Overview: Homunculus Res are a tremendous new Canterbury styled band from Italy that have perfectly captured the spirit of another era. Brilliantly mixing melody and complexity, with a jazzy undertone. UMR notes
News: We have news straight from Stephen Parsick (see comments). I will just paste it in here with embedded links. Thanks for kindly mentioning ['ramp]'s work here -- I'd like to point out, though, that ['ramp] celebrated the 20th anniversary of their very first live concert last year by releasing "synchronize or die" on CD "SoD" will be followed by a release on 2x12 in February 2018 (check Adasonia Records).['ramp]'s latest release "no sleep 'til wilmersdorf" is due for release in May 2018. Both albums are firmly rooted in Berlin School territory (or Bielefeld School, as I like to call it). (ed: LOL)
Overview: Ramp started out as pure play Berlin School electronic band, and one of the best at that. They later moved to a style they referred to as "doombient" (which apparently they have trademarked). I haven't heard these myself, but as you see in the comments,…
Read about this the purpose and idea of this thread at the bottom of this post. Feel free to opine on any of these albums as you wish.
Dai Kaht (Finland)
Mouth - Vortex (Germany)
Prior entries that have yet to be purchased or heard
Consorzio Acqua Potabile - Coraggio e Mistero (Italy) New album with Alvaro Fella (Jumbo!) on vocals. Considering this HiPo because of the Fella presence
Cosmic Triggers (Russia)
Fatal Fusion (Norway)
Il Fauno di Marmo (Italy)
Jordsjo (Norway) OK - just a quick update that Jordsjo will have a CD out in the fall. Yaay! (eventually)
Kungens Män (Sweden) This band many releases already, and 5 are durable mediums. Looks like a group to check out at least one of.
Merry Go Round (Italy)
Mythic Sunship (Denmark)
Professor Tiptop (Norway)
The Winstons (Italy)
Prior entries that have been heard
Avatarium - The Girl With the Raven Mask (Sweden) This worked out and a review was put u…
News: Addendum and good news at that - Now on CD! Vespero has just announced their latest studio album Shum-SHIR, which will be out November 17th. That's the good news. The OK news is that it will be LP only (on Tonzonen). I'm not so keen on this trend myself. I love LPs - but from another era. Oh well I'll probably get it anyway, since I'm such a huge fan of the band. Band says: "Shum-Shir' is second part of 'Abyssinian Tales' (first -'Lique Mekwas' was released as CD on R.A.I.G. In 2016). Fully instrumental psyche-kraut-rock with ethno influences. Mastered by Eroc." WebsiteSamplesFacebook
Overview: Vespero are a space rock band from Astrakhan, a city on the northern shore of the Caspian Sea in Southern Russia, near the border of Kazakhstan. So, in effect, miles from anything familiar. And yet there are few bands today - or perhaps none - that have captured the European spirit of space rock, Krautrock, and progressive r…
Kenso - s/t. 1980 Pam (LP); 1995 Arcangelo (CD)
Kenso - II. 1982 Pam (LP); 1993 King (CD); 2002 Pathograph (CD papersleeve)
Kenso - s/t (aka III). 1985 Nexus (LP; CD); 2011 King (CD papersleeve)
Kenso - Sparta. 1989 Crime (CD); 2009 Pathograph as Sparta Naked (CD)
Kenso - Yume No Oka. 1991 King; 2011 Pathograph (CD papersleeve)
Kenso - Esoptron. 1999 King (CD); 1999 Musea (France CD)
Kenso - Ken-Son-Gu-Su. 2000 Pathograph (CD)
Kenso - Fabulis Mirabilibus De Bombycosi Scriptis. 2002 Nexus (CD); 2002 Vinyl Magic (Italy CD)
Kenso - Utsuroi Yuku Mono. 2006 King (CD) Kenso - Uchi Naru Koe Ni Kaikiseyo. 2014 King (CD)
There are many other live and archival releases from the band, though I only own Ken-Son-Gu-Su. All the other entries above represent their studio albums. There's also a 14 CD box set on King that contains all their studio albums through 2012, as well as a handful of live recordings.
Henry Fool - s/t. 2001 Cyclops; 2013 KScope
Henry Fool - Men Singing. 2013 KScope (CD; LP)
The band's last activity was in 2014, which seems to be their pattern I'm afraid.
I suppose a Porcupine Tree comparison is
unavoidable on Henry Fool's debut album. Especially considering the vocal tracks. That is to say, the
more melancholic efforts from Porcupine Tree replete with mellotron. The instrumental parts range
from lounge jazz to pure psychedelic bliss - and all points between.
Radical in its own way - though not necessarily ground breaking. It's
not until track 4 that vocals are even heard. There are 16 tracks in all. This is
the same spirit that classic progressive rock had in the 1970's - making music just to make
music. No end purpose in sight. Exciting concept if you think about it...
I didn't think we'd hear from this band again.... BUT I was wrong.... as is often the case. Fortunately....
Overview: Quaterna Réquiem were one of the first bands of the late 1980s/early 90s progressive rock renaissance to review the works of the Mediterranean bands such as Quella Vecchia Locanda and Gotic, rather than the standard English "Big 3" of Genesis, Yes, and ELP.
Happy Family - s/t. 1995 Cuneiform (USA)
Happy Family - Toscco. 1997 Cuneiform (USA); 1997 Arcangelo
Happy Family - Minimal Gods. 2014 Cuneiform (USA)
Perhaps no band arrived with such an
in-your-face sound as Happy Family did in 1995. Their fabled live shows
were popular amongst the tape trading crowd of the early 1990s. So there
was quite a bit of buzz on what their first CD would sound like. The
band insisted their albums come out on the preeminent Avant Prog label
Cuneiform, and were willing to wait until that label had room on their
release schedule. By 1995, anticipation was high, and Happy Family not
only delivered, but exceeded, most everyone's expectation.
the first track 'Rock & Young'. Hard to imagine anyone delivering
such a strong overpowering opening punch as Happy Family did here. If
this track doesn't move your heart rate up a few beats, you're probably dead already, and no one told you (did Aunt Sally for…
News: According to a September post on Facebook: "Scherzoo was in the studio in August to record the eight titles of their 4th album, and everything went great! The album is currently in the mix." I never did hear the 3rd album, being somewhat spooked by the second one. Certainly a band I continue to follow however and welcome any chance I can to hear them.
News: Elephant9 are set to release their 5th album (on Feb 16) entitled Greatest Show on Earth (who remembers that fine early 70s UK band?). Label says: "On this, their fifth studio album, they are back to the core trio of their two first albums, with Ståle Storløkken (keyboards), Nikolai Hængsle (bass) and Torstein Lofthus (drums). "The Greatest Show On Earth" displays some truly astonishing playing and is a more dynamic, structured and focused album with all tracks clocking in between five and seven minutes." Hmmm, not liking that guitarist Fiske is not around anymore, but OK, let's see what they come up with.
Overview: If you like overdriven Hammond organ and
Rhodes piano - completely fuzzed out to the maximum - all immersed
within interesting instrumental compositions, then Elephant9 are for
you. Their last 2 albums feature former Landberk / current Dungen's guitarist Reine Fiske, and have started to move into a 1970 era …