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Rousing Array of Sounds from Chasing The Monsoon

Chasing The Monsoon – No Ordinary World (Immrama Records, 2019)

Chasing The Monsoon is a superb crossover project that brings together an exciting mix of musical genres, including superbly constructed progressive rock, mesmerizing and dreamy ambient electronic atmospheres, edgy trip hop, evocative Celtic sounds and a rich palette of world music rhythms and chants. The project’s name is based on a book of the same name written by Alexander Frater.

The project was envisioned by Karnataka’s multi-instrumentalist Ian Jones and producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Evans. No Ordinary World features a mix of exquisite, poetic lead male vocals and Enya-style ethereal female vocals and captivating chorus chanting.

Influences include Pink Floyd, Karnataka, Jon Anderson, One Giant Leap, British progressive rock band Solstice, and Deep Forest.

The lineup includes Ian Jones on bass, keyboards, guitars, programming; Steve Evans on keyboards, vocals, drums, programming; Ian Simmons on electric and acoustic guitars; Karnataka’s Lisa Fury on vocals. Guests include Nightwish’s Troy Donockley on flute, whistles and uilleann pipe; and Enrico Pinna on guitar.

No Ordinary World is masterfully recorded and orchestrated, a finely crafted progressive music crossover album with beautiful artwork.

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Formidable Multifaceted Alan Simon

Alan Simon – Songwriter (Babaika Productions/The Right Honourable Recording Company, 2017)

Songwriter is a compilation of musical works by French musician and composer Alan Simon now available on as 2 CDs (previously it was available on vinyl only). The anthology includes material from rock operas and other recordings made from 1995 to 2017.

Alan Simon is the creator of the highly successful Excalibur: The Celtic Rock Opera. He’s deeply influenced by Celtic, world and symphonic music, folk and progressive rock as well. Songwriter represents a wide range of genres, from majestic cinematic orchestral pieces to evocative Celtic music, exotic world music and progressive rock elements as well.

The compendium includes guest appearances by well-known artists from various backgrounds: members of Supertramp, Jon Anderson of Yes, Christian Décamps of legendary French progressive rock band Ange, Spanish bagpipe master Carlos Núñez, Midnight Oil, Alan Parsons, Fairport Convention, Moya Brennan, John Wetton, Justin Hayward, Maddy Prior, Billy Preston, Roberto Tiranti, Martin Barre, Les Holroyd, Mick Fleetwood and Zucchero.

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