It’s a crying shame that Belarusian Rock-In-Opposition-influenced band Rational Diet is no more. For my taste, they had carried the torch first illumined by bands such as Art Zoyd, Univers Zero and Henry Cow.
Gwenno are a band from Wales who just popped onto my radar. File under neo-Krautrock-influenced bliss.
Catherine Ribeiro is France’s psychedelic chanteuse. From what I understand, she is still making music. This is from her peak period, and it still sounds stunning.
I’ve yet to hear a bad track from Kraftwerk. Thanks the my incredible friends on my Facebook feed who pointed me to this lilting piece of electronic music.
Firyuza were a prog-jazz-funk band from Turkmenistan. The album is a classic in the Soviet Rock world.
While fronting one of the greatest of all progressive rock bands in Van Der Graaf Generator, Peter Hammill was releasing critically acclaimed solo albums. Here’s a piece from the album The Love Songs.
As a side note, many thanks to Virgil Pink, who shares a tremendous amount of wonderful videos. He should be on your Youtube subscription list immediately.
I love scouring the Internet precisely because I run into treasures like these.
Uzbekistan is not the first name one would think of when discussing progressive rock. The Central Asian republic is far away from any of the traditional power centers like the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy or the United States. It is several time zones away from Moscow and St Petersburg, where Russia’s small prog-rock scene is at its strongest.
Yet chaps from Uzbekistan (and a chap from Norway, apparently!), working out of London, do yeoman’s work in covering progressive rock releases for the website ProgressoR. These folks are passionate about the genre, indeed. Consider this a go-to site for those who love prog and its sub-genres.
I am ever-grateful for having friends who turn me onto new, weird, freaky stuff daily. I’m in awe of such people who can hip me to something rather amazing, like this group from Germany. Hippie-folk at its finest, with a rocking edge.
For more on Teller Bunte Knete, check out their Wikipedia profile.
The purpose of my blog is to cover a mass of information as orderly as possible, though it’s proving difficult (though pleasurable) to do. One of those bits of information I like to pass on is the existence of other blogs and zines who are more specific in scope. Art Rockin’ was started by Salim Ghazi Saeedi and Lee Henderson to review and promote art rock releases, as not enough mags are concentrating on this rather rich genre of music.
Good luck to them!