Author: Paul Whimpenny

Features writer and album reviewer. Fan of all music from Vivaldi onwards with a predilection for classic and progressive rock from the 1970s.

Lifesigns – Altitude (Lifesigns Music)

Prog fans that like a pun might well ask the question ‘are Lifesigns showing any signs of life?’ The band formed by John Young way back in 2008 took until 2013 to release their eponymous debut album and it was a further four years before Cardington hit the shelves. That sort of distance between albums..

Hawkwind – Somnia (Cherry Red)

Brock has managed to show us that the journey into the sleeping brain is even stranger than the one into deepest space. Hawkwind have released a new studio album every year since 2016, and here they are like clockwork with this year’s release Somnia. It’s amazing really because Dave Brock is now officially an octogenarian...

Cosmograf – Rattrapante (Gravity Dream Music)

This is another fine prog album from Cosmograf and like most of its predecessors leaves one wondering why the band remains something of a hidden gem. A casual glance at the album title will have most readers scratching their heads, perhaps wondering whether this might be a culinary album about the joys of French food..

The Hawklords – Time

Back in 1978 Hawkwind fans probably looked at the original Hawklords album with a little disdain as Calvert and Brock, clearly influenced by the new wave of the time, delivered a set of tight punkish songs that were very far from the glorious space rock style that the mother ship Hawkwind had invented. Ironically, fast..

Kayak – Out Of This World (Inside Out Music)

This is veteran progressive rock/pop outfit Kayak’s 19th studio album. The band formed by Ton Scherpenzeel on keyboards and Pim Koopman on drums back in 1972 has consistently produced good light progressive rock music despite never quite reaching the fame of their more quirky and equally long-standing fellow countrymen Focus. If the name Scherpenzeel has..