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Das Rad: Adios Al Futuro

Read "Adios Al Futuro" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This UK-based band's follow-up to its self-titled 2019 release is a tad less experimental and more grounded in progressive rock and krautrock, aptly called out in the press release. It is an acoustic-electric offering often sweetened by Martin Archer's wistful sax lines, slightly tinged with studio echo to provide a little depth. Moreover, many of these works feature hummable melody lines and memorable hooks, although the trio does sprinkle ominous overtones amid Nick Robinson's stinging guitar chords and razor-like lead ...

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The Geordie Approach: Shields

Read "Shields" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Two Norwegians and a Geordie—the nickname for someone from an area of North East England--excel at semi-structured and largely improvised acoustic-electric works, and celebrate their first album for this multi-dimensional UK-based record label that is unrestricted by any musical boundaries. Therefore, the trio straddles avant-garde, ambient-electronica, and other EFX-framed offshoots. However, they defy tradition because of drummer Ståle Birkeland's asymmetrical timekeeping and pulsing beats, which are not commonplace in cosmic, textural, and colorific electronica outings. Basically, the unbalanced cadences drive ...

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Das Rad: Das Rad

Read "Das Rad" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

More from the imaginary artistic world of multi-instrumentalist, multi-reedman, producer Martin Archer and associates is a welcome surprise. Then again, the artist's Discus label offers a huge discography devised on dissimilar, futuristic and unorthodox outcomes. Other than the one-off modern jazz outings, Archer is a crafty, forward-thinking musician, spanning numerous ensembles, large and small. Here, the trio seemingly abides by a compose as-you-go rite of passage that embeds experimental jazz fusion, psycho pop, classic progressive rock and a slew of ...

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Keith Tippett: The Unlonely Raindancer

Read "The Unlonely Raindancer" reviewed by Matt Parker

Some people find that solo piano albums, no matter how highly regarded they may be, struggle to hold their attention for a full listen. This can often be attributed to the relatively small timbral palette apparently available to pianists. However, nothing could be further from the truth regarding the extraordinary performances of Keith Tippett documented in this beautiful reissue of the seminal album The Unlonely Raindancer (Universe Productions, 1980). Tippett draws a seemingly limitless supply of hitherto unimaginable sounds from ...

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Martin Archer: Another Fantastic Individual

Read "Another Fantastic Individual" reviewed by Matt Parker

This album is perhaps slightly less immediate than some of Martin Archer's other recent releases, such as the eponymous debut album of the Krautrock-esque trio Das Rad, but no less essential and, perhaps, in a sense, more impressive given that it was performed in its entirety by Archer alone. Another Fantastic Individual is a slow burner which seriously rewards repeated listening; fans of SOS, for instance, will probably find much to love straight away given the reed-heavy arrangements ...

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Ron Caines - Martin Archer Axis: Les Oiseaux de Matisse

Read "Les Oiseaux de Matisse" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The founder of this UK-based label, reedman/multi-instrumentalist Martin Archer and many of his longtime or more recent cohorts radiate a seemingly eternal sphere of invention. Other than ongoing projects with specific artists or ensembles, no two albums are distinctly alike. Hence, the element of surprise is a recurring element. Here, Archer and saxophonist Ron Caines co-lead the septet for a multidimensional jazz-tinged bash amid colorific textures, pulsating free-form sprees, quaint oddities and other captivating attributes throughout the 77-minute runtime.

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The Eclectic Maybe Band: The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes

Read "The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Among other positive opinions, UK-based Discus Music cranks out one audiophile quality album after another. The experimental label does not cut corners, and taking into consideration the disparate soundstages, tonal attributes and instrumentation, the music often simulates 3D-like sonic characteristics. These factors also come in handy when demoing stereo equipment at your local high-end dealer. Otherwise, The Eclectic Maybe Band created these gems via an instantaneous compositional approach, where jazz meets rock, and musical syntaxes possibly emanating from distant galaxies. ...


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