November 29, 2020

Grumblewood – Stories Of Strangers (Gravity Dream)

Exquisite, skillful, rich in imagination and feel... The debut album from Grumblewood plays like a lost classic. It certainly doesn't have much 21st century about it, and yet it's a wonderfully refreshing change. You see, this quartet from Wellington, New Zealand merrily ignores boundaries, feeling every bit at home playing trippy bass lines and groovin'..

Frost* – 13 Winters (InsideOut)

An eight-disc treasure chest that rewards the patience of starved Frost*heads... When it rains, it pours. Or maybe in Frost's case, when it snows, it… er, never mind. The fact is, until this year there hadn't been a new Frost* release in four years. Then in June came Others, a digital EP of new material..

Light Engineering – The Ghost in the Studio (Northern Soundscapes)

Light Engineering is another project from the prolific singer/songwriter Tim Hunter, a Yorkshire-based musician but also script-writer, actor, music-producer and record label owner (Northern Soundscapes). Tim describes Light Engineering as a side project, although given the above litany of skills he is clearly a restless creative sort! The name Light Engineering originated as a spin-off..

Mark Kelly’s Marathon (earMUSIC)

Kelly's first foray away from the Marillion mothership is a somewhat breezier affair. Incredibly, it's already been a dozen years since the short, moody piece Liquidity (on Marillion's Happiness Is The Road vol. I) begged the question: what could Mark Kelly do on his own, and why hasn't he done that yet? He's contributed playing..

Steve Hackett – Under A Mediterranean Sky released 22 Jan 2021

Iconic guitarist Steve Hackett releases his new acoustic album Under A Mediterranean Sky on 22nd January 2021 as a limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP-booklet and Digital Album via InsideOut Music. Under A Mediterranean Sky is Steve Hackett’s first acoustic solo album since Tribute in 2008 and takes inspiration from Steve’s extensive..

Anthony Phillips – Missing Links I – IV (Esoteric)

There's been something of a renaissance these last several years with regard to the music of Anthony Phillips, and fans have been suitably spoiled as a result - especially those with an affinity for boxed sets. Esoteric Recordings have seen to that with their extensive reissue campaign, resurrecting titles from across Ant's vast catalogue, giving..

Airbag – A Day At The Beach (Karisma Records)

This album is likely appeal to a broad range of prog fans, young and old. This is the fifth album from Norwegian prog rock outfit Airbag.  The band is now just a trio with Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass) having left since 2016’s Disconnected. Leader of the band remains guitarist Bjørn Riis..

Pyramid Theorem – Beyond The Exosphere

It's been a mighty long time since I played an album three times in a row, back-to-back (to back). But so taken was I with Beyond The Exosphere, the new platter from Toronto quartet Pyramid Theorem, I was compelled to listen again, and I knew I must have discovered something special. The strange thing is,..

The Flower Kings – Islands (InsideOut)

Swedish Kings' fourteenth album is a balm for the wounded souls of 2020... Despite Roine Stolt's established productivity, it still seemed out of the blue when a new Flower Kings album was announced less than a year after their last one. But on reflection, a global lockdown is a sure-fire catalyst for an uptick in..