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Album Review

Deep Energy Orchestra: Playing with Fire

Read "Playing with Fire" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Deep Energy Orchestra is unique in its musical repertoire, approach, and style, all of which burn light and heat into their first live recording Playing with Fire. DEO's lead voice comes equally from progressive guitar pot-stirrer and King Crimson mainstay Trey Gunn; Carnatic percussionist V. Selvaganish, a member of John McLaughlin's transcendent group Remember Shakti; electric violinist Radhika Iyer; and bassist Jason Everett, who wrote many of these tunes; plus a classical string ensemble. Playing with Fire sort ...

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Album Review

Sonar: Live At Moods

Read "Live At Moods" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Recorded Live at Moods jazz club in Zürich (Switzerland) in May 2018, this set reconnects guitar electronics visionary David Torn with the band Sonar. Torn played with Sonar on their previous album Vortex, and this live set picks up three tunes ("Waves and Particles," “Red Shift" and “Lookface!") from that earlier collaboration. How does Sonar make their music sound so different? For starters, founding guitarist Stephan Thelen and Bernhard Wagner play guitars, and Christian Kuntner plays bass, in ...

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Album Review

Sonar: Live At Moods

Read "Live At Moods" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Swiss experimentalists Sonar found a new groove on their album Vortex (RareNoiseRecords, 2018): the marriage of their intricate pattern playing with the American guitarist/live looper David Torn's raw emotional abandon created a rich synthesis. This live album is a celebration of that sound, but it is much more than a live version of their collaboration in the studio. Opener “Twofold Covering" starts out in fresh territory, adding Torn to a track from Sonar's Static Motion (Cuneiform Records, 2014). ...

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Album Review

Security Project: Contact

Read "Contact" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's impossible to describe an outfit like the Security Project without that troublesome (if not entirely inaccurate) phrase “tribute band" popping up, complete with the inevitable baggage that term implies. It's usually reserved for countless local-level acts that entertain bar crowds with predictable staples on any given weekend, sure, but this group shoots for something much more sophisticated and exploratory. They almost completely eschew the obvious hits of the Peter Gabriel catalogue and primarily delve into the groundbreaking and unclassifiable ...

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Album Review

Zero Times Everything: Sonic Cinema

Read "Sonic Cinema" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Multi-instrumentalist Richard Sylvarnes encapsulates the trio's approach by stating: “In film making it is critical to create a sense of space; a world wholly imaginary that we can enter completely and without reservation. That is the first critical step in the creative process of Zero Times Everything." Therefore, it must be asserted that the musicians have conclusively accomplished their mission on this immensely compelling album that bridges progressive rock with ambient-electronica, noise- shaping processes and a host of other musical ...

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Extended Analysis

Security Project: Live 1

Read "Security Project: Live 1" reviewed by John Kelman


While so many singer-songwriters of the past 50 years have been covered time and again-even fostering tribute bands that recreate the live experience as close to perfection as possible-one of the most important, groundbreaking and forward-thinking songwriters of the past five decades has, for the most part, been overlooked. Peter Gabriel may have spent the first few years of his career in progressive rock trendsetters Genesis, but it's been his solo career, which began in 1977, that ultimately elevated the ...

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Album Review

Pray For Brain: None Of The Above

Read "None Of The Above" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


New Mexico is known for its picturesque landscape, arts & crafts and Mother Earth type activities, but not cited for harvesting diverse progressive rock power trios. In addition, the band's marketing pitch asks, “What happens when two Buddhists and a Muslim meet to make music?" Evidently, a whole lot is going on, as the musicians' incorporate an electro-organic feast, enveloping a 3D outlook, spanning Middle Eastern oud-based rock, Indofunk, jazz fusion and hearty doses of improvisation. Here, exceptionally versatile guitarist ...


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