Arturo Stàlteri is a pianist who originally gained fame with the Italian progressive chamber rock group Pierrot Lunaire as a 15-year-old. He is still making magnificent music today, but this particular album is an album which was recorded in 1980 but shelved until today.
I don’t like the term noir for music unless it fits in a film-like connotation, but there’s something pleasantly dark in this new release by Luís Lapa & Pé de Cabra, two Portuguese jazz heads. The Saul Bass-inspired cover art gives it away, I suppose, but the music is quite deep.
Noah Berlatsky of Bandcamp Daily gives a decent retrospective on some of the great progressive and psychedelic bands which came out of South America during the 1970s, though, sadly, the Mellow Records contributions seem to be permanently deleted, which is a shame.
Nawksh are a psychedelic rock band out of Karachi, Pakistan, and seem to fit perfectly onto the Guruguru Brain roster of freakish electro-psych.
I’m pleased to point you dear readers to a progressive rock blog that covers a lot of music I missed, mainly symphonic prog. My Facebook friend César Inca Mendoza Loyola runs Autopoietican – Apuntes de Musica Progresiva Contemporanea, a blog you should consider subscribing to immediately!
Here’s some really relaxed folky-vibed psychedelic music from Sintez, a hip band out of Uzbekistan.
A mind-blowing good new release by Seirios Savvaidis, μώλυ (“moody”) is a masterpiece which recalls groups like the Japanese folk-psych group Ghost, Amon Düül II, Popol Vuh and drops of old Greek psychedelic records from the 60s and 70s.
Falling Into Birds is an avant-progressive/Rock-In-Opposition band led by guitarist Joey Bishop. They bring together such influences as Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, touches of the freakier moments of King Crimson, and maybe a dash of the Belgian Aksak Maboul. Truly one of the most remarkable releases of 2017!
I wish to thank my friend Peter Delchev for introducing me to a brilliant math-rock band out of Bulgaria called Mental Architects. I had no idea these guys were pretty much in front of my face during my recent Balkan visit. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more, and for those who book festivals, I’d …
Oaksenham are a progressive rock band formed in Yerevan, Armenia in 2001. It’s exceptionally good symphonic prog.