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    Posted: August 31 2013 at 23:19
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Originally posted by progbethyname


Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)
That made me laugh.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2013 at 15:54
Originally posted by mister nobody

Originally posted by progbethyname


Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)
That made me laugh.

Me too! LOL

I find that most prog albums have one or two mellow songs mixed in with more aggressive/bombastic material.  It might be easier to assemble a playlist from a number of bands, as I can't think of many prog albums that are 100% mellow.  

Bands with some nice mellow material include Wishbone Ash, The Strawbs, and, as pointed out, numerous solo albums by folks like Wakeman, Hackett and others.  

Have fun, it will be a fun project!  Don't forget Godspeed you! Black Emperor now!  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Earthmover Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2013 at 17:07
Yeah. And while you're at it, why don't you try Kayo Dot, Deafheaven, The Mars Volta and Mastodon? All great mellow bands!
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GY!BE isn't that strange of a suggestion. Sure they may have that wall of noise effect once they peak, but even some of them are a weirdly sort of mellow, from the speed. Then the rest of the material is ambient and minimalist. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Earthmover Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2013 at 17:25
I really can't see them as being mellow. I understand what you're saying and I know the feeling, but I wouldn't define that as mellow. 

Godspeed is a good general suggestion for anyone, but if they're looking for mellow music, they'd better put on some Tangerine Dream or maybe Tortoise.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Horizons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2013 at 17:35
Tortoise would be better true, but GY!BE can certainly be viewed as mellowed by "the generic public". I'd agree it can be pretty general suggestion, but that doesn't mean it's a bad one ;3
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Originally posted by mister nobody


Originally posted by progbethyname


Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)

That made me laugh.


I thought people who know of them would find that funny. I actually find the album Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Hell quite sedative. Makes me mellow and kind of uneasy all at the same time.
Belhold the power and gift of BEARD! As Damian Wilson sports a beard now his voice somehow got even better than it already was. :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2013 at 01:38
Originally posted by cstack3


Originally posted by mister nobody


Originally posted by progbethyname


Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)

That made me laugh.
Me too! LOL
I find that most prog albums have one or two mellow songs mixed in with more aggressive/bombastic material.  It might be easier to assemble a playlist from a number of bands, as I can't think of many prog albums that are 100% mellow.  
Bands with some nice mellow material include Wishbone Ash, The Strawbs, and, as pointed out, numerous solo albums by folks like Wakeman, Hackett and others.  
Have fun, it will be a fun project!  Don't forget Godspeed you! Black Emperor now!  


Oh well I won't.
Belhold the power and gift of BEARD! As Damian Wilson sports a beard now his voice somehow got even better than it already was. :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2013 at 01:46
Ok to be 100% serious this time cause I do want to help.

Jim Matheos--First Impressions. It's an instrumental album sans the voice that features the lovely, soft acoustic guitar, and a few string instruments like the Violin, cello and Harp. It's really well done.

Another would be Charlie Dominici and his first solo album trilogy pt 1.
It's extreamly mellow.

And lastly...to be a complete ass as well. ROCKABYE BABY: Lullaby renditions of Tool.
It'll work!
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http://thevorticists.com/
My fav one by many of new bands who released thier debut albums in this decade, and exactly what Prog_Traveller is looking for.
 
The Vorticists released one full lenght studio album (Show) and two studio EPs; all is very mellow and for "likes of late 90s Radiohead and late 60s The Beatles more than anything" as Windhawk wrote in his great review http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7188#reviews
 
p.s. All their albums are  "name your price" releases.
 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote gr8dane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2013 at 17:50
I find 
Spring
Cressida
England - Garden Shed
nice and mellow with a fair bit of mellotron.

Just discovered a nice folky westcoast band Treetop Flyers,kinda like America,CSN&Y with some Fleet Foxes.
Excellent stuff and mellowish. 
Shake & bake.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote schizoidman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 06 2013 at 13:16
Rather than list albums I've tried to select a few of my favorite mellow prog and prog related songs for you:
 
Jade Warior - Borne on the Solar Wind
 
Weather Report - A Remark You Made, Procession, I'll Never Forget You, Indiscretions, Dream Clock, Gibraltar
 
Brooklyn Funk Essentials - Take the L Train (to 8th Avenue)
 
Charles Mingus - Goodbye Porkpie Hat
 
Future Sound of London - All is Harvest
 
Joe Zawinul - Doctor Honoris Causa
 
Ludovico Einaudi - Primavera
 
Miles Davis - Summertime
 
Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Scherzo and Trio, Perpetuum Mobile
 
Stanley Clarke - Quiet Afternoon
 
Underworld - Sola Sistim, Eight Ball, Cups
 
Pure Reason Revolution - Aeropause
 
The XX - Intro
 
The Yardbirds - White Summer
 
 
 
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Anything  by Traffic, Renaissance and Espers...oh and White willow.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 06 2013 at 16:26
I've heard GYBE. Personally I think Sigur Ros would be a better recommendation for mellow based on what I've heard.
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Artesia's Hilvern album.

Soft-choir arrangements from the French duo Agathe and gaëlle. Lovely Violin too. Highly recommend this.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote schizoidman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2013 at 17:01
I think this is the album you have been looking for.

Ian Anderson's "Divinities: Twelve Dances with God". A perfect marriage of Anderson's signature Tull modus operandi & the tasteful orchestrations of Andrew Giddings. 47:03 minutes of heaven.

Link to PA review

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Originally posted by maani

I highly recommend After Crying's "Megalázottak és megszomorítottak."

this!

Second on later-days Talk Talk recommendations. Also while listening to Gazpacho's "Night" check another Scandinavian mellowers Airbag

Dunno about GY!BE and the likes, there are loads of more mellow stuff from post-rockers, Canadians have always been too "quiet/loud" dynamically to be mellow. Try Mark Kozelek/Jimmy LaValle 2013' collaboration, it's simply breathtaking
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How bout Penguin Café Orchestra
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