Virtuoso guitarist guitarist Richard Henshall, well-known for his work as a founding member of prog metal band Haken, as well as Nova Collective, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, and as a Strandberg Guitars associate artist, is set to release his debut solo album, ‘The Cocoon’. The album will be available on August 9th, 2019. Henshall has released a new video for the track “Limbo.”
“Limbo focuses on the atmospheric side of my sound and draws influence from the likes of Sigur Ros and Volcano Choir,” says Richard Henshall. “The lyrics touch upon the idea of being stuck between two worlds whilst being bound by a fate that you have no control of. Miles Skarin from Crystal Spotlight put together this beautiful video with his own footage of the dramatic, barren landscape of Iceland, which ties in perfectly with soundscapes within the music.”
Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett and Unifaun, has released the second single from his new solo album ‘The Regal Bastard.’ The video showcases the song ‘Meet Your Maker.’
Nad comments about the track: “This song features the fabulous Tania Doko on vocals, Tony Levin on bass and Nick D’Virgilio on drums. The rest is all handled by yours truly. ‘Meet Your Maker’ is a typical song, where still in the realm of prog – I bring in my R&B/soul influences combined with rock and dark theater. I don’t hear anyone else making that kind of noise at the moment, so I believe this is a unique piece of music, delivered by first rate musicians and production. So I’m very pleased with it.”
“Live at Coventry
Cathedral 1975” is the title of an exclusive box set of Tangerine Dream’s filmed
and directed by Tony Palmer.
In December 1974, German electronic music pioneers Tangerine
Dream were invited to play in the grand setting of Rheims Cathedral, a groundbreaking
move. Afterwards, they were then invited to perform in the cathedrals of York,
Liverpool and Coventry. The tour attracted extraordinary coverage in the media,
especially at Coventry Cathedral, an iconic building rising on the ruins of the
old cathedral bombed to rubble by the Germans in 1940, as a celebration of
peace and reconciliation, as well as a lasting showcase for great contemporary
This DVD features the live recording soundtrack (unlike the
previous issue), and also contains footage of Tangerine Dream from the
legendary music program, All You Need is Love.
This deluxe box set brings together both the film DVD and memorabilia together for the first time, along with a signed and numbered certificate by Tony Palmer, the director.
Yessongs – 40th Anniversary Special Edition is the Blu-ray release of the iconic movie Yessongs by progressive rock stars Yes. The movie was filmed in 1972 at London’s Rainbow Theatre. It was originally released theatrically in the UK the following year with a quadrophonic soundtrack.
At the time, Yes was a consolidated superband, with a new lineup featuring some of the finest artists in the British progressive rock scene: vocalist and songwriter Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Alan White.
The material on Yessongs – 40th Anniversary Special Edition includes some of early Yes’ essential musical pieces: All Good People, And You And I, Roundabout, and Yours Is No Disgrace.
The group had evolved into a symphonic progressive rock powerhouse. The performances include the previously mentioned full band pieces and solo segments by Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman showcasing their guitar and keyboard arsenals and virtuosity. It’s fun to watch the outfits of the time, with Chris Squire and Rick Wakeman wearing capes.
In addition to the restored film, this edition includes a 2012 documentary with Steve Howe, graphic designer Roger Dean (who designed the cover) and Chris Squire.
Yessongs is one of the essential music films of the early 1970s.
The Tangent, the edgy progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, has a new animated music video available with an excerpt of the track “The Adulthood Lie.” The piece appears on The Tangent’s new album ‘Proxy,’ scheduled for release on November 16th, 2018.
Andy Tillison provide details: “‘The Adulthood Lie’ is a song from the new album “Proxy” by The Tangent. It comes in two flavours… one (the album version) which is a sixteen minute long Prog Rock Epic made out of anything but Prog Rock sounds… and the “single” version which is released today. The ‘single’ gives no real indication of what actually happens on the album version, but takes the form of a dancey Ibiza style pop song. These two versions work together well as a demonstration of what Progressive Rock still can be. Hear the single (with its cult game-like lyric video), and then hear the album to find out where it goes next!”
French electronic music artist and producer Rone (Erwan Castex) has released a new music video titled Mirapolis. The video was envisioned by his sister, illustrator Aurélie Castex.
The concept is: in infinite space, a tiny woman pilots a paper plane. On the Mirapolis planet, among a crowd of extravagant characters, a man swallows it by accident. He finds himself instantly tiny on his turn. Then he goes through a crazy race. He will cross giant shoes, dive into the seabed of a tin can, climbs on a planet that smokes a pipe… until a big party in which a merry and motley crowd dances on the shoulders of a giant: Rone.
“Mirapolis” is one of the last solo tracks that Rone composed in the spring of 2017, while thinking about the live performance: “I wanted to record a festive track, which completely stands by its “funfair” vibe.”
This new video is combined with the release of a new four-track EP including 3 exclusive remixes by Laurent Garnier, Johannes Brecht and Matias Aguayo on October 5th.
Regular illustrator for Elle France magazine and Le Parisien Magazine, Aurélie Castex has also contributed to issues of Vogue Japan, Velvet Italia, Common & Sense, Flaunt and GQ. After graduating from l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, she worked a year for Givenchy parfums before starting her professional free-lance activity in collaboration with her friend Claire Laude under the name Mesdemoiselles. They created many visual identities using drawing and illustration with chic and squeaky humor.
Now Aurélie is working in her own Parisian studio. She likes to draw funny pictures, to tell stories and to imagine animated movies for famous institutions and brands such as Paul & Joe, the Grand Palais, A La Mère de Famille, Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, Château Troplong-Mondot St Emilion Grand Cru or Chaumet.
Electronic music artist Millimetrik has released a music video tiled “Adoration Lights”. The piece will be include in his upcoming album set to be released next fall on Coyote Records. The transfixing piece combines electronic music and psychedelic rock.
American progressive rock band Spock’s Beard has announced the release of its 13th studio album ‘Noise Floor’ for May 25th, 2018. Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros & Ryo Okumoto are joined in the studio once again by drummer and original member Nick D’Virgilio.
The band has launched the first single from the double album, the opening track ‘To Breathe Another Day’:
Lonely Robot, the project led by British producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), has released a music video titled ‘In Floral Green.’ This song appears in the band’s second studio album ‘The Big Dream,’ released earlier this year. The features a guest appearance from Kim Seviour.
“In Floral Green is a song very dear to my heart,” says John Mitchell. “In addition to losing sight of the warmth of human connection we feel in the cold remoteness and social disconnect of the modern world, we as a species probably need to be around a lot less drab grey and a lot more rustic green. Many thanks to the little dark haired kid in the chorus for his tireless commitment to big 70s hair and throwing a ball around for our amusement.”
The Lonely Robotkive band includes John Mitchell, Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass and Liam Holmes on keyboards.