Thursday, 9 July 2015

Half Time Report


The sun is out, in between the rain showers, so it must be summer. So, we are more than half way into the year and musically speaking what kind of year is it shaping up to be? Pretty good actually. A lot of very strong new music and coming from every direction. Maybe it is me but I get the impression that genre divisions are breaking down even more, making distinctions to what is prog, rock, jazz, folk, classical, pop very difficult. Bands and artists are embracing more openly, influences from other types of music. Recently, folk band The Unthanks performed King Crimson's Starless for the BBC as part of their Glastonbury festival coverage. Can you imagine that happening 5 years ago! Here is a list of my favs to date.

  • The Unthanks - Mount the Air
  • Snarky Puppy - Sylva
  • Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase
  • Steve Hackett - Wolflight
  • Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
  • Guapo - Obscure Knowledge
  • Sweet Billy Pigrim - Motorcade Amnesiacs
  • Karda Estra - Strange Relations
  • Lonely Robot - Please Come Home
  • Mew - +/-
  • IO Earth - New World
  • Anekdoten - Until All the Ghosts are Gone
  • Mandala - Midnight Twilight
  • Wire - Wire
  • The Tangent - A Spark in the Aether
  • Bill Laurence - Swift
  • Von Hertzen Brothers - New Day Rising
  • Izz - Everlasting Instant
  • Glass Hammer - The Breaking of the World
  • Sanguine Hum - Now We Have Light
  • Grand Tour - Heavy on the Beach
  • The Neal Morse Band - The Grand Experiment
  • Gentle Knife - Gentle Knife
  • Magic Pie - King for a Day
  • District 97 - In Vaults


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