The new single by Danish psychedelic progressive rock band Øresund Space Collective will be available today. Titled “Chased by Space Police” (Prog Sphere Records), the single can be downloaded for free.
The single includes high resolution artwork in PDF, designed specially by Påhl Sundström of Klotet and Villebråd. Chased by the Space Police was recorded during It’s All About Delay session on March 10th-11th, 2006 in the Black Tomato Studios, Copenhagen.
Previously unreleased, this track is a journey through space and far beyond. Starting in a progressive rock manner with Hammond taking a lead it develops further towards more psychedelic space-led sound. Clocking a little over 13 minutes, Chased by the Space Police is a good introduction to what can be expected throughout 2012.
RPWL, one of Germany’s most successful progressive rock bands will release its first concept album titled “Beyond Man and Time” in Macrh 2012. The recording is a musical journey through the world outside of Plato’s Cave. Beyond Man and Time will be released in a standard version as well as an exclusive bonus edition that includes an audio book. The album will also be presented live throughout Europe in April 2012.
The protagonist of Beyond Man and Time is on a journey and meets various characters, partly adapted from Zarathustra, as means towards new insight. The basic idea in this is a so-called “revaluation of values” in terms of a new way of thinking. In this world “beyond man and time” there already are creatures of higher knowledge that the protagonist meets allegorically along his way: the keeper of the cave, the willingly blind, the scientist, the ugliest human, the creator, the shadow, the wise man in the desert and the fisherman.
In addition to the regular version of the album there will also be a bonus edition limited to 2,000 copies. This exclusive edition includes an additional audio book that connects the music even more closely to the philosophical approach, plus a topographic map of the new world that is to be explored.
The band from Freising in southern Germany, created musical themes for every single character on “Beyond Man And Time”: Middle Eastern percussion, expanded Moog-soli and an Indian sitar take care of a well-placed, atmospheric and colorful adaptation. The musical journey naturally culminates in a 16-minute epic called “The fisherman”, and ends on a calm and meditative note with “Noon.”
“The goal is to open eyes, look further, see more, and see differently,” says vocalist Yogi Lang. “Words that everybody approves of are not going to lead to progress. We call that: “deadlock of the spirit”. Too many approaches of our time disappear in the void of the equal – the conformist.”
Lineup: Yogi Lang on vocals and keyboards; Kalle Wallner on guitars; Markus Jehle on keyboards; Werner Taus on bass; and Marc Turiaux on drums.
Iconic Russian band Auktyon will be releasing its new album Top on February 14th with three shows in New York. Auktyon draws its inspiration from such remote sources as ska, reggae, avant-garde jazz, ethnic music of North Africa and Middle East, beat- and pop-music of the 1960s.
The band’s keen sense for improvisation led them to Top (Geometriya). The album draws together the eerie folklore (“Shiski,” “Polden/Noon”), edgy urbanity (“Mimo,” “Yula/Top”), and exuberant word play (“Homba).
The band’s unflagging energy will be in full force February 11 2012 for a U.S. release party at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge and at Joe’s Pub on February 18. The band will be joined by long-time American collaborators, keyboardist John Medeski and alt-guitarist Marc Ribot, for a special freewheeling show on February 16. Medeski and Ribot first leaped into Auktyon’s whirling songs several years ago, recording tracks for 2007’s Girls Sing, and playing shows together from Ukraine to downtown New York.
The line-up includes Leonid Fyodorov on vocals, guitar, percussion; Oleg Garkusha on dance, declamation, vocals; Viktor Bondarik on bass; Dmitry Ozersky on keyboards, percussion, trumpet; Nikolay Rubanov on saxophones, bass-clarinet, jaleika; Boris Shaveinikov on drums, percussion; Pavel Litvinov on percussion; Mikhail Kolovsky on tuba, trumpet; and Mikhail Rappoport – sound engineer.
“We have never had the goal to do something special, or to get something particular across to people,” muses Auktyon dancer/poet Oleg Garkusha. “We do what we like, and we never do what we don’t want to do. We just play.”
Full Tour Schedule
02/11/2012, Sat New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street Tickets: $35 adv./$45 day of show, Doors Open: 7:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm Ages 18+ Phone: 212.505.FISH.
02/16/2012, Thu New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street Doors Open: 10:00 pm, Show: 10:30 pm Featuring John Medeski & Marc Ribot. Ages 18+ Ph: 212.505.FISH
02/18/2012, Sat New York, NY Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette Street Ph: 212.967.7555
February 6th, 2012 update: Due to a medical emergency, Auktyon has cancelled their upcoming New York City gigs
The current line-up of progressive rock band Yes has released a new box set with a collection of live pieces. “In The Present – Live From Lyon” contains live recordings made in Lyon, France on December 1st 2009. It includes many of Yes’ classics from their peak progressive rock era as well as newer pieces.
In addition to the two live audio CDS, the box set includes a 55 minute DVD with interesting excerpts from the live performance, candid interviews and behind the scenes footage.
The line-up on this collection includes Benoit David on vocals (he replaced Jon Anderson while Anderson was ill), maestro Steve Howe on guitar, Chris Squire on bass, Alan White on drums, and Oliver Wakeman on keyboards.
1. Siberian Khatru
2. I’ve Seen All Good People
3. Tempus Fugit
5. Astral Traveller
6. Yours Is No Disgrace
See all 8 tracks on this disc
1. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
2. South Side Of The Sky
3. Machine Messiah
4. Heart Of The Sunrise
6. Starship Trooper
1. Interviews (DVD)
2. Excerpts From The Live Show (DVD)
3. Roundabout (DVD)
4. Machine Messiah (DVD)
One of the finest progressive rock acts in France, Eye 2 Eye, has a new album titled The Wish on the Musea label. The Wish is the group’s third title and their first concept-album, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s “Picture of Dorian Gray”.
Eye 2 Eye was formed in 2003 by former ADN musicians, Philippe Benabes and Didier Pegues. Their first album was One In Every Crowd (2006) and After All… (2009). Their style was initially influenced by 1980s Neoprog and Pink Floyd.
The current line-up includes Djam Zaidi (Transperception), Amirouche Ali Benali on guitars, Philippe Benabes on keyboards, Elise Bruckert on violin, Aymeric Delteil on bass and Didier Pegues on drums & keyboards.
Hunting The Fox (Tempus Fugit), a much-admired debut album by female keyboardist and composer Ines is now available as a digital download or CD on demand in some territories.
The album was originally released on CD in 1994. In 2010, Hunting The Fox was remastered and is now available worldwide for the first time.
In 1994 “Hunting The Fox” surprised the world of progressive rock with Ines Fuchs’ masterful keyboard work in the fine tradition of renowned keyboardists such as Martin Orford (IQ), Matthias Ulmer (Anyone’s Daughter) or Tony Banks (Genesis).
Aside from Ines on keyboards, the album features her husband Hansi Fuchs, Chris Bianchi d’Espinosa and Massimo “Max” Michieletto from Asgard on guitars, as well as a few studio musicians.
Hansi Fuchs sings a few of the songs. Other pieces were sung by Italian singer Kikko Grosso (Asgard), and four tracks were sung by Harald Bareth, the former lead singer of Swabian grand masters of progressive rock, Anyone’s Daughter.
Harald Bareth’s contribution was a real surprise to the progressive rock scene as he is one of the most popular singers in this genre, and since the 1984 Anyone’s Daughter live album he hasn’t sung anywhere else. Harald’s four songs on this album – “Water”, “Earth, Sun and Moon”, “Meet Me on the Mountain”, and “Innocent Girl” – are some special highlights on this throughout well done neo-progressive album. Those four songs quickly achieved iconic status among the many Anyone’s Daughter fans around the world.
Hunting The Fox is one of the leading German neo-prog albums from the mid-1990s. Ines also released Eastern Dawning (1996), The Flow (1999), and Slipping Into the Unknown (2002).
Renowned Argentine musician Guillermo Cides, who is one of the best Stick performers in the world, has released a new album after returning from his tours throughout Mexico and Spain. This recent concert was broadcast live on Facebook and Myspace. Meanwhile, he is preparing a new collaboration with Truey Mark’s project featuring Jon Anderson (Yes).
The live performance celebrated Cides’ 20 years of experience with the Stick. The concert was captured through a web camera located in a theater in Tarragona, Spain. Now this recording is released in CD format, signed by the musicians and sent directly to their fans.
Cides, who removed his CDs from the recording industry years ago, returns now with a live album in “a world without record companies, intermediaries and a real independent music” according to his official Facebook statement from where people can get a copy of the new album.
The album was recorded with drummer Alex Leys drummer and mastered by Tonica Studios in Buenos Aires. It is a limited edition and it is numbered and signed like “a simple object for collector,” says Cides.
Meantime he is preparing a new collaboration with Australian Truey Mark and Jon Anderson, former Yes frontman. This project directed by Truey Mark will born in 2012 under the name “Hope”.
Vagalume (Musea Parallèle) is the title of the new album by Madrid-based progressive rock band Absente H. Absente H plays original symphonic progressive rock, inspired by bands such as Genesis, Yes, Camel, Pink Floyd, The Flower Kings and Porcupine Tree.
Absente H produced and recorded the album on its own and licensed it to Musea for worldwide distribution. Band members include David Pérez on vocals, Juan Pedro Miralles on keyboards, Jesús González on drums, Alfonso Pazos on bass, María José Izquierdo on flute & backing vocals, María Sánchez on violin & backing vocals, and Víctor García on guitars.
The lyrics include topics such as environmental issues, nostalgic poems, mythology and exploration of the time and space domain.
Live at the Mar y Sol Festival ’72 (2011) is another archival release of live music by legendary progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP). This is the first-ever official release of this Emerson Lake & Palmer legendary concert. The Mar y Sol Festival was a Woodstock-like rock music festival that took place in Manatí, Puerto Rico, on April 1–3, 1972.
The album features the classic ELP line-up with Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on bass and vocals and Carl Palmer on drums.
1 – Hoedown
2 – Tarkus
3 – Take A Pebble
4 – Lucky Man
5 – Piano Improvisation
6 – Pictures At An Exhibition
7 – Rondo
One of the pioneering bands of symphonic progressive rock, Renaissance, has released a limited edition live CD/DVD set. The collection was filmed and recorded during Renaissance’s recent United States tour. With the exception of someone using a black and white camera at the back of a theater in the 1970s, this is the first time Renaissance has ever been filmed and professionally recorded in concert.
“The love and energy bestowed upon us by those of you that were able to attend, reflects in our performance,” say band leaders Annie Haslam Michael Dunford. “It is especially exciting for us to have fans all around the world able to see and hear our wonderful new band. We now have five strong vocalists within the band, two keyboard players, an orchestral drummer/percussionist and phenomenal bass player who capture all the lush and richness of our orchestrations.”