Roland Bühlmann – Bailenas (Roland Bühlmann, 2017)
Bailenas is an excellent instrumental album by Swiss multi-instrumentalist Roland Bühlmann. He delivers an engaing combination of progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, electronics and post rock.
The sounds revolves around various electric guitar sounds although Roland Bühlmann also plays hanottere (a Swiss cittern), bass, stones, and shofar (Hebrew horn) along with loops, drums and percussion generated with Beta Monkey Music samples.
Bailenas is a beautifully-crafted album highlight the versatility of the electric guitar.
Drift is the dreamy ambient and instrumental rock album by guitarist Jim Matheos (Fates Warning). In some tracks Matheos is closer to the repetitive, minimalist post-rock style. Other times, he moves toward the Brian Eno sensibility and electronic soundscapes.
Most of the album is pretty laid back, with repetitive, reverberating guitars and occasional drums, although Jim Matheos increases the intensity on several tracks, adding drums and guitar solos; and he even ventures into less interesting heavy metal on one track.
Guests include Lloyd Hanney on drums; Kevin Moore on keyboards; and Anna-Lynne Williams on ethereal wordless vocals.
Norwegian progressive rock band has effectively taking the torch of the classic Pink Floyd sound. The group is characterized by melancholic vocals combined with guitars that channel David Gilmour. Additionally, the group adds effects and lavish electronic atmospheres that take the listener into a world of psychedelic progressive rock mixed with post rock sensibilities.
Guitarist Bjørn Riis provides the most significant moments throughout the album. Riis extracts a wide-range of sounds out of his electric guitars. It’s astonishing how he’s managed to emulate many of the sounds that David Gilmour showcased in his Pink Floyd albums and concerts.
The title of the album reflects the life changes experienced by guitarist and composer Bjørn Riis: “The idea and inspiration for most of the lyrics, and the title track in particular, came from me realizing that I had to make some changes in my life. I was tired of the daily routine, working 9-5 in an office doing basically nothing and never having enough time for my family and music. I took a year off and started writing for the album.”
Riis and his colleagues discussed adding more electronic elements and giving more room to the drums, “allowing them to be more percussive and basically avoid the usual rock formula on all songs.”
The lineup on Disconnected includes Asle Tostrup on lead vocals; Bjørn Riis on guitars and vocals; Henrik Fossum on drums; Anders Hovdan on bass.
Afterlife is the third album from Indonesian band Summer Effect. The new recording includes 10 instrumental post-rock, ambient, progressive songs.
Summer Effect was formed in early 2012. Ibo (drums, keys) is the founder. At the end of 2011, he met Aroel (guitar, keyboards), and since then they have been playing as an instrumental band that combines shoegaze, ambient and post-rock.
The Claudia Quintet, an ensemble led by composer and drummer and John Hollenbeck has will be touring Europe and North America in the next weeks.
The Claudia Quintet plays jazz influenced by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock. The ensemble has released seven albums, six of them on Cuneiform Records. The eighth album, Super Petite, is scheduled for release on Cuneiform in Summer 2016.
Dutch band Downriver Dead Men Go plays introspective melancholic music that is deeply influenced by post rock bands. Downriver Dead Men Go is on the atmospheric side of post rock. Although I wouldn’t call them a full blown progressive rock band, they do have elements that recall Pink Floyd.
Tide features dark songs and instrumentals. I find the sorrowful songs a little repetitive after a while. Meanwhile, the instrumentals are more captivating with well-crafted progressions and mesmerizing ambient electronic work. Highlights include “Walking Away”, “The Ghost of Caitlin”, “Undertow” and the atmospheric work in “Stone in My Heart.”
The lineup includes Andy de Zeeuw on drums, Gerrit Koekebakker on guitars and vocals, Fernandez Burton on bass, and Gijs van Rijn (then came the flood) was brought in on keyboards and soundscapes.