‘The Myth of the Mostrophus’ the new solo album from Ryo Okumoto, is out today on InsideOutMusic.
The six-song Prog extravaganza from the long-time keyboardist for prog rock group Spock’s Beard features Okumoto’s signature style accompanied by the talents of a “who’s who” of progressive rock.
To celebrate the album’s released Ryo is pleased to share the breathtaking new video for the single “Chrysalis”, created by Christian Rios.
You can see the video below.
“Quite frankly, music does not get much more Proggy than this!” –The Prog Report
“This is a progger’s delight – 5 stars” – Prog Archives
The album features guest appearances by a number of incredible musicians including current and former Spock’s Beard bandmates:
Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard) – Drums & Vocals
Alan Morse (Spock’s Beard) – Guitar
Dave Meros (Spock’s Beard) – Bass
Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard. Transatlantic) – Vocals
Jimmy Keegan (Spock’s Beard) – Vocals
Steve Hackett (Genesis) – Guitar
Michael Sadler (Saga, ProgJect) – Vocals
Mike Keneally (Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, ProgJect) – Guitar
Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani, ProgJect) – Drums
Marc Bonila (Keith Emerson/Kevin Gilbert) – Guitar
Doug Wimbish (Living Colour) – Bass
Randy McStine (McStine & Minnemann, Porcupine Tree) – Guitars & Vocals
Lyle Workman (Todd Rundgren) – Guitar
Michael Whiteman (I Am the Manic Whale) – Guitars & Vocals
1. Mirror Mirror (9:27)
2. Turning Point (6:53)
3. The Watchmaker (Time On His Side) (6:25)
4. Maximum Velocity (8:11)
5. Chrysalis (7:35)
6. The Myth Of The Mostrophus (22:14)
Engineered and Mixed by Rich Mouser
Twenty years since Ryo Okumoto’s last solo album ‘Coming Through’ (2002), work on the new album began in November 2021, when Okumoto reached out to I Am The Manic Whale vocalist/bassist Michael Whiteman, following that band’s performance on a livestream event that Okumoto had taken part in. An exchange of demos resulted in the writing of the initial tracks for the album. Okumoto then reached out the fellow Spock’s Beard bandmates (Nick D’Virgilio, Alan Morse, Dave Meros, Ted Leonard and Jimmy Keegan) to join in and the album started to take shape before rounding out with additional guest stars through his Okumoto’s new group ProgJect including Michael Sadler, Jonathan Mover and Mike Keneally. With the additions of Steve Hackett, Marc Bonila, Doug Wimbish, Randy McStine, and Lyle Workman, the star-studded lineup was complete. The result is a prog rock tour de force from one of the most entertaining and influential artists of prog’s modern era.