It’s time to wrap up things for the end of the year, and the next couple of posts will help me close up shop for 2018. I want to thank Alberto Matsumura for his friendship and for sending me a loud, electro, proggy, Neu!-ish killer of a space-rock/techno mish-mash EP to enjoy.
[Music] Expo ’70 – Awakening
There are so many good neo-krautrock and neo-psychedelic bands that it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. It seems a new one comes out every day, and the quality is consistently great.
Take Expo ’70, a band out of Kansas. They tie together Krautrock with a minimalist aesthetic that balances out very well.
[Music] The Vryll Society – Andrei Rublev
You have to be something else to make a song called Andrei Rublev, especially one with a Krautrock influence. Nice one, lads!
Liverpool psych-pop five-piece The Vryll Society have released a new single, “Andrei Rublev.”
The band are currently working on their debut album, and have released a series of singles and an EP titled Pangea through famed Liverpool indie label Deltasonic Records (The Coral, The Zutons, White Room). The band recently supported The Kooks, Blossoms and The Coral in the U.K., and they also made an appearance at last year’s SXSW festival in Austin.
Their stunningly beautiful new song, “Andrei Rublev” is as mellowing as it is hypnotic, with frontman Mike Ellis’ calming lead vocals, their kraut-rock rhythm section, lush synth soundscapes and intricate psych guitar lines. The song’s raw power sneaks up on listeners with its trotting bass line and shimmering Procol Harum-esque keyboards before it erupts with euphoric sonic textures and biting guitar solos.
The Vryll Society’s new track’s title refers to a 1966 Soviet historical drama of the…
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[Music] Fujiya & Miyagi – Transparent Things
No, Fujiya & Miyagi are not Japanese, though the name apparently comes from a brand of record players and a memorable character from the movie The Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi, played by long-time actor Pat Morita. They’re Brighton lads, and they do a stunningly good impression of Neu! and similar Krautrock bands.
[Music] 破地獄/Scattered Purgatory – 山險峻/Sua-Hiam-Zun
Scattered Purgatory are a heavy psychedelic band out of Taipei, Taiwan, whose influences seem to include Krautrock bands like Can and Amon Düül II, as well as Japanese psychedelic-folk bands like Ghost.
[Music] Kikagaku Moyo – Forest of Lost Children (2018 Reissue Pre-Order)
Japanese band Kikagaku Moyo have become my favorite modern psych band. Though this particular release came out in 2014, it has now been reissued on vinyl. The band carry the tradition of bands like Ghost and and perhaps The Flower Travellin’ Band.
[Music] 10 new reissues to add to your collection in early 2018
According to our friends at The Vinyl Factory, 2018 will be a magnificent year for reissues. Included in this article are releases from Klaus Schulze, Songs: Ohia, Holger Czukay, Sun Ra and Kuniyuki Takahashi among others.
[Music] Rick’s Reissue Roundup: Attack of the Spring Box Sets!
Shed a tear for the hardcore prog collector — actually, don’t. This week has been absolutely crammed with articulate announcements looking to part fans from their hard-earned cash or pull them deeper into debt. And no, I’m not talking about the upcoming Derek Smalls solo album. Check out what’s coming our way as winter (hopefully) […]
via Rick’s Reissue Roundup: Attack of the Spring Box Sets! — Progarchy
Thanks to Rick for posting this. What a good year this is going to be for prog-heads!
[Music] Julian Cope – Supernatural Agencies
Welcome to 2018, and a very loud, Krautrock-inspired jazz-fusion track that would have fit nicely on Miles Davis’ ‘Dark Magus‘ period albums. Thank Julian Cope for this noisy groover.
[Music] Autopoietican – Apuntes de Musica Progresiva Contemporanea
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!