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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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UK band PURSON was formed in 2011 by Rosalie Cunningham (vocals, guitars), George Hudson (guitars), Samuel Shove (organ, Mellotron, Wurlitzer), Barnaby Maddick (bass) and Jack Hobbs (drums). Following initial singles in 2012 and early 2013 they released their debut album "The Circle & the Blue Door" on Rise Above Records in April 2013.

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PURSON shows & tickets


  • ArcTanGent Festival 2014 on 28 Aug 2014
  • BEYOND THE GATES III on 28 Aug 2014
  • Desertfest Belgium 2014 on 10 Oct 2014
  • Purson at The Purple Turtle, Reading on 14 Oct 2014
  • Purson at Chinnery's, Southend-on-Sea on 16 Oct 2014
  • Purson at Static, Swansea on 17 Oct 2014
  • Purson at Roadmender, Northampton on 18 Oct 2014
  • Purson at The Railway, Bolton on 20 Oct 2014
  • Purson at Audio, Glasgow on 21 Oct 2014
  • Purson at The Duchess, York on 22 Oct 2014
  • Purson at Red Rooms, Nottingham on 23 Oct 2014
  • Purson at The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes on 24 Oct 2014
  • Purson at West End Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire on 25 Oct 2014
  • Purson at Joiners, Southampton on 26 Oct 2014
  • Purson at Borderline, London on 28 Oct 2014
  • Kiss Kruise IV on 31 Oct 2014
  • Planet Rockstock 2014 on 5 Dec 2014

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3.94 | 20 ratings
The Circle & the Blue Door
2013

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Rocking Horse
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Leaning On A Bear
2013
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The Contract/Blueprint Of The Dream
2014

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 Leaning On A Bear by PURSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Review by Rune2000
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4 stars Leaning On A Bear was the exciting first glimpse of the band's upcoming album The Circle & The Blue Door and it certainly managed to deliver in that regard!

After releasing their Rocking Horse EP in 2012 and playing a few gigs around the London city area, it was finally time for Purson to get into the studio and deliver their debut album. It didn't take long for the band to release their first teaser in the form of the first single Leaning On A Bear and once again, I was completely mesmerized by this promising young band! The title track is an uptempo rock track featuring a few twists and turns, while managing to once again show me a whole new side to the bands '70s rock sound. The second track, Let Bloom, sounded more in line with the Rocking Horse EP and it could have easily been squeezed in somewhere between Two And Ones and Wool.

This single definitely made me excited for what was yet to come on Purson's full-length release The Circle & The Blue Door by fusing the already familiar sounds from the Rocking Horse EP with some new ideas to the retro rock sound of the '70s.

**** star songs: Leaning On A Bear (3:27) Let Bloom (2:59)

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 Rocking Horse by PURSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
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Review by Rune2000
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4 stars My first encounter with Purson was somewhere around early 2013 when I started hearing Spiderwood Farm being played at a few rock clubs. The song really had a dreamy retro ring to it while still sounding surprisingly fresh and exciting for the modern audience. I didn't take long for me to discover the rest of the Rocking Horse EP, since it (at the time) was the only available release from the band.

The EP features four pretty versatile compositions which makes for an excellent introduction album for anyone who wants to discover Purson without going head first by starting with their debut album The Circle & the Blue Door. The title track, Rocking Horse, begins very gently but it doesn't take long for the composition to get in a more rock-oriented state of mind. Two And Ones is a slightly heavier composition dominated by the organ sound, something that would make bands like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath really proud of their legacy. Wool opens up like a suite until the heavy sound of the electric guitar takes over and dominates the rest of the composition.

Spiderwood Farm might be the shortest track on this EP but it certainly is its brightest spot! This is the moment when Purson finally steps out of the shadow of their predecessors and makes the psychedelic rock sound of the '70s their own. The composition might not be a complex one but I really find it impressive to hear the way this band moves between the different sections while maintaining the overall sound and melody of the composition in place. This is easily my favorite track of 2013!

I highly recommend this EP to fans of '70s music, especially fans of psychedelic rock. Hopefully you'll be equally impressed by this English quintet.

***** star songs: Spiderwood Farm (3:30)

**** star songs: Rocking Horse (4:25) Two And Ones (4:35) Wool (4:55)

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 The Circle & the Blue Door by PURSON album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 20 ratings

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Purson Crossover Prog

Review by FemmeMetalWebzine

4 stars Review by Matteo Bussotti

Have you ever heard of Baroque 'n' Roll? No? Then you don't know about Purson! This band from London really, really put out an excellent album. I don't know how else to define it. Of course, I'll say this from the beginning: for definition, Purson's sound is nothing new, so don't approach this album expecting to hear something that will make your head explode because you've never heard something like this before.

Instead, if you really love 60s and 70s psychedelic rock, you'll fall in love with this album immediately, I warn you. The thing I appreciated the most about "The Circle and the Blue Door" is that every song, every note, every nuance, every rhythm is crafted perfectly to recreate the sound from which Purson get their inspiration. It truly sounds like an album recorded in 1972 and discovered only today. You don't find much dedication in many bands these days, especially when they have to sound like a particular band, or genre.

Odd meters, crunchy but graceful guitars, psychedelic lyrics, crazy outfits, they're all there, you'll find all these things in Purson. And it's great. Talking briefly about the album, it is not a release which stands out for any particular reason, it's a normal-sounding rock album?"normal" among those released in the 70s. Listening to it now is a great experience, absolutely not as common as you'd think, bearing in mind that this was released this year, and not 40 years ago. It's a damn great rock album: as I said, you won't find anything new in here, but you'll enjoy every second listening to it. Special mention for "Leaning on a Bear" and "The Contract": go check their videos on Purson's youtube channel! They're great, really moody and psychedelic (even though I don't remember HD being an habit for 60s and 70s music videos).

If you're into this kind of music, "The Circle and The Blue Door" is an absolute must-listen for you. Or, simply, if you enjoy beautiful female voices?you have to listen to this album. It's interesting to see how more and more bands decide to pick back genres from the past, rather than going all to electronic music, dubstep, wub-wub and all those things. It's?a beacon of hope, almost. Good, I really love the past, so it's no surprise that I particularly loved Purson; I'm sure you'll love them too!

Rating - 87/100

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Review by Progfan97402

4 stars Purson, like the Norwegian band Tusmørke, is one of these new retro bands that lean more towards folk and psychedelic, but this stuff would never appeal to diehard symph progheads (you'll never mistake them for Yes or Genesis) and plenty of Mellotron. Think proto-prog, except these are brand new recordings. Purson is more or less a psychedelic folk band lead by Rosalie Cunninham who used to be in a all-teen girl goth group Ipso Facto. It's obvious that Rosalie wanted to explore music that has roots deeper than Siouxie & the Banshees. So here's Purson exploring that brand of psychedelia that's on the cusp of prog, hence proto-prog, except The Circle and the Blue Door is from 2013. The music has a Gothic feel, but not of the Goth music variety, but of that late '60s/early '70s feel. I can compare this to the likes of Black Widow and Coven, but Purson doesn't explore Satanism like those groups did. Perhaps a bit of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. Plus plenty of Mellotron, which was borrowed from Andy Thompson, who runs the Planet Mellotron website. His tron was used in Diagonal, another British retro-prog/psych act that also recorded for Rise Above Records like Purson (although Diagonal's music is more progressive). I can also compare Purson to Tusmørke, except the Norwegian band had no female vocalist and a stronger Tull bent, as Purson never included a flute player. Tusmørke also had a strong Nordic vibe in their music which Purson, being British, obviously doesn't. It's amazing that the members of Purson are barely in their 20s given the style of music they successfully recreated is a generation older than themselves. When they were born, New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli were the big rage with mainstream audiences. Rosalie Cunningham was born in 1990, and she was able to learn about all those old psych and prog acts from her parents music collection as well as the Internet. It's obvious that Purson is Rosalie's vehicle, as it's very much dominated by her voice, who reminds me a bit of Grace Slick, Annie Lennox, and even Jenny Haan of Babe Ruth. Diehard symphonic progheads probably would not need this, but those who enjoy proto-prog (or fancy the idea of a new group trying such), or perhaps prog folk or psychedelic folk will find enjoyable. Since I'm not a diehard symph proghead, I find it rather enjoyable.

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Review by Cactus Choir

4 stars Listening to the debut album by these London early 20-somethings you could be forgiven for playing Spot the Influence. There are strong echoes of the Beatles, Deep Purple, Trees, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Atomic Rooster, Curved Air, The Doors and a whole (Uriah) heap of others. They sound like an unknown Vertigo label act from 1971 that has somehow timed travelled into the new millennium.

The vintage organ, mellotron and electric piano sounds are likely to evoke warm and fuzzy feelings in lovers of late 60s and early 70s rock, but thankfully it's more than a mere nostalgia trip and there are several memorable songs that rock very agreeably plus a number of more haunting and folky moments. No epic length opuses though so prog fundamentalists beware!

The good thing is that despite the retro vibe ? they even manage to get the drum sound right - they channel their myriad inspirations into something fresh and seemingly original and end up not sounding like anyone in particular. It's an alternative past they take you back to, one where Black Widow, Slade, David Bowie and Fairport Convention made an album with Siouxsie Sioux on vocals.

There are several ear worm songs that stick in the memory including Spiderwood Farm with its monster guitar hook framing creepy mellotron-swathed verses about friendly ghosts, and Well Spoiled Machine a sinuous rocker with a great electric piano riff. The Fairport/Steeleye Span folk influence comes to the fore in the eerie Tempest and the Tide.

I have found this to be a very addictive album and if it had a smell it would probably be of Afghan coats, weed and patchouli oil. It is largely the work of frontwoman Rosalie Cunningham ? whose strong and expressive voice is a major asset throughout - and her former boyfriend Ed Turner. Purson is now a fully-formed band though one with a turnover in the rhythm section that seemingly rivals Spinal Tap, and it will be very interesting to see what they come up with in future.

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