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Album review: DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA – Fingers Pointing At The Moon

DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA - Fingers Pointing At The Moon

Platinum Pursuits/Proper Records [Release date 09.03.18] I’m not quite sure why this album, originally released in 2014, by Winchester-based three piece Joe Dworniak (bass/backing vocals), Greg Bone (lead and rhythm guitars/backing vocals), and Chris Lapsa (lead vocals/guitars and keys), who … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GARDENING CLUB – The Riddle

THE GARDENING CLUB - The Riddle

Advance copy [Release date: tbc] www.martinspringett.com The Gardening Club’s debut album dating back to 1983 is something of a minor prog classic. Canadian illustrator and musician Martin Springett, English expat and absorber of distinctly English prog stylings, has now unleashed … Continue reading

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Interview: PETE TREWAVAS (KINO/MARILLION)

Kino - Radio Voltaire

Kino release their new album, ‘Radio Voltaire’ – their first in over fifteen years – via Inside Out on 23 March. Kino consists of John Mitchell (Frost*, Lonely Robot, Arena), Pete Trewavas (Marillion,Transatlantic) and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Lonely Robot). Pete tells … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ESP 2.0, ROAMER, UNRULY CHILD

ESP 2.0 - 22 Layers Of Sunlight

ESP 2.0 22 Layers Of Sunlight [Release date 20.04.18] www.suncreative.com ESP released a very enjoyable prog rock album in 2016′s ‘Invisible Din’ and now they are back with a revamped line-up. Composer/producer/guitarist Tony Lowe and Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki … Continue reading

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Album review: DUKES OF THE ORIENT

DUKES OF THE ORIENT

Frontiers [Release date  23.02.18] Dukes Of The Orient is centred around vocalist/bassist John Payne and keyboards player Erik Norlander, however they have their origins in Asia featuring John Payne. In that guise John Payne has worked with guitarists Guthrie Govan, … Continue reading

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News: FRUITS DE MER RECORDS celebrate 10th birthday with Glastonbury Gig

Goldfish: 10 Years of Fruits de Mer Records

Independent label Fruits de Mer Records celebrate their 10th birthday in 2018 with a raft of releases and a birthday celebration at the King Arthur pub in Glastonbury on 12 May. The gig has already sold out and will be … Continue reading

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Album review: KINO – Radio Voltaire

KINO - Radio Voltaire

Inside Out [Release date 23.03.18] John Mitchell has often said  in past interviews that there may be a second Kino album to follow the excellent ‘Picture’ album released back in 2005, however it never seemed that imminent until earlier this year … Continue reading

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Album review: LESOIR – IV Latitude

LESOIR - IV Latitude

Gentle Art Of Music [Release date 13.04.18] Dutch female fronted prog/metalers Lesoir’s last album Luctor Et Emergo (2015) left no enduring mark on my consciousness (or music library), and it was only spotting the cover whilst researching that rang a … Continue reading

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Album review: FREQUENCY DRIFT – Letters To Maro

FREQUENCY DRIFT - Letter To Maro

Gentle Art of Music [Release date 13.04.18] Quite how German cinematic rock band Frequency  Drift’s last release Last (2016) slipped through the GRTR! net (after Alan Jones waxing lyrical about the life-reaffirming qualities of Ghosts (2011), Laid To Rest (2012), … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – Air Cut (reissue)

CURVED AIR - Air Cut

Esoteric [Release date: 26.01.18] Interviewed in the booklet notes for Esoteric’s contemporaneous reissue of the bands’ 1970 debut ‘Air Conditioning’, chanteuse linchpin Sonja Kristina opined it – and this later release – to be her faves, and it’s clear why. … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – Air Conditioning (reissue)

CURVED AIR - Air Conditioning

Esoteric [Release date: 26.01.18] Whether by design or default, Warner Bros hit something of a mother lode when they launched their UK music arm back in 1970 with the much trumpeted signing of this then-unknown talent. It was a leap … Continue reading

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Album review: GLEB KOLYADIN – s/t

Gleb Kolyadin

KScope [Release date 23.02.18] Gleb Kolyadin is one half of the highy-rated (and award-winning) Russian progsters iamthemorning.  This, his first solo album, reveals his inspirations no more so than on the breezy opener ‘Insight’, ‘Kaleidoscope’ and ‘Echo Sigh Strand’.  These … Continue reading

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Album review: FRACTAL MIRROR – Close To Vapour

FRACTAL MIRROR - Close To Vapour

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 26.01.18] My heart sinks when I see a shallow Press Release signposting a band as being of the ‘Progressive/Art Rock’ genre, and then sinks several degrees further when I see the only other information (apart … Continue reading

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Album review: KAYAK – Seventeen

KAYAK - Seventeen

Inside Out [Release date 12.01.18] Kayak was founded in 1972 by keyboardist/composer Ton Scherpenzeel, who is the sole remaining original member, as the band release their seventeenth studio album. Ton is joined in Kayak by singer Bart Schwertmann and guitarist Marcel Singor, … 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: MAGMA – Mekanïk Destruktï? Kommandöh

MAGMA - Mekanïk Destruktï?

Seventh Records [Release date: 25.11.17] When the album ‘Mekanïk Destruktï? Kommandöh’ hit the racks in UK and US record stores in 1973, it was assumed to be a debut because nobody had heard of the band, and – judging by … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GARDENING CLUB

THE GARDENING CLUB

Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 22.09.17] A lost prog classic?  That might be applied to this reissue of an album originally released in 1983 and the work of UK-born, now Canadian resident Martin Springett. The album will appeal to fans of … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE KERZNER – Static

DAVE KERZNER - Static

Recplay [Release date 10.11.17] The second solo album from Miami-based keyboard maestro and co-founder of Sound Of Contact (Kernzer/Simon Collins) is creating something of a stir in prog circles.  Perhaps, of little surprise given the heavyweight guest appearances of Steve … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SONIC TOOLBOX, THE MAGNETIC SOUTH

SONIC TOOLBOX - A Space In Time

SONIC TOOLBOX A Space In Time Double Dutch, anyone?  Sonic Toolbox, a fairly grizzly pair of old proggers (?) from Denmark who – on the cover art – look like Boris Becker and Robert Plant after a night on the … Continue reading

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Album review: ALAN SIMON – Excalibur IV The Dark Age Of The Dragon

ALAN SIMON - Excalibur IV The Dark Age Of The Dragon

Babaika Productions [Release date 03.11.17] The first reference I saw to Alan Simon was the credit on Sonja Kristina’s recent anthology – it’s the track that’s also included here called ‘The Passion’.  Then an Alan Simon compilation arrives to add … Continue reading

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