New Arrivals

New Arrivals
This was the second album released by this English-by-way-of-Germany spacerock band. It was recorded in 1972 and features Taff Freeman (mellotron, pianos, organ, vocals), Roye Albrighton (guitars, vocals), Mo Moore (bass) and Ron Howden (drums).
Despite my fondness for the pure psychedelic progressiveness of Journey To The Centre Of The Eye, A Tab In The Ocean is the first release where they really gain their very unique sound and sense of self. Another excellent spacerock release...

There was an amazingly high number of great albums being released on ECM during the 1970s and this is one of many beautiful, enjoyable classics. This 1978 release features his post-Odyssee group of Terje Rypdal-electric guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, Palle Mikkelborg-trumpet, fluegelhorn, RMI, tac piano, ring modulator, Sveinung Hovensjø-basses and Jon Christensen-drums, percussion. Not as powerful as Odysee (nothing is!), but as great in a different way.

This is simply an unbelievable find and has to qualify for archival release of the year!
After two albums, guitarist Michael Rother left Neu! & joined forces with the electronic duo Cluster (Hans Joachim Roedelius & Didier Moebius) in the mid 1970s. They made two brilliant albums that combined Rother's melodic sense with the early, home-made electronic king-klang of Cluster, were generally ignored at the time. Eventually the musicians kinda gave up on the whole starvation thing and moved onto other...

"Fresh off his tours supporting Mogwai and S U R V I V E, Majeure returns with a blistering EP of seemingly limitless synth textures and seemingly endless drum fills. Majeure – the solo moniker of Zombi and Contact cofounder, A.E. Paterra – has built a reputation as one of North America’s most interesting purveyors of synth-based rock music. Often overlooked is the fact that Paterra is also one of the world’s premiere prog-rock drummers, a fact that is emphatically obvious on Apex. Over the course of...

"Tim Bowness follows 2015’s Stupid Things That Mean The World - Top 10 in the UK ‘Rock’, ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Prog’ charts - with a release unlike any in his back catalogue.
Lost In The Ghost Light is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career. It is a grand statement about a grand era of music making and an undoubted highlight of Bowness’s career.
Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to...

"Tim Bowness follows 2015’s Stupid Things That Mean The World - Top 10 in the UK ‘Rock’, ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Prog’ charts - with a release unlike any in his back catalogue.
Lost In The Ghost Light is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career. It is a grand statement about a grand era of music making and an undoubted highlight of Bowness’s career.
Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to th

"Following the reissue of the entire recorded output of South London-based experimental act This Heat and its successor, Camberwell Now, Modern Classics Recordings holds the lens up to a special split album created by one of the driving forces behind those groups - drummer Charles Hayward - in collaboration with Italian musician Gigi Masin, whose looping, rhythmic, electronic compositions have seen his cult following grow in his four decades as a recording artist. Originally released on Belgium's Sub...

"Filipino-American Jon Irabagon has topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in Down Beat's critics polls and been named one of Time Out New York's 25 New York City Jazz Icons. A founding member of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, he is also an integral member of the Mary Halvorson Quintet, Dave Douglas Quintet, and Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor. John Hegre is a musician, songwriter, sound engineer, and a pioneer of the Norwegian noise music scene. He...

"Mental Experience present a reissue of Cozmic Corridors self-titled album. Cozmic Corridors is an underground kraut-kosmische monster, recorded and produced circa 1972-73 in Cologne by Toby "The Mad Twiddler" Robinson for his Pyramid label. The album was apparently released as an ultra-limited handmade edition back in the early '70s, but no original copies have surfaced (editor's note: which tells you everything you need to know about whether or not this was ever really released back in the day...)....

"Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by John Lees Barclay James Harvest - "North". The album (featuring all new material) draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst...

"For over forty years Gordon has enjoyed the well-deserved reputation as one of Britain’s greatest guitar players. He made his first recordings in the 1960s as folk artist, but by late 70s he had crossed into the Progressive Rock genre. A trio of albums on the Electric Records label earned Gordon much praise and an ever-increasing fan base. In 1979 he released the album “The Peacock Party” for PVK Records, (also re-released on Esoteric this month), a highly successful project. 1982’s “Airwaves” was his...

The third studio release since VDGG came back from their 30 year slumber. This one is quite different, as it is a selection of experiments and improvisations. As Peter says, "Most of the music on "ALT” was made while we weren't really looking, or...

"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce an official release of Rick Wakeman's live concert with the Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, in Lugano, Switzerland on the 2nd July 2009, where he performed strictly on the grand piano.
This event was the perfect setting for Wakeman s classically inspired compositions to be performed, including The King Arthur Suite, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Catherine Howard . With an orchestra conducted and arranged by Guy Protheroe, the Lugano concert...

IF you ever felt the need to hear Jello Biafra cover Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" and JG Thirwell cover Bowie's "Station To Station, both fronting the Melvins, well, then, you got off at the right stop!

"Normally, when a long-running band releases an album of covers, it's seen as the band just cutting loose, mixing it up, and having a little fun with someone else's songs for a change. The Melvins, however, are not a band that anyone would ever accuse of kowtowing to anyone's...

Modern pop from the vocalist of Doves, with a definite emphasis on experimentation within the form.

"Odludek, the solo debut from Doves' Jimi Goodwin, makes up for what it lacks in consistency of tone with a pioneering spirit that both mocks and celebrates the digital age. Genres be damned, Goodwin is at his heart a world-weary Brit-pop songsmith in the vein of Elbow's Guy Garvey, and there is some of that to be found here, but for the most part, Odludek's ten largely disparate tracks play like...

Harper is the son of Paul Simon and the music here is his own; I don't hear any discernable audio evidence of his father. This is more like modern psychedelia with folk and shoe-gazey touches, featuring a large number of supporting players, which very much give this a band sound.

"If you're looking for another Paul Simon album, look somewhere else. Harper Simon's most recent work has more in common with the power pop of Big Star, the guitar interplay of Television and the "Smile" era psychedelia...

Mats Gustafsson slide and baritone saxes
Craig Taborn piano
"Two very different musicians from the wide range of the jazz spectrum, Mats Gustafsson and Craig Taborn played together just once, for the 2015 edition of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, and that explains the chosen title of this LP. The meeting seemed improbable, but in what concerns improvisation, if the protagonists are committed explorers of spontaneity anything can happen, even the most extraordinary music. That was the case – the...

Stoned, shoe-gazey, pop-stoner-space rock sounds! Good shit, just like what they were smoking when they made this!

"Midwesterners often feel obligated to apologize for/complain about their landscape. Chicago’s Light Pollution does not. The contrasting feelings of wonderment and isolation evoked by the frozen Midwestern plains deeply pervade their sound.
23-year-old songwriter James Cicero grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, the son of Italian and Spanish Catholics. His grandfather was a...

Siinai are a quite good, Finnish instrumental space rock/shoegaze quartet with severe Krautrock tendencies. This 2014 release is their most recent album.

"Finnish four-piece Siinai makes a triumphant return with psychedelia-infused concept album Supermarket. The instrumental quartet released their Nordic Music Prize-nominated debut Olympic Games (Splendour) to international acclaim in 2011, elevating the project beyond the thriving Helsinki experimental-rock community. The quartet then joined...

"In 2003, Antipop Consortium's Beans and HPrizm (nee Priest) engaged Matthew Shipp, William Parker, drummer Guillermo Brown, vibraphonist Khan Jamal, and trumpeter Daniel Carter in a slippery exercise where hip-hop's new century rhymes met the new jazz in a delightful set. Eight years later, a quartet emerges with just Shipp and Parker alongside Antipop, and the creative stakes get upped. Rather than two groups coming together in another attempt to bridge the gap between hip-hop and jazz, this is...

"Though it may seem like a quaint, family-friendly entry into their iconic discography, the Beatles made major waves with the release of their eighth album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, in 1967. With wildly intricate and far-out production that wowed listeners, and possible references to drugs and counterculture to freak out the establishment, the proto-concept album would become a major influence on psychedelic music for decades to come. Looking to revisit this landmark album, Oklahoma's...

This is the expanded version which comes with the bonus 3" CD!
"One of the Flaming Lips' greatest strengths is how vividly they express emotions. For most of their career, they've focused on capturing wide-eyed wonder, unbridled glee, and the occasional poignant moment, but The Terror proves they're just as good at channeling despair. Embryonic hinted at this darker shift, but here it comes to a head: sparked by Wayne Coyne's separation from his longtime partner and Steven Drozd's struggles with...

"...there was a time when i would have had to have had this but to all intents and purposes it is an unpleasant listen of bizarre ambient noises and early synth sounds. for completists only I feel."-J.M. Edwards

"The term 'cybernetic music' had been coined shortly after World War 2 by Louis Barron, a pioneer in the early field of electronic sound generation and "musique-concrete", whose special focus was the parallel between natural and electronic behaviours ~ cybernetics! Together with his wife.

"Perhaps best known as the last adventure (until he came back a couple of times, as doctors tend to do) of the fifth Doctor, The Caves of Androzani featured an eerie and intense soundtrack that's well worth looking into on its own merits. Composed by Roger Limb, the serial's electronic score is the stuff of classic science fiction, with ethereal synthesizers creating a chilling soundscape to act as the backdrop for Peter Davison's terminal outing. Given the show's history with pioneering electronic music...

"“Invention, it must be humbly admitted,” as Mary Shelley humbly admitted in her introduction to her 1818 novel “Frankenstein,” “does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.”
Not out of void, but out of Tokyo, Sundays & Cybele have created “Chaos & Systems,” the monstrously overwhelming new album that could well serve as the band’s mission statement.
After (loudly) announcing their intentions on 2015’s ear-popping “Heaven,” the initial impression of “Chaos & Systems” leads one t

"“Invention, it must be humbly admitted,” as Mary Shelley humbly admitted in her introduction to her 1818 novel “Frankenstein,” “does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.”
Not out of void, but out of Tokyo, Sundays & Cybele have created “Chaos & Systems,” the monstrously overwhelming new album that could well serve as the band’s mission statement.
After (loudly) announcing their intentions on 2015’s ear-popping “Heaven,” the initial impression of “Chaos & Systems” leads one t

“After more than ten years, Mostly Other People Do the Killing sounds better than ever; reinvigorated, mischievous and perhaps more willing to take a deep breath in the midst of these multifaceted works.”-Karl Ackerman, All About Jazz

“If you thought the comic avant-garde free-jazz quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing went off the deep end years ago, it just found a deeper spot.”-Steve Greenlee, Jazz Times

“…uber-talented musicians who have fun with jazz tradition and the music...

"Italy's Ingrannagi della Valle delivered a dazzling and brilliantly performed debut, `In Hoc Signo', back in 2013 on the Black Widow label, a thrilling shot-in-the-arm for the traditional vintage symphonic RPI sound, fuelled by endless searing violin and extravagant vocals. It was the classic sound of Italy's proud prog past meeting a youthful and exuberant future, one for lovers of bands such as Quella Vecchio Locanda. So having accomplished that, what was next for the band? How about aiming even...

"Italy's Ingrannagi della Valle delivered a dazzling and brilliantly performed debut, `In Hoc Signo', back in 2013 on the Black Widow label, a thrilling shot-in-the-arm for the traditional vintage symphonic RPI sound, fuelled by endless searing violin and extravagant vocals. It was the classic sound of Italy's proud prog past meeting a youthful and exuberant future, one for lovers of bands such as Quella Vecchio Locanda. So having accomplished that, what was next for the band? How about aiming even...

"Timely outing from two grand masters of exploratory electronics. Kassel Jaeger is the moniker of French musician François Bonnet who works at the GRM and has released a number of books including the highly regarded The Order Of Sounds: A Sonorous Archipelago, published by Urbanomic in 2016. Jim O'Rourke is known to most through his explorations of the song and shapes, the high and low, the east and south. Wakes On Cerulean is a joint adventure where process folds upon process and the operation of...

"Following the reissue of the entire recorded output of South London-based experimental act This Heat and its successor, Camberwell Now, Modern Classics Recordings holds the lens up to a special split album created by one of the driving forces behind those groups - drummer Charles Hayward - in collaboration with Italian musician Gigi Masin, whose looping, rhythmic, electronic compositions have seen his cult following grow in his four decades as a recording artist. Originally released on Belgium's Sub...

"The first ever reissue of Requiem's For A World After, originally released in 1981. Dark, progressive, synth ambient meets Berlin-School sounds on this obscure kraut album, which "tells the story of a world annihilation through nuclear war." For A World After is full of delayed psychedelic electric guitar, effects, cold drum machines, waves of analog keyboards (Korg MS20, Casiotone 201, Crumar DS-2, Jupiter-4), and cosmic atmosphere.
George Speckert is a conceptual electronic composer based...

Vicent Doménech – alto sax
Alberto Cavenati – guitar
Bob Meanza – keys and electronics
Olga Nosova – drums
I like the idea of calling yourselves "jazz hooligans"! Fans of groups like Led Bib, Gutbucket, Tatvamasi, will totally, totally dig this!

"Bullsheep is the first studio album by Toxydoll, a Berlin-based “jazz hooligan” quartet, which has already released a live recording for Aut (Live at the Loophole, 2013). Bullsheep was recorded in the autumn of 2014, right after a tour

Henry Kaiser: 1998 Montelone Radio Flyer 7-string guitar
Damon Smith: 1934 Romanian or German flat back double bass

"My third or fourth improv concert was with Henry. We started playing a ton after that and slowly started developing this acoustic duo music. It must have started settling in around 1998 because I remember it being strongly connected to this 7 string guitar. When planning his first trip to Houston to play I asked him very nicely if he could please bring that guitar. He did, and..