Tag Archives: ambient

Album review: COLIN HARPER – Titanium Flag (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

COLIN HARPER - Titanium Flag

Market Square Records [Release date 24.04.17] The sad thing about this album is that most punters will be drawn in primarily by Track 3 which features legendary Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman.  In fairness, back in 2010 when this was released … Continue reading

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News: VANGELIS 13-CD Box Set released via Universal on 3 February – win a copy! (Competition)

Vangelis - Delectus box set

Modern music visionary Vangelis has announced the release on 3 February of a new 13-disc box set entitled ‘Delectus,’ featuring a chosen selection of his early discographic work.  The mammoth collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and … Continue reading

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Album review: VANGELIS – Delectus (Box set)

VANGELIS - Delectus

Win the box set!! (Comp. closes 19.02.17) UMC [Release date 03.02.17] Just too late for Xmas, comes this mammoth 13-disc box set of Vangelis’ albums on Vertigo and Polydor, remastered from the original first generation tapes under the big man’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: IAMTHEMORNING, Tim Bowness – Bush Hall, London, 14 November 2016

IAMTHEMORNING, Tim Bowness - Bush Hall, London, 14 November 2016

On a unique collaborative evening broken into two halves, Tim Bowness was first to take the stage with his merry band of musicians. Bowness, one half of No-Man (the other being prog legend Steven Wilson) was tonight showcasing his work … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JULIETTE STRANGE, NERISSA SCHWARZ, THE FERTILITY CULT, MAGNUSON

JULIETTE STRANGE Romeo Kills Romeo

JULIETTE STRANGE Romeo Kills Romeo [Release date 12.05.16] Sometimes you hear an album that just chimes with the way you are feeling at the time. ‘Romeo Kills Romeo’ may be one of those.  A collaboration (presumably via the ether) of … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC JOHNSON – EJ: Song Explorations on Acoustic and Piano

Eric Johnson - EJ

Provogue [Release date 07.10.16] ‘EJ’ is a stripped down celebration of simplicity and feel, bolstered by Eric Johnson’s dazzling technical ability on original material and some imaginative arranged covers. Austin guitarist Eric Johnson pushes himself into new musical avenues by … Continue reading

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Gig review: KING CRIMSON – Aylesbury Waterside, 3 September 2016

This was a journey deep into hard core prog territory and a little beyond. King Crimson have been on the go – give or take the odd hiatus – since 1968. However, our paths had not crossed until this steamy, … Continue reading

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Album review: RACHAEL YAMAGATA – Tightrope Walker

RACHAEL YAMAGATA - Tightrope Walker

Frankenfish Records [Release date 04.11.16] Virginia based singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata’s 4th studio album, to be supported by US and European tour dates, is something of a departure on a number of levels. Inspired by the ‘there is no why’ philosophy … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS ALLARD – Invisible Landscape

Chris Allard - Invisible Landscape

Perdido [Release date 10.06.16] Chris Allard probably won’t thank me for saddling him with the jazz fusion tag, but he’s a subtle guitarist who evokes the likes of John Schofield and Lee Ritenour over 10 tracks full of inspired interplay, … Continue reading

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Album review: FORBIDDEN PLANET – From Bedroom To Oblivion

FORBIDDEN PLANET – From Bedroom To Oblivion

CD Baby  [Release date 11.10.15] Not to be confused with anything pertaining to science fiction, save for some obtuse voice-over snippets, Forbidden Planet is a Singapore based instrumental prog rock outfit with an open ended style that finds them truly … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SOUTHERN COMPANION, RACKHOUSE PILFER, MATT WOOSEY

SOUTHERN COMPANION  1000 Days Of Rain

SOUTHERN COMPANION  1000 Days Of Rain [Release date 23.02.15] On first listen you’d be forgiven for thinking The Southern Companion were from across the pond with their soulful brand of blues / rock infused Americana / country.  In fact, you … Continue reading

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Album review: ANDY SUMMERS – Metal Dog

ANDY SUMMERS - Metal Dog

Andy Summers Music/Cargo Records [Release date 15.01.16] A new solo album from Andy Summers?  He of the heavily arpeggiated, chorused but always ear-friendly guitaring?  He’s released a string of solo albums since ‘XYZ’ in 1987 and his last release was … Continue reading

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Album review: TANGERINE DREAM – Out Of This World (Vinyl Edition)

TANGERINE DREAM - Out Of This World

Invisible Hands Music [Release date (vinyl): 11.12.15] Released in memory of Edgar Froese, founding member of the legendary electronic rock pioneers Tangerine Dream who sadly passed away in January 2015, ‘Out Of This World’ is a compilation of the band’s … Continue reading

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Quick plays: FOREVER STILL, KARI RUESLATTEN, CELIA ROSE

FOREVER STILL Tied Down

FOREVER STILL Tied Down [Release date 15.01.16] Danish female fronted heavy rockers Forever Still’s debut release is typically ‘in your face’ mixing some bludgeoning riffs from the fret board of Mikkel Haastrup, with melodic lead vocals from Maja Schoenning. While … Continue reading

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Album review: BEAR SUCCESS – Brevira

BEAR SUCCESS – Brevira

Downport Records [Release date 01.07.15] New York instrumental outfit Bear Success describe themselves as new post-rock band outfit. Their debut album ‘Brevira’ comes with a Colin Fangicetto’s trippy art work and suitably places the emphasis on ambient moods, shifting rhythmic textures … Continue reading

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Album review: 4th LABYRINTH – Quattro Stagioni

4th Labyrinth - Quattro Stagioni

  4th Labyrinth Music [Release date 04.09.15] Described as classic progressive rock & pop band, 4th Labyrinth is much more than that. They are a band that reaches well beyond the 4 seasons concept of the album title. And while … Continue reading

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Album review: SOLEY MOURNING – The Rocket Pool

SOLEY MOURNING – The Rocket Pool

Saltdog Records [Release date 29.06.15] West Midland hard rock band Soley Mourning draw on classic rock antecedents and well crafted, passionately played songs to shape their own brand of intense melodic hard rock. They are unafraid to tackle meaningful lyrics … Continue reading

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Album review: SEAN TAYLOR – The Only Good Addiction Is Love

SEAN TAYLOR – The Only Good Addiction Is Love

The Pete Feenstra Feature – Sean Taylor (14 June 2015) by Get Ready To Rock! Radio on Mixcloud Sean Taylor Songs [Release date 15.06.15] ‘The Only Good Addiction is Love’ is Londoner Sean Taylor’s seventh album and is another step … Continue reading

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Gig review: NORDIC GIANTS – Contemporary, Nottingham, 8 May 2015

NORDIC GIANTS - Contemporary, Nottingham, 8 May 2015

It’s not often nowadays that you go to a gig and witness something so strikingly powerful that you are drawn into, and feel like part of, the performance, The Nordic Giants have done that tonight as they blend the visuals … Continue reading

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Album review: OTIS TAYLOR – Hey Joe Opus Red Meat

Inakustik[Released 02.03.15] Otis Taylor sets himself a tall order by choosing two versions of ‘Hey Joe’ with which to convey a theme and set a high musical standard.  He fashions the song to his own end, taking Hendrix’s reading of … Continue reading

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