Proud Peasant – Peasantsongs (Basement Avatar Records)

Oldfield, Crimson, Giant, Gryphon, Morricone... Proud Peasant. In December of 2014, some friends and I compiled our annual Top 10 Albums Of The Year lists, and there were very few surprises overall… but there was one. Way up near the top of my list was Flight, the charming out-of-the-blue debut from American band Proud Peasant,..

The Watch – The Art Of Bleeding

Sunset. After missing the last bus, she walks back tentatively to the house she has rented for the summer. A house with memories of holidays long ago. She shuts the door. In the half-light, something catches her eye. A chair has been moved, ever so slightly. And the darkness is deepening. This can’t be good...

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..

Auri – II: Those We Don’t Speak Of (Nuclear Blast)

The honeyed voice of Johanna Kurkela glides over the lush empyrean chords of Kiss The Mountain, the remarkably beautiful halfway point of Auri's sophomore release Those We Don't Speak Of. It's an unusual placement in the running order; other bands might have chosen such a piece to close their album, drifting off like a lullaby...

Steve Hackett – Surrender Of Silence (InsideOut)

It takes mere seconds to recognize the architect of the mysterious guitar as it emerges from the stillness. The famed fingers of Steve Hackett tap and glide across the fretboard with familiar dramatic flair in The Obliterati, the dark overture to his 28th studio album Surrender Of Silence. Notes bend until they cry out, primal..

Marillion – Fugazi deluxe edition (Parlophone)

'Fugazi is a good record, but could probably do with a remixing.'Nick Tauber, producer The weary jester lies alone, disrobed and sprawled across a hotel bed on a night that has too soon become morning. Evidence of meaningless trysts and the indulgences of his lifestyle lay strewn about him. Real and imagined objects pepper the..

Steve Howe – Homebrew 7 (HoweSound)

Delicate, quirky, melodic, dreamy, sentimental... and timeless. There's a warm comfort to delving into an entry in Steve Howe's now quarter century-running Homebrew series; a kind of low-key, casual examination of his personal tape archives and home recordings that acts as a companion to the more polished studio albums of his catalogue. Homebrew tracks don't..