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.
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!
Oaksenham are a progressive rock band formed in Yerevan, Armenia in 2001. It’s exceptionally good symphonic prog.
https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=789366971/album=100394288/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/ Evolving, like all prog, from psych and jazz, the Latin American scene is full of imaginative fusion and wild technical prowess. via The Rich History—and Present—of Latin American Prog — Bandcamp Daily
Jeff Treppel of Bandcamp does a decent job of introducing new audiences to some rather wonderful Italian progressive rock, both old and new, here on Bandcamp’s WordPress blog.
Univers Zero provides a gloomy soundtrack to darken your day.
My friends and colleagues from Spain’s finest jazz radio program, La Montaña Rusa, dedicate a program to the work of guitarist Allan Holdsworth, who passed away this week. Click on Allan’s picture or here to listen to the podcast.
As do I. May you rest in peace, Greg Lake.
Modrý Efekt (Blue Effect) were one of the great Czechoslovakian art rock bands of the 1970s. We were given the bad news that their leader and guitarist, Radim Hladík, passed away today. Rest in peace.
All credit goes to Vyacheslav Lunarin for introducing me to Disen Gage, a Russian progressive rock group whose album reminds me of a lot of the classic Rock-In-Opposition groups of the past.