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Eclectic Prog definition

The term 'eclectic' in the context of progressive rock describes a summation of elements from various musical sources, and the influences and career paths of bands that take from a wide range of genres or styles. While progressive music can be, in a larger sense, eclectic, the 'Eclectic Prog' term is specially meant to reference bands that trespass the boundaries of established Progressive Rock genres or that blend many influences.

Eclectic Prog combines hybrids of style and diversity of theme, promoting many elements from different sources. The Eclectic category recognizes bands that evolved markedly over their career (in a progressive, evolutionary way), or have a plural style without a clear referential core.

The basic features lie within the music's variety, rich influences, art tendencies and classic prog rock elements. Among the representative bands are KING CRIMSON, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, and GENTLE GIANT.

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4.60 | 3176 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.53 | 2473 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.49 | 1484 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 1584 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.40 | 2095 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.36 | 1219 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.36 | 619 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.31 | 1207 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.29 | 1104 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.27 | 1382 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.27 | 1092 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.26 | 1113 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.24 | 1083 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.22 | 1002 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.26 | 366 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.25 | 341 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.20 | 569 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART TWO
Beardfish
4.26 | 300 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.16 | 624 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve
4.11 | 1421 ratings
DISCIPLINE
King Crimson
4.34 | 151 ratings
1000 AUTUNNI
Ske
4.18 | 363 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO AND STÅLE STORLØKKEN: THE DEATH DEFYING UNICORN
Motorpsycho
4.09 | 1578 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson
4.10 | 913 ratings
THREE FRIENDS
Gentle Giant
4.18 | 281 ratings
BORIS
Yezda Urfa
4.25 | 183 ratings
SI PARTIE 1
Nemo
4.28 | 153 ratings
SBB (WOłANIE O BRZęK SZKłA AKA SLOVENIAN GIRLS)
SBB
4.16 | 264 ratings
MULTIPURPOSE TRAP
Birds And Buildings
4.19 | 203 ratings
PAMIęć
SBB
4.06 | 745 ratings
THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS WAVE TO EACH OTHER
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.08 | 451 ratings
UK
UK
4.14 | 242 ratings
BARBARES
Nemo
4.11 | 283 ratings
IN CAMERA
Hammill, Peter
4.19 | 166 ratings
ZE SłOWEM BIEGNę DO CIEBIE
SBB
4.24 | 125 ratings
DETTA HAR HÄNT
Gösta Berlings Saga
4.11 | 228 ratings
LAST EPIC
A.C.T
4.17 | 157 ratings
WOLFLIGHT
Hackett, Steve
4.28 | 102 ratings
AEROLIT
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.04 | 387 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART ONE
Beardfish
4.14 | 168 ratings
DIAGONAL
Diagonal
4.17 | 132 ratings
DANCES OF THE DRASTIC NAVELS
Daal
4.05 | 264 ratings
LADY LAKE
Gnidrolog
4.09 | 195 ratings
TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA
Utopia
3.97 | 902 ratings
THE POWER TO BELIEVE
King Crimson
4.34 | 71 ratings
NIL NOVO SUB SOLE
Nil
4.05 | 225 ratings
NIGHTINGALES & BOMBERS
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
4.03 | 249 ratings
LE VER DANS LE FRUIT
Nemo
4.03 | 259 ratings
CHAMELEON IN THE SHADOW OF THE NIGHT
Hammill, Peter
3.97 | 500 ratings
MAMMOTH
Beardfish
4.03 | 217 ratings
BEHIND THE SUN
Motorpsycho
4.01 | 265 ratings
THE MUSIC THAT DIED ALONE
Tangent, The
4.04 | 201 ratings
DODECAHEDRON
Daal
4.17 | 101 ratings
PICTURES
Island
4.02 | 225 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Days Between Stations
4.00 | 251 ratings
SOLAR FIRE
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
4.01 | 212 ratings
THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS
Traffic
4.20 | 83 ratings
THE APOCALYPSE INSIDE OF AN ORANGE
Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar
3.98 | 280 ratings
LE SACRE DU TRAVAIL
Tangent, The
3.90 | 1329 ratings
STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK
King Crimson
3.99 | 234 ratings
+4626 - COMFORTZONE
Beardfish
3.95 | 375 ratings
DESTINED SOLITAIRE
Beardfish
4.10 | 117 ratings
EVER AFTER
Sanhedrin
4.14 | 97 ratings
HAIKARA
Haikara
4.00 | 201 ratings
THE SANE DAY
Beardfish
4.20 | 76 ratings
ET CETERA
Et Cetera
4.07 | 126 ratings
IMAGINARY FRIENDS
A.C.T
4.01 | 180 ratings
CITY OF THE SUN
Seven Impale
4.09 | 111 ratings
SKYMIND
Taal
4.16 | 83 ratings
STRANGE IS THIS WORLD
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.16 | 84 ratings
ECHOES OF FALLING STARS
Daal
3.95 | 249 ratings
OVER
Hammill, Peter
4.03 | 128 ratings
SI PARTIE II - L'HOMME IDÉAL
Nemo
4.07 | 107 ratings
SNAFU
East Of Eden
4.28 | 55 ratings
KOROWOD
Grechuta, Marek
3.87 | 879 ratings
GENTLE GIANT
Gentle Giant
4.81 | 25 ratings
SEN BALıK DEğILSIN KI
Gevende
4.14 | 80 ratings
MOVIN' ON
Circus
4.36 | 45 ratings
SHESHET
Sheshet
3.97 | 178 ratings
REWOTOWER
Profusion
3.98 | 167 ratings
NOT A GOOD SIGN
Not A Good Sign
4.02 | 123 ratings
IN CASE OF LOSS..
Areknamés
4.18 | 67 ratings
MARIONETKI
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.05 | 106 ratings
ENIGMATIC
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.22 | 58 ratings
ZALMOXE
Sfinx
4.25 | 54 ratings
OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE
Worm Ouroboros, The
4.06 | 95 ratings
BELIEVERS & DECEIVERS
Brighteye Brison
4.15 | 69 ratings
PHANEROTHYME
Motorpsycho
4.21 | 58 ratings
DIALOG S VESMÍREM
Progres 2
4.02 | 107 ratings
MARGARET'S CHILDREN
Manning
3.87 | 315 ratings
NOT AS GOOD AS THE BOOK
Tangent, The
3.86 | 402 ratings
GENESIS REVISITED II
Hackett, Steve
4.30 | 44 ratings
ONDE, QUANDO, COMO, PORQUÊ, CANTAMOS PESSOAS VIVAS
Quarteto 1111
4.02 | 99 ratings
MERCATOR PROJECTED
East Of Eden
3.95 | 147 ratings
2ND HANDS
Gourishankar, The
4.21 | 52 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO + JAGA JAZZIST HORNS: IN THE FISHTANK 10
Motorpsycho
3.86 | 348 ratings
THE VOID
Beardfish
3.89 | 242 ratings
JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE
Traffic
4.25 | 47 ratings
SONGS FROM A SOLITARY HOME
Major Parkinson
4.15 | 60 ratings
SENOGUL
Senogul
3.87 | 288 ratings
REVOLU$ION
Nemo

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 Käytävä / Kaupungin naiset by NOVA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1975
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Käytävä / Kaupungin naiset
Nova Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars This particular NOVA - there are two others in ProgArcives alone! - was a Finnish short-lived band that made one album called Atlantis (1976), with a Supertramp-like cover art of a grand piano floating in space. But their first release was this single released by the legendary Love Records. On ground of these two songs, one hardly would be expecting a prog album with epic compositions from this group.

'Käytävä' (= Corridor, aisle) is a very short and basically sincere & simple love song, and yet it manages to sound quite many-sided. At first it's mellow, slightly sentimental, vocals backed only by acoustic guitar and piano. At 0:43 the rhythm section arrives and gives the song some rock spine, and half a minute later comes a joyful harmonica solo, revealing the blues flavour. The organ a bit later makes me think of PROCOL HARUM. The sound and production are pleasant, beautifully aged. A fine little song written by singer-keyboardist Antti Ortamo. His vocals are, how to say it, just common - like some average folk troubadour - , but capable of emotionally strong impression.

The B-side song 'Kaupungin naiset' (= The women of the city) also by Ortamo is a plain blues number in slow tempo, complete with wailing vocals and a delicious electric guitar solo. From prog artists the references could be Peter Gabriel's 'Waiting for the Big One' and The Strawbs' 'Absent Friend', but with more of the authentic blues feel.

The single's drawn cover is nice but why the band name is missing? Quite surprisingly it's the latter song that was included newly mixed on the Atlantis album. Both songs are included also in the Various Artists compilation "Love Proge 2".

 Alpha Ralpha by ALPHA RALPHA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.73 | 17 ratings

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Alpha Ralpha
Alpha Ralpha Eclectic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars I am always happy to find obscure prog where, while never been reissued, at least prices hasn't gone so sky high it'll break your bank account. Case in point, Alpha Ralpha, a French band that released their only album in 1977 on Warner Bros. So given its on a major label, enough copies were pressed not to make it a mega-rarity. Sadly it's never been reissued in any format, but this is the kind of prog that would be right at home on Musea, but I guess they couldn't wrestle the hands of this album out of Warner (who probably will never reissue it). Prog like this means you'll need a turntable. Great instrumental prog that really doesn't remind me of any particular prog. So many French bands get you thinking of Pulsar, Shylock, Ange, or Arachnoid, and Alpha Ralpha does not. Although members of Tai Phong and Malicorne are on the album, they leave their sounds at home. Don't let that scare you off if Tai Phong isn't your thing, although Jean-Jacques Goldman does appear, this is nothing like Tai Phong. This is largely instrumental prog, dominated by guitar and synths, with some violin, with that nice '70s vibe I like so much about this kind of music. Some jazz and world music influences (particularly from the marimba) show up. Also I noticed François Bréant (of Cruciferius, and later releasing a couple of solo albums for EGG in the late '70s) is on this album.

This is truly a great album I can highly recommend!

 Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In The Fishtank 10 by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.21 | 52 ratings

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Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In The Fishtank 10
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Oh Internet where would I be without you. Where would I do research for the shamelessly downloaded music. Now I know that the In the Fishtank is a series of projects that have one band or pair record for only two days and what the end result might be - so professional and clean this sounds. Anyway, this is a collaboration between the heavy rockers of Motorpsycho and experimental jazz outfit Jaga Jazzist. Motorpsychoes are not strangers to pop or jazz, for that matter, but this leans heavily into fusion. The album actually starts with three relaxed compositions, almost (good) elevator music (number two is a jazzed-up version of Motorpsycho's old ballad Pill, Powders + Passion Plays). On the last two track is where this starts to be adventurous. Theme de Yoyo is an aggressive piece, with mean guitar and sax runs. Tristano is a 20-minute acid jazz improv with Latin flavors, gradually building in intensity and culminating in a complete frenzy in the end.
 Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2014
4.02 | 40 ratings

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Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by tarkus1980
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The Genesis Revisited tour was nice and all, but this live album, the second one from the GR tour, is unnecessary overkill. The sound is great (a little bass-heavier than the last one, which is neither good nor bad, just interesting), and all of the performances are just fine, but there's an odd going-through-the-motions vibe to the show, as if the novelty of performing all of these old classics had given way to "Ugh, this tour's just gonna keep going forever isn't it." There are five tracks here that weren't on Hammersmith: "The Carpet Crawlers" (with vocals from Ray Wilson, who doesn't sound horrible here), "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" (basically done the same as on GR II, except with Nad Sylvan singing instead of Neal Morse), "Horizons" (the same as ever and introduced as "agnostic guitar"), "The Fountain of Salmacis" (which sounds nice but doesn't really feel like it matches any of the Genesis studio or live renditions) and "Ripples" (done in a stripped-down version with the classic solo replaced with a brief classical guitar flourish, and with great Amanda Lehmann vocals that make this version a necessity). The concert also makes one significant downgrade from its predecessor: the rendition of "Afterglow," after "Unquiet Slumbers" and "In That Quiet Earth," is done by Sylvan instead of John Wetton, and he sounds pretty wimpy in comparison (what's really strange is that Wetton was around, and he actually sang on "Firth of Fifth" immediately afterwards).

The other performances are great, of course, even if I find myself missing a bunch of the stuff from Hammersmith that was dropped to make room for the "new" stuff here (it's weird to imagine a world in which "Blood on the Rooftops" somehow became overplayed, but I guess it finally happened to Hackett and O'Toole). Every official recording of "Supper's Ready," especially at this late of a date, is a treasure in its own way (Hackett's ending solo goes a little over the top of a little over the top, but I don't mind), and everything here is worth coming back to once in a while even if somebody already has a copy of Hammersmith. And yet, the slight inescapable sense that Hackett had overplayed his hand with the GR tour occupies the album nearly from start to finish, and while that's not a crippling blow, it's enough to make me like this one a smidge less than Hammersmith (which caught this tour in ascent as opposed to its inevitable plateau and decline). If you liked Hammersmith, you may as well get this one too, but you'll probably give it a listen or two and then forget about it.

 Raw Material by RAW MATERIAL album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.72 | 34 ratings

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Raw Material
Raw Material Eclectic Prog

Review by Abraxassad

4 stars Raw material is a strange 'lbum, it has some jazz passages highly recomended. iT's not a complex progressive band, but of you love prog music you will find in this 'lbum why this genre of music was the favourite of the 70's. The tracks included in the 'lbum are Very different one from another. The track Number 4 is ver y similar to what we call in M'xico urban rock, the best tracks for me are number 1 and traveller Man. A Great prog 'lbum for prog lovers, the bass, the wind instruments and percussions are very mel'dic, the obscure atmosphere of the 'lbum is similar to the initial prog bands of the 70's, like crimson music, the most importante isste for me is the contribution to the understanding the prog evolution from the beginings.
 Angels And Daemons At Play by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.58 | 39 ratings

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Angels And Daemons At Play
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Angels and Daemons are from what some people call Motorpsycho's indie rock period (also including such albums as 1996's Blissard, 2008's Little Lucid Moments and 2006's Black Hole Black Canvas), perhaps because for their de-metallization of sound and affinity for bittersweet power pop, minimalistic ballads and subtle post-rock inflections. Spoiling the college dorm party here are 4 tracks that serve as kind of bridges to Motorpsycho's future and past, in the form of the Americana-flavoured Walking on Water, heavy space rock jam of Chien d' espace, and the barely listenable noise metal of Heartattack Mac and Timothy's Monster, the latter two seeming completely out of place on this album. Overall, while having some good moments (as Motorpsycho's 20-something albums invariably do), one of their weaker releases.
 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2473 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by A_Flower

5 stars This album is a gem in progressive rock. It is as good as In the Court of the Crimson King, if not, better. This is King Crimson's seventh studio album and last for a seven year period. The line up on it is a trio of just Fripp on guitar, Wetton on vocals/bass, and Bruford on drums.

The album starts with the title track of "Red". This is instrumental and is heavy on guitar. It has multiple riffs and is known as one of the greatest guitar songs. Wetton also does a superb job on the bass in this song as Bruford is drumming.

The second track is called "Fallen Angel." on the album opens with some violin and fades into Wetton singing. This song is also known to be the last song featuring acoustic guitar. It's lyrics talk of brotherhood in New York City. The middle section has a repeating lick with trumpets and singing. It then goes into my personal favorite guitar section. Fallen Angel is a beautiful and slightly underrated prog rock song

The next song on the album is "One More Red Nightmare." This starts out with heavy guitar and drumming. The lyrics talk about a man having a nightmare about a crashing airplane. What's really amazing is Bruford's drumming. He makes a sound that sounds like a whip and I often pretend to whip things while listening to it. The song has a few superb sax solos which are mind blowing.

The b-side starts with what i think everyone would agree is the worst part of the album. "Providence." This was a live improvisation with audience noise edited out like on "Starless and Bible Black" However this takes five minutes to build up unlike the good improvisations. Although the last three minutes are probably one of Crimson's finest improvisations.

And so we get to the fifth track on the album, the twelve minute swan song, "Starless" It starts with mellotron and a small melody on the guitar. The lyrics are about depression, making it a good song to listen to for if you have a bad day. The sax is quite beautiful within these first four minutes of beauty. After the first four minutes, the song sets you up for a build up with a strange riff running the whole thing. As it builds up it gets better and finally goes into a jazz section-then a quick melody reprise-then more jazz, and then it hits you-the beautiful guitar riff from the start is played and melotron slithers in, with heavy guitar, and goosebumps every time. Starless is known to be Crimson's greatest achievement.

What I realized about this album is how much it echoes "In the Court of the Crimson King" The first song is a heavy guitar song with a different middle section on each, the second song is a more relaxing multi-insterment song, the third song is a more intense and popular song on each, the fourth song is an improvisation on each, and the last song is a beautiful long song on each. It's interesting if you think about it. Overall, "Red" is an amazing album and a must have for anyone who loves prog rock

 A Spark In The Aether - The Music That Died Alone: Volume Two by TANGENT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.13 | 26 ratings

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A Spark In The Aether - The Music That Died Alone: Volume Two
The Tangent Eclectic Prog

Review by Angelo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

4 stars The Tangent, that was band I hadn't heard of until 2008, when on an evening at the former Progwalhalla web shop's owner I got to hear (and buy) Not as Good as the Book. That was good, and what followed I liked as well - and now, there is Spark in the Aether, also known as The Music That Died Alone Volume Two, after The Tangent's debut album.

I think reviews of albums should avoid being 'over the top', certainly when new albums come out that have not yet had the time to prove or disprove their quality at the time of reviewing. With this one, I may have a hard time keeping myself to that, so please bear with me. This album is something that sticks to your mind, and since it is not released yet at the time I write this, I have no clue how long it will stick.

The album opens with Spark in the Aether, the title track, which is an up tempo, in your face track - driven by an energizing keyboard, and a driving bass. In your face, is the phrase that I expect will come to the mind of many fellow reviewers. Every once in a while a band comes up with a tune, a riff or a lick that makes you want to go back, and with this one it's The Tangent's turn. I posted this one earlier as track of the day, check that out if you want to sample it before convincing yourself you should get this album. Lyrically, this one is a first look at what master mind of The Tangent, Andy Tillison has in mind for us - here starting with a call to stop listening to the same old tunes and make up some new once, looking for the spark in the aether.

After such a fun opening, the rest better be very good as well. With Codpieces and Capes, that is well assured - no need guessing what this one is about. A 12+ minute epic about how progressive rock bands of the 70s were considered pretentious by the press, but to their fans were something completely different. Contains everything the prog bands of yonder days brought to play: loud keyboards, crazy riffs and tunes, flute, multi vocal choruses. Sometimes feels like ELP, then like Yes, and maybe even as Jethro Tull when the flute comes in, but always it feels like The Tangent. Best to have a good listen, this is sub titled 'a love song' for a reason, and Andy's lyrics explain it perfectly, he still loves his old heroes - or does he? Just keep in mind the closing verse 'The critics said "pretentious", my God they were so wrong.... (They were probably right about the rug)". To the point, sarcastic, and with reference to a short description of an ELP gig at New Castle Hall, in which it is mentioned that 'Greg stands on a nice rug'.

To calm down after already almost 20 minutes of great music, the album continues with Clearing out the Attic, a song about that somehow brought Caravan's Golf Girl to mind when I first heard it. Jazzy, but rocky at times as well, and with a relaxed vocal that sings lyrics that are not easy to pin point, but show at least some sarcasm - seemingly about Andy's own fiery words toward others, that put him in the 'plastic bag' of his own niche. A wonderful piece of jazzy progressive rock.

This is followed by an instrumental tribute to Pink Floyd's Careful with that Axe Eugene, fittingly called Aftereugene. A well performed piece that has acoustic guitar in the intro, then builds a psychedelic landscape with organ, percussion, electric guitar and flute - followed by a very well executed, but somewhat scary, saxophone solo to top it of... 'careful with that sax...'

But, an album by classic prog lovers, and certainly Andy, as The Tangent are, needs a really long epic. This we find in The Celluloid Road, which in four different parts guides us through America, but with only references related to movies and TV shows. The music underneath goes from dreamy guitar music, through rocking soul, back to guitar tunes and once again to 'brass and bass' - an eclectic ride through the land of the free and the home of the brave, that 'looks alright in the TV light'. Wonderfully build up and the lyrics are a brilliant way to describe this piece of the world.

Alas, after that 20 minute trip, it is time to return to the title track, with Spark in the Aether Part 2. This is a largely instrumental piece, once again with a bit of a jazz feel to it, until half way the organ comes in to build up a stage on which the jumpy, bouncy keyboard riff of the opening track can shine once again. Also, at this point the vocal return to repeat the chorus of the title track.

That would've been a fitting end, but The Tangent has added an encore, by putting a 'radio edit' of San Fransisco, one of the parts within The Celluloid Road, on the album. This is (almost) danceable, with a funky, soulful bouncing rhythm and melody. Would this get The Tangent airplay perhaps? Probably not, but on the right station it would work for sure.

This is among the best albums I've heard so far this year, and I reckon it will come out on top. Andy Tillison is a great musician and lyricist - and combining his talent with those of Jonas Reingold (bass, The Flower Kings), Theo Travis (sax, flute, Robert Fripp), Luke Machin (guitar, Machine) and Mogan Ågren (drums, Kaipa) makes The Tangent into a wonderful and very powerful band.

To avoid going really over the top, I'll leave it at this. I love this type of music, and I hope you readers can love it too.

P.S. Thanks to Andy himself for providing a review copy of this album. I ordered the signed vinyl nevertheless, because the band needs and deserves support (and money) for a follow up to this.

 Sen Balık Değilsin ki by GEVENDE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.81 | 25 ratings

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Sen Balık Değilsin ki
Gevende Eclectic Prog

Review by Aldebaran_Well

5 stars The albums we really love usually contain either new and previously unimagined musical expressions or perfectly executed music that we are already familiar with. But sometimes, very rarely for me, it happens to come across a band that plays music exactly in the way we hoped or dreamt to. I remember that I felt this way 20 years ago when I first listened to the Tea Party. Now Gevende offers me the same awkward feeling.

As many music lovers know, Turkey has a great music scene and I dare to say that Gevende is probably the best Turkish band I've ever heard. They were formed back in 2000, they travelled a lot in the east and they released their debut ''Ev'' in 2006. That album was deeply influenced by their journeys and leaned on the ethnic side of their sound. This second album was released 5 years later and it is instantly realized that Gevende has progressed and matured in every possible way. One thing remains the same: their music still carries the scent of distant journeys, of earth and sea, of the desert, of strange cities, of ports and caravans!

Though their sound is truly solid, it is not easy to describe their style. The final result stands somewhere between psychedelic rock and fusion, but many progressive and ethnic/folk influences are also present. Due to the fact that their compositions focus more on the melodies rather than technical complexity, many slow tempo parts seem to have a distant relation with trip hop and post music, I mean in aesthetics and not in sound. Their compositions though are so perfectly worked in every detail that a unique artistic construction is being created, with all the different materials unable to be separated from one another.

The viola (Omer Oztuyen, he plays some mandolin too) and especially the trumpet (Serkan Emre Ciftci) play the major part in Gevende's music, performing the vast majority of leads and solos. For instance, if you could remove the brass section in the opening track ''Vigeland'', you'd have a prog rock anthem, powerful, technical and intense. Instead, we get a much more colourful result. For me, the absolute star of the album is the bass of Mr. Okan Kaya. Many compositions seem to have been built upon his incredible melodies and grooves, excellent work really, supported by the amazing and wise drumming of Gokce Kurcay. Ahmet Kenan Bilgic has a double role in Gevende: his guitar is gentle and soft, mostly enriching harmonically the music (only one guitar solo, in ''Sanki''!). His vocal contribution is amazing though and mainly responsible for the oriental element of their music. As a Greek, I understand many of the traditional scales that he uses and I tell you, this guy's doing a tremendous job.

From beginning to end, the orchestration and performing of the album is truly the work of masters. All songs range from 5.5 to 9 minutes, so the band in every track unravels a wide range of ideas and virtues. Gevende seem to compose based on long jams and improvisations and you can feel this in the way the music flows. Often a song evolves in a much unexpected way; do not make the mistake of not hearing each one in its entirety. Some of the best and most epic parts hide in the final minutes or seconds of a song (for example, tracks 2, 3, 6, 8). Besides the first track ''Vigeland'', which as I mentioned is almost straight prog and ''Beboyi Yerki'', a hypnotizing tune of almost a religious nature, the rest of the material can be divided in two categories: the tracks that sound a bit more fusion/folk (''Igloo'', ''Kabidostan'', ''Sanki'') and the ones that tend to be more psychedelic (''Esinti'', ''Akvaryum'', ''Sustum''). Of course, each one has a strong personality and hides its own, unique surprises. You will discover dramatic violin leads (2, 3), strange ebows (4), even human whistles (5) and you can never be sure about what lies in the next turn. No matter what happens though, the music never lacks its sensitivity, its great structures and melodies, its jazzy touch and its freshness.

I'd like to especially comment on two tracks. ''Akvaryum'' is an absolute wonder. It begins with a film noir-like jazz trumpet and progresses so melodically and softly that it almost sounds fragile (constantly demanding your full inner participation), slowly building a climax towards an amazing end: a simple but magnificent end which is fully capable of bringing the listener to tears. ''Sustum'' on the other hand is the song that introduced me to Gevende. Saw it on Youtube by chance and I listened to it ten times, unable to believe my ears. Now, countless listenings after that, I still believe that this composition is absolutely perfect in every note, a piece of sheer perfection, personality and ultimate quality. As far as I'm concerned, this has to be one of my 2-3 favourite songs of the current decade so far. The perfect ending of an album that should be considered as something very close to a masterpiece, as long as you are not one of those who believe that masterpieces are being released only by super famous bands/artists.

Fully aware that this review may seem a bit subjective, I highly recommend this to any real friend of good innovative music. For me, Gevende is one of the most fascinating bands globally, sensational music produced by real musicians/creators/people. And if they are able to maintain this level of inspiration, then wide artistic reputation will be inevitable if there is justice in the world of music. This is definitely a masterpiece of borderless art. 93/100 in my rating system.

5 universal stars

 Blissard by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1996
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Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Deeper into alternative rock psyche of Motorpsycho we go... (I started out with their later, retro-rock albums). Despite the early Motorpsycho's reputation for noisy drone and love of Sonic Youth, Soundgarden and Dinosaur Jr., this approach is not dominant and standing in the way of melody. This is actually one of their more accessible albums - just alternative guitar rock, but played with finesse and attention to instruments of a classic rock combo. The mood is more bittersweet and introspective rather than depressive. Proper songs (not counting the barely audible noise of track 10) are divided between energetic rockers, low-key acoustics, a typically alternative rock slow- moving college radio anthem, and a 9-minute song combining the three approaches - melodic rock, brief dissonance an meandering atmospherics.
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