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Absorbing Psychedelic Shapes

Quantum Fantay – Tessellation of Euclidean Space (Progressive Promotion Records PPRCD 051, 2017)

Belgian band Quantum Fantay continues to charm with its captivating mix of progressive rock, psychedelic music, electronica and reggae beats. Influences range from Ozric Tentacles to Pink Floyd.

The lineup includes Pete Mush on synthesizers and bubbles (effects); Jaro on bass; Gino Bartonili on drums; Jorinde on flute; Tom Tee on guitars; and Nette Willox on saxophone.

Tessellation of Euclidean Space is masterfully-crafted album by one of the leading progressive psychedelic rock bands of our time.

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Omega, the Essential Rock Band from Hungary

Omega – Anthology 1968-1979 (Purple Pyramid Records, 2017)

This anthology is a great opportunity to discover the great Hungarian rock band Omega. Anthology 1968-1979 includes two discs. Disc 1 focuses on the 1960s. At that time, the band was still trying to find its way. Their songs were short and more pop oriented although there are glimpses of the good things to come in the future, in a few songs where you can hear psychedelic elements, blues rock, and mellotron sounds similar to the Moody Blues.

Disc 2 gets to the really good stuff. In the mid-1970s, Omega were deeply influenced by the space rock strain of progressive rock, especially bands like Pink Floyd and Germany’s Eloy. While the guitars and the heavily processed vocals are clearly on the space rock spectrum, the keyboards had a symphonic rock quality along with electronic music excursions.

Omega were very prolific in the 1970s and released albums in Hungarian as well as versions in English for the international market and even one album in German. If this compilation attracts your attention, you should look for the solidly progressive rock albums released by Omega. Begin with Time Robber and Skyrover.

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Space Rock Guitar Excursions

Alan J Bound – Deep Space – The Alan J. Bound Retrospective 2005 to 2014

Alan J Bound – Deep Space – The Alan J. Bound Retrospective 2005 to 2014 (Bound Productions, 2015)

This collection includes material from guitarist Alan J Bound’s earlier recordings. There are tracks from his 2010 Cosmology album as remixes of earlier material.

Alan J Bound lives in Cologne, Germany. He’s deeply influenced by British and German psychedelic and space rock. All the pieces are instrumental, featuring drums, bass, and synths and Bound delivering multiple solos. The pieces vary from instrumental progressive rock with heavy beats and blues progressions to dreamy, trippy laid back guitar sounds.

Jaki Liebezeit, former drummer of legendary German band Can appears on several of the pieces.

Alan J. Bound’s debut album was Blue Moon (2004). Next came, Moonglider (2006). His last album was Cosmology (2010).

The lineup on Deep Space includes Alan J. Bound on guitars and synths; Jaki Liebezeit on drums; Janusz Korzen on drums; H.T. on bass; and Omar Ibrahim on bass.

The Roadmap in Your Head

Spirits Burning & Clearlight – “The Roadmap in Your Head” (Gonzo Multimedia, 2016)

The Roadmap in Your Head is a space rock fest featuring the Spirits Burning collective and progressive electronic music pioneer Clearlight. The overall result is a fabulous mix of electronic music, rock, psychedelia, jazz and even world music influences. At times, the musicians venture into intense space and electronic music. On other parts of the album, the musicians gradually drift towards jazz, trance-like progressive rock and global sounds.

Clearlight is keyboardist and composer Cyrille Verdeaux, who released iconic albums in the 1970s. Spirits Burning is an impressive gathering of musicians who have played with the leading progressive psychedelic and space rock bands: Gong and Hawkwind, as well as other acclaimed space rock outfits.

The lineup is extensive and looks like a dream team wishlist: Cyrille “Clearlight” Verdeaux; the late Daevid Allen; Steve Hillage; Mike Howlett; Didier Malherbe; Ian East; Fabio Golfetti; Dave Sturt; Kavus Torabi; Don Falcone; Paul Booth; Theo Travis; Judy Dyble; Jonathan Segel; Steve Bemand; Nik Turner; Bridget Wishart; Albert Bouchard and many more.

“The Roadmap In Your Head” was mastered by renowned ambient electronic music keyboardist Robert Rich.

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Pink Floyd Records to Reintroduce More Vinyl Reissues

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother

Pink Floyd Records has announced the reintroduction ‘Atom Heart Mother’, ‘Meddle’ and ‘Obscured By Clouds’ on vinyl. The three albums have been remastered from the original analog master tapes and will be released on September 23rd, 2016. ‘The Wall’ and ‘The Division Bell’ are also back in stock on vinyl from August 26th.

Pink Floyd followed their 1960s albums with their fifth studio album, 1970’s ‘Atom Heart Mother’ featuring the classic lineup of Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason plus an orchestra. The LP went on to become the band’s first UK No.1 record.

In a short break from touring ‘Atom Heart Mother’, in 1971, Pink Floyd released the progressive psychedelic album, ‘Meddle’. The album included the epic 23-minute track Echoesthat occupied the entirety of the B-side of the record.

Pink Floyd’s seventh album ‘Obscured By Clouds’ was originally recorded as the soundtrack to the French film ‘La Vallée’ but it was eventually released as a standalone album in 1972.

Absorbing Turkish Space Rock

Siddhartha – Trip to Innerself (Trail Records, 2012)

This edition of Siddhartha’s Trip to Innerself is a remastered version of the album originally released in 1999. Siddhartha was an excellent Turkish psychedelic progressive rock band deeply inspired by Echoes-era Pink Floyd, German space rock band Eloy and Middle Eastern melodies.

On Trip to Innerself you’ll find structured epic pieces along with absorbing space rock jams and acoustic ballads featuring classical-style guitars. In addition to the original material, Trip to Innerself includes a bonus track.

The lineup included Özgür Kurcan on vocals, guitars; Ege Madra on guitars; Ulas Akin on bass; Volkan Yildirim on keyboards; Orkun Öker on keyboards; and Kaan Sezgin on drums.

Guests featured: Nil Karaibrahimgil on vocals; Kerem Özyegen on vocals; Neslihan Engin on keyboards; Berke Özcan on percussion; and Serkan Yilmaz on percussion.

This re-edition is dedicated to band member Özgür Kurcan who passed away in 2011.

Siddhartha was worth re-discovering. It’s fabulous album that will appeal to fans of the progressive rock side of psychedelia.

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