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Album review: GALEN AYERS – Monument

GALEN AYERS - Monument

Bombinate [Release date: 27.07.18] A confident debut here from this British US/Greece-based singer-songwriter, ‘Monument’ births short/sharp essays in personal values and beliefs in a swell of acoustic ambience. Cool to the point-of-chilly opener, ‘You Choose’ sets out her stall with … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIRITS BURNING & MICHAEL MOORCOCK – An Alien Heat

Spirits Burning - An Alien Heat

Gonzo/Multimedia [Release date 19.10.18] ‘An Alien Heat’ pairs Don Falcone’s innovative San Francisco band Spirits Burning with 70′s Hawkwind alumnus and sci-fi fantasy writer Michael Moorcock. Best known for his work on Hawkwind’s 1975 album ‘Warrior on the Edge of … Continue reading

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Album review: VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

Pete Feenstra chatted to Vola’s Asger Mygind in a show first broadcast in October 2018 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special features tracks from the new album. Mascot records [Release date 12.10.18] Vola’s name means flying in … Continue reading

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Album review: DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

Self release [Release date 01.08.18] The fact that the Delta Ladies have re-mastered and expanded their 2016 ‘Hillbilly Trance’ album suggests they think they are on to a good thing. And they are not wrong. They have expanded their folk … Continue reading

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Album review: TURYA – Ocean

TURYA - Ocean

Turya Music [Release date 10.08.18] The debut album from Nicki Wells, aka Turya, is a thing of fragile, delicate beauty. Born and now settled in London, Turya takes her inspiration from Indian classical music, having grown from the age of … Continue reading

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Album review: WARREN GREVESON – Voyager (CD/DVD)

WARREN GREVESON - Voyager

Market Square [Release date 05.09.18] www.marketsquaremusic.com/voyager With the prolonged lunar eclipse at the end of July, scheduled flights to the outer reaches being planned for rich “space tourists” … in 2018 we are still fascinated with space and space travel. … Continue reading

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Album review: RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

Self release [Release date 01.04.18] From the opening filmic feel of ‘Blues At Sunrise’ to the conceptually opposite of ‘Blues At ‘Twilight’ – two ambient blues instrumentals that top and tail Ritchie Dave Porter’s ‘End Of The Line’ – this … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURA MEADE – Remedium

LAURA MEADE - Remedium

Doone Records [Release date 18.05.18] Anyone heard of New York-based progressive rock band Izz?  No, me neither, but they’re another in a long line of bands inspired by the pioneers such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, and Renaissance. Laura … Continue reading

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Album review: AURI – s/t (Tuomas Holopainen)

AURI

Nuclear Blast [Release date 23.03.18] Auri – a side project of Nightwish pair Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) and Troy Donockley (acoustic guitars, Uilleann pipes, vocals) – is one that’s been a while in the gestation. The oldest song in the set, … Continue reading

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Album review: TONOCHROME – A Map In Fragments

TONOCHROME - A Map In Fragments

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 02.02.18] The debut album from London based art rock quartet, has proggy undertones, but at heart is more rooted in jazz and ambient soundscapes. The brainchild of singer and main songwriter Andres Razzini, it’s an … Continue reading

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Album review: WHEN MARY – Tainted

WHEN MARY - Tainted

Sonicbond [Release date 10.11.17] The second album from Norwegian art rock band When Mary – Trude Eidtang (vocals, synth, percussion, glockenspiel), Christian Paulsen (guitars, programming, synth, bass) and Vidar Uthaug (synth, organ, korg, Rhodes) is a rather enchanting affair. That … Continue reading

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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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