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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesores - The Opposite is outstanding, right up there with Sister Death. Saw them play 5 of the tracks at ProgDay, were the band of the festival by a large margin.
 

Not a huge fan of the band if honest (I only really like The Quiet Room...which is pretty excellent). But I'll give it a listen once it goes up on bandcamp. 
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Jet Black Sea - The Overview Effect. Coming soon. Taster here:

https://jetblacksea.bandcamp.com/album/the-overview-effect

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It's update time. Some very good ones have been released latey. We are living in good times for instrumental prog these days.

Quote My four favourites so far, in alphabetical order:

Bubu - El Eco del Sol
Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
Homunculus Res - Della Stessa Sostanza dei Sogni
KoenjiHyakkei - Dhorimviskha
Mother Turtle - Zea Mice
Oaksenham - Upon All the Living and the Dead
Roz Vitalis - The Hidden Man of the Heart
Tusmørke - Fjernsyn I Farver
Dean Watson - Track of Days

These stand out above the others I have heard.


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Best Albums:
UNAKA PRONG Salinity Now! (by far the best album of the year, so far)

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF Dead Magic (amazing creativity!)

GLEB KOLYADIN Gleb Kolyadin (jaw-dropping musicianship!)

DEMEN Nektyr (Stunning and stark beauty!)

SEQUENTIA LEGENDA Renaissance (a Berlin School master still growing and improving!) 

HOMUNCULUS RES Della stessa sostanza dei sogni (virtuosic yet playful avant Canterbury)


Delightful Surprises:

BASTa!2 Vertigo

STOP MOTION ORCHESTRA Lightworks

REFORMAT The Singularity

MIDLIFE Phase
GALASPHERE 347 Galasphere 347
STARVING DAUGHTERS Strange Valleys

RICHARD WILEMAN Veil

HYPNO5E A Backward Glance on a Travel Road: Alba - Les Ombres Errantes

BOMBER GOGGLES Gyreland


Good but disappointing:

Phideaux Infernal

Lunatic Soul Under the Fragmented Sky

Roz Vitalis The Hidden Man of the Heart

Sunchild/Karfagen



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New Mike Vennart (ex-Oceansize) solo album is fantastic, I'm kinda surprised it's not mentioned here yet

https://vennart.bandcamp.com/album/to-cure-a-blizzard-upon-a-plastic-sea

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Quick list of so far favorites 2018.

Piniol - Bran Coucou
Voivod - The Wake
Lady With - The Lodge
Koenjihyakkei- Dhorimviskha
Bubu - El Eco del Sol
Armonite - And the Stars Above
Rivendel - Sisyfus
Perfect Beings - Vier
Ana von Hausswolf - Dead Magic
Cheer-Accident - Fades


Many many more to listen to.
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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesores - The Opposite is outstanding, right up there with Sister Death. Saw them play 5 of the tracks at ProgDay, were the band of the festival by a large margin.

Now that I've heard it, I'll say I'm not yet convinced it's on the level of Sister Death (so far that's their crowning achievement imo), but definitely up to the level of the excellent three albums that preceded it (Quiet Room, Smother Party, Blind Spot).
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Faves on PA are scarce this year but I am getting closer to a list.

Phideaux - Infernal
Mildlife - Phase
Mother Turtle - Zea Mice
Field Music - Open Here
Thy Catafalque - Geometria
Anna Von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
Homunculus Res - Della Stessa Sostanza Dei Sogni
Elephant9 - Greatest Show On Earth
Koenjihyakkei - Dhorimvishka
Fire! - The Hands
Piniol - Bran Coucou
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I got Art Zoyd's Phase V a few days ago. It's a 5 CD box with new music (chances are the material has been collected over some years but it's not a retrospective as 44 1/2); Art Zoyd' last work published in Gerard Hourbette's lifetime. Cry

It'll take me lots of time to listen to 5 1/2 hours of new music often enough to write a review, but the initial impression is that it's pretty good. Despite the nod to 1982's Phase IV it doesn't sound nostalgic at all. That said, it is typical Art Zoyd and if you like their work and their b/w horror film atmospheres, you'll want to have this one, too. It's clearly closer to their 2000s output than to their seventies and eighties work. It has enough variety to justify it's length; actually it is a collection of several pieces, probably including some film or theatre music (I wouldn't have complained about more information). I think it is a very tasteful and mature piece of work and I'm fine with the time that the different ideas are given, none of it strikes me as overlong.  

This was quite clearly not meant as a swansong; it rather gives me the impression that Hourbette (who is clearly the central character here and wrote some 85% of the material) still had a lot to give. It may be somewhat offputting at its length and price (and without lots of sound samples flying around on the internet) but I definitely recommend it. Art Zoyd's website www.artzoyd.net sells it for 32.99 Euros.
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Some of my likely top 10 albums have been released in the past few days, or will be released in a few weeks:

Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores - The Opposite
Forgas Band Phenomena - L'oreille éléctrique
Far Corner - Risk
Gösta Berlings Saga - Ex Et

The new Phideaux is also quite good, though more "mainstream" in prog terms. Still hoping for a new release from the mighty Frogg Café before the end of the year!
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Originally posted by Raff Raff wrote:

Some of my likely top 10 albums have been released in the past few days, or will be released in a few weeks:

Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores - The Opposite
Forgas Band Phenomena - L'oreille éléctrique
Far Corner - Risk
Gösta Berlings Saga - Ex Et

The new Phideaux is also quite good, though more "mainstream" in prog terms. Still hoping for a new release from the mighty Frogg Café before the end of the year!


Those 4 will likely be high up my list, only heard samples of Forgas And FC but both sound great. Also just released is In Love With - Coitus Interruptus, terrific if you like your jazz brutal.
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Originally posted by Raff Raff wrote:

Some of my likely top 10 albums have been released in the past few days, or will be released in a few weeks:

Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores - The Opposite
Forgas Band Phenomena - L'oreille éléctrique
Far Corner - Risk
Gösta Berlings Saga - Ex Et

The new Phideaux is also quite good, though more "mainstream" in prog terms. Still hoping for a new release from the mighty Frogg Café before the end of the year!


First I was aware of new releases for Far Corner and GBS. That excites me.
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