The 3rd Majesty, chock full of driving Hammond organ and analog synths. For this go round, the power trio Thor Erik...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-23)

Terry Draper - Lost

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In another galaxy, long long ago there was Klaatu, a trio of Canadian studio musicians who were given the green light to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-21)

Thumbscrew - The Anthony Braxton Project

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With The Anthony Braxton Project, Thumbscrew pays tribute to a jazz rebel known for using mathematical formulas as titles for his compositions, or simply numbering them. Braxton is of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-19)

Oddplay - Soundscape

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Oddplay is two Bulgarian guys, Itso Nikoloff and Alexander Enev, who love psychedelic stoner rock. They formed Oddplay in August 2019, writing and recording music in Alexander’s home studio....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-20)

Cloud over Jupiter - They're Here with Us... Not for Us

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By all accounts, this is the third release by Cloud over Jupiter, the Wisconsin based project of multi-instrumentalist Jerry King, featuring singer and lyricist Michele King and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-18)

Guru Guru - Live in China

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In 2019, Guru Guru played the Tomorrow Festival in Shenzhen, China, and recorded this album, the evidence that 50 years on the road hadn’t killed the spirit of rock that got them started. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-25)

Pre-Med - Hawkestrel Presents Pre-Med

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Alan Davey has seen a massive amount of activity in the last few years, and reissues of his past material comprises a large part of that. He’s got Hawkestrel going now, and his earlier band...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-22)

WorldService Project - Hiding in Plain Sight

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There seems to be no end in sight to WorldService Project’s run of excellent albums. This is the third consecutive release of outstanding noisy jazz, and this time out, leader and composer...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-19)

elliot. - As He Now Appears

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With As He Now Appears, Elliot Nelson presents a lovely set of eleven instrumental tunes, most of which are not especially lengthy. In some ways, it can be seen as a modern example of the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-16)

Temple of Switches - The Wings of Mind

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Tenk Van Dool is a California based multi-instrumentalist (guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals, and more), composer, and producer, and was the leader of the band Temple of Switches from their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-12)

Airbag - A Day at the Beach

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Many of us can remember a time when every new progressive rock band could be identified by which era of Genesis they most resembled. Genesis was the ubiquitous influence, the base upon which many...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-04)

Pymlico - On This Day

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Norwegian instrumental group Pymlico have a new album, On This Day. This is my first encounter with the band, so nothing to compare it against, though this is their third release on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-05)

Jasmeno - Jasmeno

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Jasmeno is the musical project by Polish musician Slavomir Maria Nietupski and the promo material stated that Jasmeno is for fans of Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd, Alphaville, Enigma, Tangerine Dream,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-17)

Mandala - The Echoes of Your Mind

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Rhys Marsh’s Mandala released their second album, The Echoes of Your Mind, on November 13, 2020, five years after their debut, Midnight Twilight. The Echoes of Your...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-14)

Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep

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Norwegian prog rockers Wobbler return with their fifth album, Dwellers of the Deep, an exciting blend of carefully planned and improvised material that combines everything the band has...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-11)

Nick Prol and the Proletarians - An Erstwisle Alphabestiary: Book One

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One of the most pleasant surprises of 2017 was the appearance of Nick Prol’s first album,

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-07)

Brian Woodbury - Antipathy & Ideology

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L.A. based songwriter, lyricist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Brian Woodbury makes his living composing for television, various musicals, children’s TV, and leads several...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-18)

Seaorm - Olkhon

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The Sea Orm (Ormria cartamarinae), one of the most terrifying sea monsters in Norse mythology, described in Olaus Magnus's Carta Marina around 1540. And Olkhon is the largest...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-09)

Stick Men with Gary Husband - Owari

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It’s been about six months since the last time I reviewed a Stick Men live album, so we’re due for another, in this case Owari, recorded in Japan with guest Gary Husband on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-10)

Shaman Elephant - Wide Awake But Still Asleep

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Wide Awake But Still Asleep shows that Shaman Elephant’s excellent debut album was no fluke. This is a fine set of Canterbury-inflected psychedelic progressive rock that harks back...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-13)

La Maschera di Cera - S.E.I.

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It has been seven long years since La Maschera di Cera’s last studio album, La Porte del Domani (also released in English as The Gates of Tomorrow), a reinterpretation of Le...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-08)

Ellesmere - Wyrd

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Around six years ago, Ellesmere was born, the project of guitarist, bassist and composer Roberto Vitelli, who had served in the band Taproban for a period of time, seeking an outlet for his own...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-06)

Lore City - Alchemical Task

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Lore City is the Portland, Oregon based duo of vocalist / keyboardist / guitarist Laura Mariposa Williams and guitarist / keyboardist / percussionist Eric Angelo Bessel. They originally met in 2003...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-06)

John Puchiele Ensemble - Move

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Toronto based composer John Puchiele’s ‘ensemble,’ like the earlier disc Life Cycle

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-31)

Icarus Peel's Acid Reign - Shallow Oceans

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Shallow Oceans is an album I have been looking forward to hearing and reviewing. The Honey Pot’s Icarus Peel formed a power trio about two years ago to explore and extend his love of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-30)

Urlaub in Polen - All

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The oddly named Urlaub in Polen, German for Vacation in Poland, have released their first album in nine years. All is a collection of ten compositions (instrumentals and songs) by drummer...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-02)

Gabriel Vicéns - The Way We Are Created

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With his third release in eight years, the Manhattan based Puerto Rican guitarist Gabriel Vicéns has shown an amazing anount of growth. Only a few months back we

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-03)

Nubdug Ensemble - Volume One: The Machines of Zeno

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In 1989, Vacuum Tree Head was born in a garage in San Jose, California, a collaboration between two talented multi-instrumentalists, Michael De La Cuesta and Jason Berry, plus whatever musicians...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-28)

Bruno Karnel - Evaporation des Voix Off

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Nearly a year ago we reviewed an album titled Amra by singer / lyricist /...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-03)

Yobrepus - Mycelium Days

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Norway’s indie rock band Yobrepus are back with their sophomore release Mycelium Days, which continues the fungal theme from their 2017 debut release Blakc Mould. Intrigued...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-27)

Markus Reuter Oculus - Nothing Is Sacred

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Oculus presents another wrinkle in Markus Reuter’s ever-changing array of ensembles. The basis for these five tracks lies in performances by Reuter (Touch Guitars, keyboards, soundscapes),...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-01)

Reuter / Motzer / Grohowski - Shapeshifters

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Next up in Markus Reuter’s current crop of releases, we have Shapeshifters, an improvisational trio with Tim Motzer and Kenny Grohowski. The trio presents a free-wheeling set of four...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-18)

Circuline - CircuLive: New View

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This elaborate package documents the October 14, 2017 performance of Circuline at the International ProgStock Festival on a 76-minute audio CD along with video of the concert on DVD and BluRay. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-29)

Jerome Khattar - Resurrection

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At hand is the debut release by Jerome Khattar, a French-Lebanese guitarist born in Paris who grew up in Dubai, UAE, in a multi-cultural environment with exposure to many different types of music,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-28)

Red Fiction - Visions of the Void

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At some point after their 2014 debut Swarm, amid the regular turnover that a band would go through over a six or seven year period, San Francisco bay area band Atomic Ape changed their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-25)

Bernd Scholl - Switzerland Live

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The artist at hand, Bernd Scholl, is a German composer and synthesist, a disciple of the Tangerine Dream sound of the late 70s, a smooth and gentle style featuring bright splashes of tonal color...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-22)

Luca Formentini - Art Spaces, Vol.1

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Luca Formentini is an interesting composer and guitarist, so much the latter his website is called unguitar.com, who uses the instrument as a tool to make...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-19)

Soft Works - Abracadabra in Osaka

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After an almost interminable hiatus (1981 to 2001), Moonjune’s Leonardo Pavkovic announced his interest in having Soft Machine reunite and record a new album. In 2003 it finally happened,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-02-15)

Head Machine - Orgasm

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This reissue of a rarity from 1970 has two distinct points of interest: the story of how it came to be, and the music itself. As for the story… David Paramor was working as an independent...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-26)

Pyrior - Fusion

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Pyrior is a trio based in Berlin with their own take on psychedelic rock. While heavy riffing could be considered the core of their sound, they take the time to present some acoustic music as well....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-23)

Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Quartet - Phoenix

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It doesn’t take more than about fifteen or twenty seconds into the opening track before a listener will know they are in for something different here, as Phoenix doesn’t really...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-16)

Toxenaris - The Third Policeman

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The Third Policeman is a novel by Irish author Brian O’Nolan, AKA Flann O’Brien, written between 1939 and 1940. Failing to find a publisher, O’Nolan pulled his manuscript...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-24)

Magenta - Masters of Illusion

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Magenta’s composer and multi-instrumentalist Rob Reed is not one to shy away from ambitious projects. 2013’s The Twenty-Seven Club focused on musicians who died at the age of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-21)

Çub - Ouais

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I’m starting to get tired of all these French bands that play tricky, proggy math rock. Not that any of them are bad, boring, or repetitious — far from it — it’s just that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-20)

Phenomena - Still the Night

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You know how in some Hollywood movies, when they need a rock song for a scene, you’ll hear some very generic music that sounds vaguely like one of those 80s pop-metal bands, like the music...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-17)

Hart Newhouse - Finding Things

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Hart Newhouse is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalists Bret Hart (Moon Men, solo and numerous other projects) and Dave Newhouse (Moon Men, The Muffins, Manna / Mirage and more), but before...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-13)

Witchwood - Before the Winter

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Witchwood is a powerful Italian band with a great lead singer in Riccardo dal Pane, combining the power and grit of many classic singers from the early 70s. The band blends elements of an early 70s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-07)

Pulcinella - Ça

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Pulcinella is a band from Toulouse that’s been around more than ten years, but Ça is the first I’ve heard of them, and quite a treat it is. The quartet features...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-14)

Tom Guarna - Spirit Science

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Tom Guarna is a guitarist and composer based in New York City with over half a dozen previous releases, here fronting a quintet featuring keyboardist Aaron Parks (piano, synth, Rhodes), bassist Joe...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-04)

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)

Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Parish - Interactivity

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I was familiar with Shane Parish’s guitar playing from his work with Ahleuchatistas, though he used the name Perlowin there. Tatsuya Nakatani I encountered more recently on an album he did...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-11)

Soft Hearted Scientists - The Continuing Escapades of the Soft Hearted Scientists

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Seven years ago Fruits de Mer released a double LP retrospective of the Soft Hearted Scientists’ early work titled Whatever Happened to the Soft Hearted Scientists, which happened to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-18)

Various Artists - Head in the Clouds

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Despite the pandemic this year, Fruits de Mer has been very busy releasing massive sets of music. In the present case, there is a first, a combined double LP and double CD compilation Head in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-15)

The White Kites - Devillusion

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Six years after their debut album, Polish band The White Kites return with a very mature sophomore release, Devillusion. Fronted by British vocalist Sean Palmer, The White Kites present...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-12)

Annie Barbazza - Vive

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I had previously encountered singer Annie Barbazza on a pair of releases by John Greaves and North Sea Radio Orchestra, and on her own album she operates in a similar stylistic area — moody,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-08)

No Base Trio - No Base Trio

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On offer is the debut release by the Puerto Rican improvisational group No Base Trio, a mix of explorative jazz and rock elements, often with dreamy, ethereal moves that lures the listener in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-01-01)

Schnellertollermeier - 5

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Schnellertollermeier is the Swiss trio of guitarist Andi Schnellmann, bassist Manuel Troller, and drummer David Meier, and if one concatenates their three surnames, you (almost) get the band name;...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-29)

Mark Wingfield / Jane Chapman / Adriano Adewale - Zoji

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Guitarist Mark Wingfield has been showing up in a lot of different types of ensemble lately, from his duos and quartet groups with Markus Reuter to a duets with Gary Husband and Kevin Kastning to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-01)

Qirsh - Aspera Tempora Parte 1

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Qirsh is an Italian seven-piece band from Savona that’s been around for about 27 years, mostly a group of old friends from school, with a couple more added early in the ensuing years....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-26)

Steve Roach - Livestream 9-26-2020: The Desert Eternal

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The concert at hand – ten titles totaling well over two hours – is an opportunity to see and hear Steve Roach in his Timeroom studio creating some of the sounds that have mystified...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-23)

Ensemble Gamut! - Ut

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Finland’s Ensemble Gamut! has carved out a unique territory in music with their combination of Early and Renaissance Music with modern sensibilities and processing. At the core you’ll...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-01-02)

Various Artists - Mark Barton's "The Sunday Experience"

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Mark Barton, a UK music reviewer, spent over two decades championing independent music, writing tirelessly about often under-appreciated independent releases with wit and a voracious appetite and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-09)

Bomis Prendin - Clear Memory

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The cover of Nurse with Wound’s debut release Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella contains the infamous NWW List of bands that Steven Stapleton,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-06)

Notturno Concertante - Let Them Say

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I learned something new today. The Italian progressive group Notturno Concertante’s name translates to Nocturne Concertante. And the adjective concertante denotes the prominent...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-01-03)

OTEME - Un Saluto alle Nuvole

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In 2012 OTEME founder Stefano Giannotti was asked to film a documentary about the hospice of San Cataldo in Lucca, Italy. A hospice is a facility where the terminally ill go to die and receive...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-31)

Brothertiger - Paradise Lost

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The oddly named Brothertiger is the project of solo electronic pop musician John Jagos. Jagos has been experimenting with chillwave since his colleges days back in 2009. Jagos released albums...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-28)

Robert Rich - Offering to the Morning Fog

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As the end of 2020 approaches, one may quickly recognize that it’s been an incredibly stressful year for everyone who survived it. Listeners who are looking for a way to de-stress might well...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-20)

Susan Alcorn Quintet - Pedernal

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When one thinks of pedal steel guitar, the next thought is usually country music or possibly Hawaiian music, and although the former is where Alcorn started many years ago after first taking up the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-20)

Sonar with David Torn - Tranceportation (Volume 2)

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If you don’t know what to expect from a Sonar album by now, you almost certainly haven’t heard one. Their sound is so constrained in tonality and instrumentation that there would seem...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-30)

Giorgi Mikadze - Georgian Microjamz

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Georgian Microjamz is the latest in the series of microtonal jazz albums on RareNoise, all of which have featured guitarist David Fiuczyniski on fretless guitar. This time out, Georgian...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-18)

The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison

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I sometimes have a problem enjoying jazz music by piano trios. The field is rife with clichés and even skilled musicians can end up sounding like something you’d hear in a campy...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-18)

Aperus - Archaic Signal

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Brian McWilliams is a sound sculptor and photographer based in the high desert of northern New Mexico who releases his material under the moniker Aperus. A couple years ago we reviewed the previous...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-17)

Todd Mosby - Aerial Views

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Certainly anyone who lived through the 80s and rejected the bulk of the post-punk and new-wave music that the majors (and MTV) were busy promoting at the time will have found a degree of solace at...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-17)

Matthew Labarge - Music from the Long Quiet

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Virginia based pianist and composer Matthew Labarge also plays electronics and accordion, situation depending. Music from the Long Quiet is his fourth album of solo piano work, and is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-14)

Martin Rude & Jakob Skøtt Duo - The Dichotomy of Control

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In 2012, multi-instrumentalist and singer Martin Rude, along with Jakob Skøtt and Jonas Munk of Causa Sui released the self-titled album by Sun River. In 2020, eight years later, Rude and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-14)

Matt Smith - Matt Smith 1988-2020 Vol.1 - Vol.4

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Perhaps you’ve read some of the recent reviews we’ve posted of guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer Matt Smith of the 6 String Ranch in Austin, Texas. He’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-11)

Matt Smith - Matt Smith 1988-2020 Vol.1 - Vol.4

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Perhaps you’ve read some of the recent reviews we’ve posted of guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer Matt Smith of the 6 String Ranch in Austin, Texas. He’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-11)

Matt Smith - Matt Smith 1988-2020 Vol.1 - Vol.4

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Perhaps you’ve read some of the recent reviews we’ve posted of guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer Matt Smith of the 6 String Ranch in Austin, Texas. He’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-11)

Matt Smith - Matt Smith 1988-2020 Vol.1 - Vol.4

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Perhaps you’ve read some of the recent reviews we’ve posted of guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer Matt Smith of the 6 String Ranch in Austin, Texas. He’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-11)

Carolyna Picknick - Le Matin

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If you’ve been holding your breath for the last nine years waiting for the second Carolyna Picknick album, you can breathe now: Le Matin is finally here. The group is essentially the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-11)

The Golden Age of Steam - Tomato Brain

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Saxophonist James Allsopp is a member of both Snack Family and World Sanguine Report, and The Golden Age of Steam finds him in the leadership role of a band including Ruth Goller (bass, vocals),...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-09)

Benjamin Koppel & The Art of the Quartet - The Art of the Quartet & The Ultimate Soul & Jazz Revue

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The Art of the Quartet is what happens when four extraordinary jazz players get together. This 2CD set contains 12 outstanding tracks brimming with creativity and talent. Drummer Jack...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-21)

Benjamin Koppel & The Art of the Quartet - The Art of the Quartet & The Ultimate Soul & Jazz Revue

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The Art of the Quartet is what happens when four extraordinary jazz players get together. This 2CD set contains 12 outstanding tracks brimming with creativity and talent. Drummer Jack...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-21)

Scherzoo - 05

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Multi-instrumentalist and composer François Thollot released two excellent instrumental albums in the early 2000s, Ceux d’en Face and Contact, both with a strong...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-08)

25 Views of Worthing - 25 Views of Worthing

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The story of the band 25 Views of Worthing is a fascinating dip into an obscure corner of British music of the 60s and 70s. In 1967, a psychedelic band called Primrose Path was doing damage...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-03)

Dennis Davison - The Book of Strongman

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The first thing I noticed about this new debut solo album from Dennis Davison is the pseudo yin yang and the I Ching characters in the cover art. The four characters represent the basic elements of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-25)

Monjoie - Love Sells Poor Bliss for Proud Despair

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Monjoie continue their fascination with and exploration of the Romantic poets. Whereas their previous album,

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-22)

Time Being - Ocean of Time

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Time Being is the collaborative partnership of Phillip Wilkerson anf Jourdan Laik, An Ocean of Time being their third release in nine years on the Spotted Peccary family of labels. Both...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-08)

Le Grand Sbam - Furvent

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For the second album by Le Grand Sbam, the lineup has expanded, as has the sonic variety — this is still a band based around piano and multiple vocalists augmented by mallets and a rock...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-21)

Sam Rosenthal and Projekt Artists - Tim, Where Are You Now?

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The album at hand is a tribute to Timothy Leary on what would have been his 100th birthday. A little background: In 1950, Leary earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-20)

The Ed Palermo Big Band - The Great Un​-​American Songbook Vol. III: Run for Your Life

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Anyone who’s followed the Cuneiform label for the last 16 years should need no introduction to band leader, arranger, and composer Ed Palermo and his big band. The nine-or-so albums released...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-02)

Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell - How to Turn the Moon

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There may be a bit of confusion as to the title of this set, which I received as a promotional download titled Windfall Light (the title of the sixth piece in the set), though the front...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-02)

Causa Sui - Szabodelico

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Since their beginnings over fifteen years ago, Denmark’s Causa Sui has been heralded for their hyper-length excursions into heavy stoner rock and psychedelia, completely ditching vocals...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-29)

Harry Beckett - Joy Unlimited

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My first encounter with trumpeter Harry Beckett, who was born in Barbados in 1935, was as a session player on the debut album by Manfred Mann Chapter Three, then he turned up on the Keef...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-29)

Djam Karet - Burning the Hard City + Suspension & Displacement 2020 Remaster

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Thirty years on from their original releases, these two Djam Karet classics have been remastered and reissued in the same package as they probably should have been the first time around. From their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-26)

Ovrfwrd - Starstuff

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With each successive album, this Minneapolis band keeps getting better. They started out at a pretty high level with their 2013 debut, and they’ve kept up the good work ever since....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-15)

James Marienthal - Speak to the Sky

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James Marienthal founded Colorado based Silver Wave records nearly thirty-five years ago in 1986 as an outlet for contemporary Native American, world, and new age music. With over 60 releases over...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-23)

Sbonk - Lamizuk

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Fasten your seat belts, ladies and gentlemen. This trio from Bordeaux in southern France is going to take you on one wild ride that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. The three members are...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-23)

Matt Smith’s Chop Shop – Live at Strange Brew & Matt Smith's World - Live at the Saxon Pub

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A few weeks back when I reviewed Matt Smith’s two new studio releases Parlor and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-20)

Matt Smith’s Chop Shop – Live at Strange Brew & Matt Smith's World - Live at the Saxon Pub

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A few weeks back when I reviewed Matt Smith’s two new studio releases Parlor and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-20)

Kevin Godley - Muscle Memory

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My LP collection includes three albums by Godley & Creme — L (1978), Freeze Frame (1979), and Ismism (AKA Snack Attack) (1980) - and they are all...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-03)

Bananagun - The True Story of Bananagun

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To paraphrase Mae West, "Is that a bananagun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" Either way, Bananagun is sure to put a smile on your face. Hailing from Melbourne,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-01)

Chris Opperman - Chamber Music from Hell

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In the mid 80s, Frank Zappa released his one-of-a-kind album Jazz from Hell, composed and performed almost entirely on Synclavier, an early digital polyphonic music workstation. Although...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-17)

Zaal - Homo Habilis

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Italian keyboardist and composer Agostino Macor has been a member of La Maschera di Cera as well as other projects and groups in Fabio Zuffanti’s sphere of influence (Finisterre, LaZona,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-17)

Robert Scott Thompson - Pattern Language

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Brownian motion — any of various physical phenomena in which some quantity is constantly undergoing small, random fluctuations, much like watching a tank full of fish. Each individual...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-19)

Quimper - Dejado

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The enjoyable and ever prolific Quimper have released another EP, Dejado, 29 minutes of avant electronics over ten tracks. For this musical adventure, the electronics dominate, with vocals...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-16)

Peel Dream Magazine - Moral Panics

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Peel Dream Magazine, named in honor of famed British DJ John Peel, is a fairly new New York City based band. Their 2020 album, Agitprop Alterna, was a hit with their fans, and then in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-13)

Honey Radar - Sing the Snow Away: The Chunklet Years

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Sing the Snow Away: The Chunklet Years is a set of 28 rough cut gems lasting for a total of 54 minutes, performed by guitarist Jason Henn. Sing the Snow Away: The Chunklet Years...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-10)

Laughing Stock - The Island

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It was not that long ago that I reviewed Laughing Stock’s second album Sunrise. Now Apollon...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-07)

Various Artists - The 17th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival Live

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Starting in 2015, Fruits de Mer Records started co-sponsoring the annual XXXth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festivals in the Cellar Bar in Cardiff, Wales. The 17th Dream festival took place over three...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-12-04)

Grex - Everything You Said Was Wrong

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Maybe it’s the enforced confinement brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but it seems that many musicians are using the “alone time” to explore their art in ways that they...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-27)

Thomas Dimuzio - Balance & Slew Tew

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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dimuzio has been flying under the radar of most listeners since he first arrived on the local music scene in the late 80s. A composer, multi-instrumentalist,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-14)

Thomas Dimuzio - Balance & Slew Tew

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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dimuzio has been flying under the radar of most listeners since he first arrived on the local music scene in the late 80s. A composer, multi-instrumentalist,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-14)

Gandalf - Secret Sarai

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In the years before Exposé, Austrian multi-instrumentalist Gandalf (real name Heinz Strobl) released an impressive series of albums beginning in 1980, beautifully orchestrated...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-14)

Markus Reuter with Mannheimer Schlagwerk - Sun Trance

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Reuter is certainly one busy guy; in 2020 he already has eight releases, between solo albums and various groups and collaborations, and that’s not even counting those where he’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-11)

Lionel Ziblat - Kingdom of the Penguins & Film Music and Beyond, Vol.5

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Ziblat is an interesting case of a composer who is equally comfortable in any number of genres, from rock to classical, film music to pop, fusion to South American to Mediterranean to Euro-folk and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-11)

Lionel Ziblat - Kingdom of the Penguins & Film Music and Beyond, Vol.5

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Ziblat is an interesting case of a composer who is equally comfortable in any number of genres, from rock to classical, film music to pop, fusion to South American to Mediterranean to Euro-folk and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-11)

Jarguna - My Temple & Jarguna / Various Artists / Ambient Jam - Chimera of a New World

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Marco Billi aka Jarguna’s latest sonic creation is a single sixty-seven minute sound sculpture titled My Temple, a free flowing and stunningly beautiful piece sourced from koshi wind...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-05)

Jarguna - My Temple & Jarguna / Various Artists / Ambient Jam - Chimera of a New World

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Marco Billi aka Jarguna’s latest sonic creation is a single sixty-seven minute sound sculpture titled My Temple, a free flowing and stunningly beautiful piece sourced from koshi wind...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-12-05)

Kaze & Ikue Mori - Sand Storm

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If the first 90 seconds of the 15-minute opening track (“Rivodoza”) doesn’t send you running for the door with your ears covered, then there’s probably a good chance...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-08)

Staring into Nothing - Love

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Staring into Nothing is a Southern California duo joined by numerous guests, some of whom should be well known to our readers. Steve Rogers (keyboards, lead vocals) and Kurt Barabas (bass, guitar,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-24)

Ethan Daniel Davidson - Come Down Lonesome

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Come Down Lonesome is one strange album. On one hand it is a collection of Americana songs either covered by or written by Detroit singer-songwriter Ethan Daniel Davidson. And on the other...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-11-28)

Fernando Perdomo - Out to Sea 3 - The Storm

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Having heard and reviewed several of Fernando Perdomo’s albums before, I knew what to expect going into Out to Sea 3 - The Storm. His recordings have featured pristine productions of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-21)

Christine Ott - Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot)

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The Ondes Martenot is one of the very first monophonic synthesizers, invented by Maurice Martenot in 1928. This keyboard instrument has a 72-note rail-mounted keyboard capable of producing vibrato...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-11-25)

Moon Men - Tales of the Space Pirates

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Here we have the space pirates’ fourth full-length intergalactic adventure, and I suspect most listeners who have heard their previous efforts would agree that this is their most engaging...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-08)

Ray Russell - Fluid Architecture

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While Ray Russell’s name may not be a household word, the British guitarist has more than earmed his stripes over the decades as a composer, session player, band leader, producer of film...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-05)

Queen Elephantine - Gorgon & Tribute to Atrophos

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I first became aware of Queen Elephantine more than ten years ago, when they aroused my curiosity by being a heavy rock band based in Hong Kong. Their brand of rock is slow, heavy, ritualistic, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-15)

Queen Elephantine - Gorgon & Tribute to Atrophos

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I first became aware of Queen Elephantine more than ten years ago, when they aroused my curiosity by being a heavy rock band based in Hong Kong. Their brand of rock is slow, heavy, ritualistic, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-15)

Queen Elephantine - Gorgon & Tribute to Atrophos

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I first became aware of Queen Elephantine more than ten years ago, when they aroused my curiosity by being a heavy rock band based in Hong Kong. Their brand of rock is slow, heavy, ritualistic, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-15)

Slap Guru - Umashi's Odyssey

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For their third album, Spanish hard psych rockers Slap Guru have released a concept album, Umashi’s Odyssey. Taken from the novel of the same name by their ex-guitarist Alberto...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-11-22)

Jeff Kelly - When the World Was Younger

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Moving along from last year’s Beneath the Stars, Above the River, Jeff Kelly brings us twelve more of his gentle psychedelic folk-rock songs, heavier on the folk than the rock,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-12)

Days between Stations - Giants

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I was not familiar with the band Days between Stations before Giants arrived, but a little research turned up the interesting fact that both Peter Banks and Rick Wakeman appeared on their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-03)

Kraan - Sandglass

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It’s been around ten years since Kraan’s last studio album, Diamonds, so this new one is long overdue, though the thirteen tracks here (nine if one purchases the LP) have...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-02)

Dawn Chorus and the Infallible Sea - Liberamente

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Hard to figure. This three-man project is from Indianapolis, Indiana (USA), yet the album title and all the song titles are Italian. Liberamente is their second album, and the seven-minute...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-05)

Arabs in Aspic - Madness and Magic

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Norwegian rockers Arabs in Aspic have a new album out, Madness and Magic, and on a new label Karisma Records. The promo material says this is their seventh album, but Discogs shows...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-11-19)

The Limits - Garage Nuggets '65-'68 & Songs about Girls

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In the mid-60s, all around the world, there was an explosion of bands playing what came to be called garage rock. A few of them found a degree of success, with singles and even albums released...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-09)

The Limits - Garage Nuggets '65-'68 & Songs about Girls

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In the mid-60s, all around the world, there was an explosion of bands playing what came to be called garage rock. A few of them found a degree of success, with singles and even albums released...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-09)

Steve Roach - Tomorrow

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This is a very different kind of release for Steve Roach, although he has travelled these waters before. Instead of exploring the dreamy sounds that follow his floating ambient style, with the five...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-30)

Richard Wileman - Arcana

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For his third solo album, following Veil (2018) and Cabal of a Thousand Souls (2019), Richard Wileman offers another baker’s dozen of performable songs in Arcana,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-30)

Forest Bees - Forest Bees

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Forest Bees is the second self-tilled album by Sheetal Singh AKA Forest Bees. She released her first self-titled album three years ago in 2017. The only other artist that immediatedly...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-11-16)

Camille Delean - Cold House Burning

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French Canadian singer-sonwriter Camille Delean released her second album in July 2020. Camille’s music is new to me. What I can gather from the internet is that her debut album, Music on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-11-13)

Intelligent Music Project V - Life Motion

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If you really, really like Asia but wish that their songs had lyrics full of deep philosophy like, "It’s a kind of real life, placing me close to you / Where all puzzles are gone, and to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-11-06)

Ekmeles - A Howl, That Was Also a Prayer

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With A Howl, That Was Also a Prayer, the vocal ensemble Ekmeles presents three suites of avant-garde vocal music by three different composers. Taylor Brook composed his “Motorman...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-31)

Immensity Crumb - Immensity Crumb Sings 9 Wedding Favorites

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Immensity Crumb Sings 9 Wedding Favorites is a glorious celebration of human beings being human, loving and thinking and creating art and making mistakes. Jenn and Brenden Smith play an...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-28)

Matt Smith - Being Human & Parlor

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A new name to me before this year, apparently Matt Smith has been producing recordings since at least 1988 and maybe even longer. Currently based in Austin, Texas, he is the co-owner of 6-String...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-27)

Matt Smith - Being Human & Parlor

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A new name to me before this year, apparently Matt Smith has been producing recordings since at least 1988 and maybe even longer. Currently based in Austin, Texas, he is the co-owner of 6-String...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-27)

Mong Tong 夢東 - Mystery 秘神

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Two brothers, Hom Yu and Jiun Chi, returned to Taipei in 2017 upon completion of their studies, and began exploring their mutual interest in Taiwanese occult-inspired art and vintage superstitious...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-27)

Ubi Maior - Bestie, Uomini e Dèi

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Ubi Maior is a classic Italian prog band that formed in 1998, but with only a handful of releases over its 22 years as a band. Their latest album Bestie, Uomini e Dèi or...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-10-26)

Kryptograf - Kryptograf

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Norwegian classic heavy rock newcomers Kryptograf released their debut album this past June, after issuing two singles, “The Veil” and “Crimson Horizon.” Kryptograf is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-10-23)

Dwiki Dharmawan - Hari Ketiga

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When Moonjune Records started releasing albums from Indonesian musicians about 15 years ago, it might not have been apparent that the future of the label would be so tied to that country. After...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-25)

TOC - Indoor & TOC + Dave Rempis - Closed for Safety Reasons

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Keyboardist Jérémie Ternoy, drummer Peter Orins, and guitarist Ivann Cruz, are three master improvisers from France with over ten years performing and recording together, more...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-24)

TOC - Indoor & TOC + Dave Rempis - Closed for Safety Reasons

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Keyboardist Jérémie Ternoy, drummer Peter Orins, and guitarist Ivann Cruz, are three master improvisers from France with over ten years performing and recording together, more...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-24)

Pixie Ninja - Colours out of Space

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“The Color out of Space” is probably the best known short story by horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Since it was published in 1927, this tale of supernatural horror has fascinated both...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-10-20)

David Bird - Mirrors

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Bird is a composer and producer originally from Southern California, now based in New York City. His debut album, Mirrors, reflects a highly explorative aesthetic, utilizing loops,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-14)

Jupiter Sprites - Holographic

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Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Jupiter Sprites makes great use of echoey vocals to create a soft and dreamy pop sound just shy of the 90s shoegazer sound, though one can immediately spot the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-18)

Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble - The Red Planet

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The Red Planet finds Rick Wakeman in fine form, with a themed album of instrumental music hearkening back to The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Barring some modern-sounding keyboards,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-17)

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets - Live at the Roundhouse

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What we have at hand is essentially a two CD plus DVD set (there is a Blu-ray available too) of a five-piece early Pink Floyd tribute band which features an original member of Floyd — that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-16)

Desensitized - Hemispherica Portalis (Portal of 1000 Years)

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Who thought of that name, Desensitized? It almost sounds like when one loses their sense of hearing, smell and touch. But nothing could be further from the truth – one listen to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-11-02)

Passionfix - This and That

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Based in Baltimore since the early 80s, Passionfix played their last live gig in the early 90s, after which they became a studio-only project, releasing material intermittently in all the years...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-21)

John Luther Adams - Lines Made by Walking

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The work of John Luther Adams should be familiar to Exposé readers — we have been reviewing it as long as he has been releasing music on the Cold Blue Music label, beginning...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-10)

Raphaël Pannier Quartet - Faune

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In the growing roster of jazz drummers who are also skilled composers, Raphaël Pannier is a new entry. His debut album as leader features saxophonist Miguel Zenon as a player and musical...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-15)

Tom Dyer - Truth or Consequences

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In his previous releases, Tom Dyer has produced music in a wide range of styles, from melodic rock (with the True Olympians and New Pagan Gods) to art-punk (with

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-13)

Labasheeda - Status Seeking

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Formed in 2004 in Amsterdam, Labasheeda has released five full length vinyl-only releases over their career thus far, as well as a number of EPs, but Status Seeking is their first LP since...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-12)

Professor Tip Top - Tomorrow Is Delayed

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It is human nature to look for connections between things, to see symbols where perhaps there are none, to find significance in things that are merely coincidence. So the title of Professor Tip...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-11)

Mesmerising - The Clutters Storyteller

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One might be forgiven for not knowing whether Mesmerising is the artist or the album title, but in fact Mesmerising is the pseudonym of Italian singer / songwriter Davide Moscato, who has been...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-10)

Electric Mud - Quiet Days on Earth

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Not to be confused with the famous 1968 Muddy Waters album where he went electric, or the German rock band who released their eponymous album in 1975, this Electric Mud is a German group also,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-08)

Mint Field - Sentimiento Mundial

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Originally formed in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico in 2015, the band at that time was composed of frontwoman Estrella del Sol Sánchez (lead vocals, guitar, compositions) and Amor...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-08)

Sverre Knut Johansen - Dreams Beyond

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For his fifth release on the Spotted Peccary label (and ninth album overall) Johansen has created a set of soundpaintings that, unlike many of his previous releases, aren't tied to any lofty,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-05)

No Joy - Motherhood

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No Joy is Montreal based singer / composer / multi-instrumentalist Jasmine White-Gluz, who along with Jorge Elbrecht and numerous guests create an interesting hybrid of shoegaze, dream pop,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-05)

The Moor - Dark Theatre

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On Dark Theatre, The Moor seems to operate largely as a Hawkwind tribute band that’s giving a go at writing their own material without straying far from their chief influence. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-09)

Acid Mothers Reynols - Vol. 1

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One of the most prolific bands, Acid Mothers (Fill in the Blank), released a new collaboration album last spring with Argentinian experimental band Reynols, who have been releasing albums...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-10-07)

Stealing the Fire - King of Shadows

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21 years ago in 1999 we received a promo CD from a British trio called Stealing the Fire; the title was Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow, an ambitious slab of neo-progressive that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-02)

TAK Ensemble - Ghost Layers - TAK Plays Miller

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Scott L. Miller is an American composer best known for his elecro-acoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces. Scott’s new album is a collaboration with the TAK Ensemble, a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-10-04)

Chromb! - Le Livre des Merveilles

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Chromb! is yet another Lyon band on Dur et Doux, and they share some qualities with labelmates such as PoiL, Ni, and Le Grand Sbam, though they have a sound of their own. The four-piece consists of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-03)

Isobar - Isobar

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Isobar: an isogram (meteorological map) connecting points having comparable barometric pressure at any given time. It’s also the name of a new instrumental progressive rock band from San...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-30)

I.P.A. - Bashing Mushrooms

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With a beautiful blend of melodicism, gentleness, angularity, and spiritual communion, this Norwegian-based jazz supergroup makes a powerful statement on their fifth album overall, their second on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-10-02)

Deep Energy Orchestra - The Return

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On The Return, Jason Everett expands his Deep Energy Orchestra from an eight-piece ensemble into a project involving dozens of musicians appearing on various tracks, with one featuring the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-10-01)

Kekal - Quantum Resolution

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Kekal is a band originally formed in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1995, with about sixteen albums to their credit, originally a trio with guests playing something akin to straight up metal (black metal,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-28)

Ex Norwegian - Hue Spotting & Spotting Hues

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On June 5 this year neo-psych band Ex Norwegian released two albums: Hue Spotting containing ten original tunes by Ex Norwegian founder Roger Houdalle and Spotting Hues, a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-27)

Ex Norwegian - Hue Spotting & Spotting Hues

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On June 5 this year neo-psych band Ex Norwegian released two albums: Hue Spotting containing ten original tunes by Ex Norwegian founder Roger Houdalle and Spotting Hues, a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-27)

Mani Neumeier & Okinawa Friends - Galapagos

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With Galapagos, Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier visits Okinawa and sits down to jam with his Okinawa Friends. The result is a loose rhythmic journey full of intriguing sounds. Neumeier...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-26)

July - The Complete Recordings

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Way back in the mid-60s there was a British band called The Tomcats, led by songwriters Tom Newman (also guitarist) and Peter Cook, along with drummer Chris Jackson and bassist Alan James. After...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-25)

Kawabata / Pinhas / Mujica / Pereira / Higashi - Alturas

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Free-form improvisation by musicians that have not worked together before is a risky proposition. The odds of disaster (or even mediocrity) are fairly high, but in the case of Alturas,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-24)

Illegal Aliens - Territory

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The recorded history of The Muffins goes back to 1974 or maybe even earlier – even though their first album proper, Manna / Mirage, wasn’t released until 1978. The early...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-23)

Chouk Bwa and The Ångströmers - Vodou Alé

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The Ångströmers are the Belgian production duo of Nicolas Esterle and Frédéric Alstadt, who also contribute dub electronics, minimalist sound design, and represent the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-22)

Soft Machine - Live at the Baked Potato

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A lot of credit must go to Steve Feigenbaum of Cuneiform and Leonardo Pavkovic of Moonjune, the former for releasing all kinds of Soft Machine archival and live material in the years after the band...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-17)

Vespero - The Four Zoas

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Russian psych / prog / space rockers Vespero are back with a new album, The Four Zoas, based on the uncompleted prophetic books by English poet, painter, printmaker, and visionary William...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-19)

Forrest Fang - The Book of Wanderers

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It seems like just yesterday I was writing a review of Fang’s previous album, Ancient...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-14)

The Grand Undoing - In a Vigil State

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Indeed, a very strange name for a band, though “Is it really a band?” may be a better question, as the only person involved on every one of the album’s ten cuts is one Seth...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-14)

Žen - I Onda Je Sve Počelo

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Žen , Croatian for Women, is an all-female Croatian band whose debut album I onda je sve počelo was released digitally in 2013. This year Moonlee Records reissued it on vinyl to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-16)

Juice Oh Yeah - Juice Oh Yeah

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After seven years, the Saint Petersburgh duo Juice Oh Yeah are back with their second album, Juice Oh Yeah. I would normally question whether the music produced by a drummer and a bassist...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-13)

Ciolkowska - Psikhodeliya

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Russian space rockers Ciolkowska are back with a new album that shows a maturing band growing in confidence and flexing their musical muscles to explore new territory. They have departed from their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-10)

Gato Libre - Koneko

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The instrumental composition vehicle for trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Gato Libre has operated as a trio in the years following their 2014 album DuDu, following the tragic death of founding...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-11)

The Adelaidean - Isolation

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Sean Williams is a best-selling author based in Australia, who – for his recent musical endeavors – goes by the moniker The Adelaidean (or theadelaidean, depending on which album you...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-11)

The Spacelords - Spaceflowers

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As Douglas Adams noted in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one thing about space is that it’s big… really big. No matter how fast you go (barring tricks like...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-18)

Serena Gabriel (featuring Steve Roach) - Inanna's Dream

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Serena Gabriel is a composer, musician, dancer, healing arts practitioner and medicine music maker with many years of experience sculpting sound and creating vibrational therapies that inform her...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-20)

Dušan Jevtović - If You See Me

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I first learned of this amazing guitarist via his 2013 album Am I Walking Wrong? and ever since then his work has astonished me, offering something new and unique up with each subsequent...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-08)

The Devil's Staircase - The Devil's Staircase

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Here we have a new international collective of musicians who claim to play rock music inspired by math and science, "but it’s not math rock." When one considers what music really...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-30)

Green Seagull - Cloud Cover

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They’re ba-ack! Green Seagull’s second full length album, Cloud Cover, hit the streets on July 31, 2020. We got a teaser for the album with the release of their

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-07)

Doringo - Gužva u Svemiru

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An instrumental trio from Zagreb, Croatia, Doringo is both the name of the guitarist and the band (he’s also a photographer, video and audio engineer), and for their second full album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-20)

Sam Rosenthal / Jarguna - Sunwashed Evening Fire

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Sam Rosenthal is best known as the founder of Projekt Records, as well as being the main moving force behind the band Black Tape for a Blue Girl since the mid-80s, but his solo work over the years...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-27)

World Sanguine Report - Skeleton Blush

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I first encountered Andrew Plummer last year with Bunny from his other band, Snack Family. World...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-31)

Weserbergland - Am Ende der Welt

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The second album from Weserbergland is certainly a case where being familiar with the debut album does nothing to prepare a listener for the sophomore effort. Ketil Vestrum Einarsen is largely on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-06)

Jon Anderson - 1000 Hands, Chapter One

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Certainly the music of Yes is an important element of my teenage years and a foundation of my understanding of what music is (or can be). But I’m not an uncritical listener, and there’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-03)

Houses of Heaven - Silent Places

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Layered synths, guitar, electronic percussion, and live drums — you could swear you were back in the 80s listening to a new album by New Order, Heaven 17, Gary Numan, Ultravox, or John Foxx....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-04)

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus - Songs of Yearning & Nocturnes

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The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus (RAIJ) is an obscure Liverpool band that has only released three albums and one EP since its inception in 1987. June 2020 saw the release of their fourth...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-09-01)

Erik Wøllo / Michael Stearns - Convergence

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As one of the founding fathers of the floating ambient genre, Michael Stearns can’t be accused of glutting the market with product, especially in the new millennium, but what music he does...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-30)

Jerry Baiden - Suspension of Belief

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A long time ago in the 90s a colleague at the company where I worked at the time suggested that a friend of hers, who was a guitarist and music teacher, might want to write some reviews for our...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-18)

Manna / Mirage - Face

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By now folks should know that Manna / Mirage, named after the first official Muffins LP, is essentially a solo project of Dave Newhouse with a number of friends contributing instrumentally, and in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-24)

Spirit - Tent of Miracles - Expanded Edition

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The year is 1990. It’s been nearly twenty years since the five-piece Spirit released their landmark album The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, and a good ten years since the band had...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-12)

Kanaan - Double Sun

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Though not new to Exposé, Kanaan is new to me. Double Sun is the third release by this Norwegian power trio. Over the course of 40 minutes and six instrumental tracks,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-29)

Stefan Orins - Summer's Hopes

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Stefan Orins is a pianist and composer with his hands in a lot of different projects: the jazz trio that bears his name, the Circum Grand Orchestra, Ten Worlds, Max Klezmer Band, and many others,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-08)

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 - 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)

Brian Woodbury - Balladry & Soliloquy

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Woodbury is a Los Angeles based songwriter, lyricist, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and all around wacky guy who composes for television, stage musicals, and his own quirky pop...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-05)

Corpo - III

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The Italian band Corpo (meaning Body) was originally formed in 1969 by three brothers from Montesardo: Biagio Calignano on keyboards and drums, Francesco Calignano on guitars, and Mario Calignano...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-09-02)

McStine & Minnemann - McStine & Minnemann

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The debut collaboration between Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann is proof that there’s more than one way to make progressive rock. There are no epic multi-part suites, no overarching...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-25)

Might - Might

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Might is a new name on the scene, a two piece band from Hanover, Germany, the husband-wife team of Sven Missullis (vocals, guitars, and drums) and Ana Muhi (vocals and bass). Offering their first...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-18)

Steinar Karlsen - Destination Venus

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Stretch your musical mind back to the early to mid-60s, and chances are quite good you will find Steinar Karlsen – or someone that sounds a lot like him, there. Fact be told, Norwegian...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-15)

OTEME - Un Saluto alle Nuvole

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Osservatorio delle Terre Emerse, or OTEME for short, is a most interesting musical collective, formed around 2010 by musical director Stefano Giannotti, creating a juxtaposition of rock and jazz...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-24)

Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men - Downtime

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It’s reassuring that Nick Piunti, purveyor of intelligent muscular power pop is still going strong in 2020 amid the global pandemic and all. His band is now The Complicated Men, pretty much a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-09)

Zanov - Chaos Islands

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Releasing his first album, Green Ray, in 1977, French synthesist Zanov (aka Pierre Salkazanov) created his sounds using typical tools of the period: ARP 2600, the VCS 3, the RMI, PS 3300,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-06)

Pablo Embon - Harmony Tales

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Argentinean born composer and multi-instrumentalist, by way of Israel for the past thirty years, Pablo Embon has released close to twenty albums going back to 2005’s Time to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-03)

Keith Relf - All the Falling Angels

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Most will know Keith Relf as the singer and harmonica frontman of the mighty Yardbirds for the entire duration of their six year run in the 60s. Others will know him as a founding member of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-21)

Al Bloch - It Was All Once Bright Jewels

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Moving along from the archival collection by My Favorite Martian, Al Bloch...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-22)

Billy Yfantis - Entering the Solar System

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On Entering the Solar System, Billy Yfantis presents ten tracks of abstract electronic sounds, most of which have the definite air of analog modular synthesis, though they were in fact...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-19)

Steve Roach - A Soul Ascends

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In the four decades that Steve Roach has been making music, he has released close to 150 albums, both solo and in collaboration, maybe even more that I’m not aware of, and each new release...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-25)

Odessey & Oracle - Crocorama

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Crocorama is certainly an oddball release, especially in contrast to the other Dur et Doux releases we’ve reviewed over the years. Instead of the harsh and intense music of ni, Ultra...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-26)

Mystified - Yenisei Crossing

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Mid-December 1999. I took a job as the desktop support guy at a defense contractor that made microwave RF components, and of course since nobody had held that position for a number of months, my...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-08-27)

Polly Fae - Metamorphosis

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It’s been less than a year since I reviewed Polly Fae’s previous release, Dreamwalkers,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-22)

Dive Index - Waving at Airplanes

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Waving at Airplanes is a very deceptive album. On the surface, it’s moody, atmospheric electronic pop, with references to trip-hop and off-kilter pop like Billie Eilish, but close...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-13)

Sophie Tassignon - Mysteries Unfold

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Sophie Tassignon’s Mysteries Unfold presents the first ever all-vocal album on RareNoise, and it’s a beautiful example of how versatile and emotional an instrument the human...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-10)

The Opium Cartel - Valor

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I’m going to say that The Opium Cartel is what happens when musicians at home in progressive rock turn their attention to mainstream pop. Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, Weserbergland,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-08-07)

The Lounge Bar Orchestra - Pilot Episodes

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Not one to shy away from oddball music, even if it is not remotely psychedelic, Keith Jones of Fruits de Mer, in partnership with Greg Healy (aka The Lounge Bar Orchestra), has issued an album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-08)

Gordon Grdina Septet - Resist

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While the opening track accounts for a solid album side and is certainly the main event here, the four additional tracks round out the set nicely, providing some stronger connections to the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-19)

Schizo Fun Addict - The Last Wave

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It is refreshing to witness a band growing and maturing their sound, rather than trying to recreate the past and not moving forward. Schizo Fun Addict’s new album, The Last Wave,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-23)

Quel Che Disse il Tuono - Il Velo dei Riflessi

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Quel Che Disse il Tuono is a young Italian prog band from Milan who have created a superb debut album Il Velo dei Riflessi, or in English, The Veil of Reflection. Now their name...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-20)

Mark McDowell and Friends - Breakthrough

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It truly is a beautiful day when you listen to Breakthrough, the new album by Mark McDowell and Friends. Golden sun flakes dapple the ground as you gambol through fields of sun-blossomed...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-17)

Datura 4 - West Coast Highway Cosmic

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Australian rockers Datura4 are back with their fourth album and they continue to hone and improve their sound. On West Coast Highway Cosmic they have added the hard rocking sounds of a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-14)

Sphaèros - Possession

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Sphaėros is a unique French artist, performer, and musician who has been the front man for Aqua Nebula Oscillator since 2000. For this solo effort, Sphaėros created seven pieces for seven films...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-11)

Les Grys-Grys - Milk Cow Blues

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Milk Cow Blues is the new single out on State Records by French garage / R & B deviants Les Grys-Grys. There is not a lot of information about the band, even though they have been...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-05)

Lakeman - Progenitor

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Lakeman is a Canadian quartet from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia consisting of Josh Bissonette (guitar, bass, keys/synth, and drums}, Josh Pym (guitar, bass, keys/synth, and vocals),...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-08-02)

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)

Robert Schroeder - C'est Magique

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Schroeder (or Schröder as it is sometimes written) is a prolific German electronic artist who has been plying his trade since the late 70s, with around three dozen releases to his credit,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-13)

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)

Anno Mundi - Land of Legends

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Land of Legends by Italian band Anno Mundi is an intriguing release. It contains eleven tracks, with the six bonus tracks from their 2018 album Rock in a Danger Zone, though all...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-30)

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...

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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)

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)

Wished Bone & Spencer Radcliffe - A Bug Crawled in the Piano

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Wished Bone is the nom de plume of Athens, Ohio based singer-songwriter Ashley Rhodus, who also plays guitar, who goes by the pseudonym Slim Morrison on some of her earlier recordings. Beginning...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-28)

Mythology - The Castle of Crossed Destinies

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Mythology is a new band on Black Widow Records that is shrouded in mystery. The only information that I can find, other than what is included in the liner notes, is that they are from Switzerland....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-18)

The Lost Stoned Pandas - Tune in... Turn on... Get Panda'd

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Band names are sometimes obvious, sometimes odd, and sometimes downright obscure. The Lost Stoned Pandas is one of the odd ones, coming out of the recording sessions for the 2019 Sendelica / The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2020-07-15)

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)

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)

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)

Hypercube - Brain on Fire

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First, before anything is said about the release at hand, let’s clear up what Hypercube is. If you go searching on Bandcamp you’re likely to run across Hypercube, a London...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-07-16)

Lemurian Folk Songs - Logos

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Psychedelic rock is an umbrella style that has several possible approaches to music making under it. One is song-based, taking after 60s bands like The Beatles, The Byrds, Strawberry Alarm Clock,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-07-14)

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)

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)

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...

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(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,...

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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)

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

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

vidnaObmana - The River of Appearance – In 1996 vidnaObmana recorded The River of Appearance, which was a high point of his early compositional style. Employing samples, loops, electronics, and sparse piano phrases, vidnaObmana crafted...  (2007) » Read more

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Mahavishnu – I don’t think anyone would argue against the idea that the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s peak was long past by the time John McLaughlin put this version of the band together. McLaughlin probably...  (2003) » Read more

John McLaughlin - Thieves and Poets – The solo acoustic works of guitar icon John McLaughlin have been in a world class category for the past thirty-five years. Thus finding a suitable compatriot in former student Yan Mareze with a...  (2006) » Read more

Stencil Forest - The Abyss – Stencil Forest is another example of “band makes an album that goes nowhere, disbands, then reforms years later to try it again.” The core of the 1983 lineup has returned — Frank...  (2007) » Read more

Fast 'n' Bulbous - Waxed Oop – Fast ‘n’ Bulbous is one of several tribute bands that Cuneiform has been nurturing in the last few years (along with Mahavishnu Project, Yo Miles, and Ed Palermo’s Zappa tribute...  (2010) » Read more



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