Artist Song Time Album Year
Porcupine Tree Harridan 7:51 Closure / Continuation 2022
Tempest Jolly Roger 5:01 Going Home 2022
Vietgrove Miller’s Wood 8:15 The Stellar Nursery 2012
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate Another Plague 7:23 The Confidence Trick 2022
Vangelis El Greco: Movement V 3:37 El Greco 2017
Fearful Symmetry Shifting Sands 4:00 The Difficult Second 2022
Ludovico Einaudi Temple White 4:13 Underwater 2022
Birth For Yesterday 9:07 Born 2022

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Porcupine Tree: “Closure/Continuation” Many years since their last release, PT is here with a strong comeback. There is a sense of melancholy and also disquiet to much of the material, but plenty of the signature hard edges and mood shifts that characterize the band. This feels like a more mature PT to me, lots of sadness for what has become of everything, both personal and global. Hard to decide between the first single and the sinister Herd Culling, but going with Harridan as being the most indicative of the whole release, almost an overture in parts: Harridan


Tempest: “Going Home” Tempest have been around a good long time, I’ve seen them live a few times. This is mostly upbeat “Euro-Celtic” music with a rock twist, jigs and reels aplenty, plus a piratical sea shanty and even some Cajun seasoning. Fiddle, mandolin, mandoguitar and mandolas, electric and acoustic guitars, drums and bodhrán, keyboards, and hurdy-gurdy comprise the instrumentation. The male and female vocals in English and Norwegian blend perfectly into this high-spirited collection.  Favourite Track: Jolly Roger

  1. Thanks to Ian Carrs and his show, Vietgrove came to my attention. All instrumental music, rooted in 70s style, in the best possible way, with a delicacy that is sadly lacking in so much modern progressive music. Electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizer and organ are to the fore throughout, with bass and drums as the backbone. This is lofty stuff, with a 20-minute epic that is truly transporting. I particularly love the misty and melancholic “Miller’s Wood.”
    1. Vangelis “El Greco” Vangelis himself will need no introduction here. I heard a piece from this release during a recent tribute after his death and was intrigued to hear more. Inspired by the Spanish Renaissance painter and sculptor of the same name, this film score is performed primarily on electronic instruments, with some choir elements. It, like most works of this composer, is majestic, soaring, and inspiring. Hard to decide between the very harp-y Movement III and Movement V, but going with Movement V, as it is more typical of the whole (And does have some harp-ish moments).

      This concept album explores variations on the theme of cognitive errors and the glorification of confidence mistaken for competence. Malcolm presents the music as a sort of hard sci-fi social observation and commentary. There are just three personnel here, utilizing guitars, synths/keys, bass and Chapman Stick, and flutes. this is a progressive thought-provoking musical treatise on why we should all be willing to admit that we might just be wrong about our preconceived notions
        1. New psychedelia and prog blend from San Diego really capture the experimentalism and sound of the original periods as they began to merge with one another. Indeed, this is a marriage between two bands, Astra, and Psicomagia, that is a very successful one. Instruments are synths, electric piano, organ, electric and acoustic guitars, bass and drums. This band mixes all of the best of psych and prog and creates a satisfying mélange that deserves repeated listenings.