Essentially the brainchild of Kevin McDade guitars, lead vocals and his son Bruce McDade guitars, programming , the album manages to combine the finest elements of U. Extra points must go to the overall quality of the recording and the amazing cover art and CD packaging, which greatly enhances the sonic spectacular experience. Anyone who thinks the spirit of inventive prog is lacking will get a buzz from Twombley Burwash.
Throughout the album, Thia receives solid support from a range of musicians, including top name guitarists such as Lyle Workman, Nels Cline and Eric Liljestrand as well as a number of drummers and producer Dan Schwartz. With the release of Ever, Thia Sexton proves to be a uniquely refreshing composer and singer-songwriter.
Brett appeared as guitarist on the Dragonfly album by The Strawbs back in Like Cousins, sonically Brett simply pulverizes the listener. With his biting sense of social satire, Brett is not a happy camper but the album really evokes the finest spirit of English folk-rock circa Based in the U.
All of Wright's albums offer sublime electronic music experiences with the near supernatural In Search Of Silence being a classic of the genre. Wright and AD have been releasing music on CD since , covering all types of electronic instrumental including chill-out, down tempo, space music, ambient and even instrumental rock styles.
Wright has said that this is to be the final Code Indigo album to which he tells mwe3. The band was always a huge strain and it was always me leading it and organizing everything, often to the detriment of my solo work. I thought the time was right to end it. So the title, everything about the album seemed right to take a look back over all the Code Indigo albums and a way of featuring everybody who was ever involved with the band. I was actually very pleased at how we were able to achieve that through the music that we featured.
We were able to record some brand new music alongside some really good reworkings of older tracks and a really nice live section that we all wanted to see released. And it was nice looking through all the photos to put in the CD booklet.
But I suppose most importantly it showed just what Code Indigo can do and has done. Decked out with very appealing artwork and factory pressed discs, the albums on AD Music are an excellent choice for fans of creative 21st century electronica. That place where the American free jazz of the s meets the progressive U. Much of the music is instrumental freeform fusion but several tracks add in the vocals of Cheyenne Mize and in that respect you can hear the influence of the U.
First, Apothecary is a fantastic jazz-fusion rock CD that features a wide range of instrumental sounds that veers from jazzy instrumentals to near heavy metal instrumental sounds. The interplay between these four musicians borders on ESP.
Featuring nine tracks, Apothecary is 21st century jazz-rock fusion at its best. Also new from Cubert and company is the album Formativ. More of a rock fusion set, Formativ, the band and the CD features Cubert and John Beagley vocals, keyboards, lyric backed up by a range of players. As both CDs portend, Jeremy Cubert is still quite active and busy in the worlds of instrumental fusion and prog-rock.
The results are quite amazing, revealing a jazz-rock power trio going after a melodic and highly structured kind of sound. The better news is this track is just a prelude to a further 3 disc set encompassing the entire World War Trio album. On a personal level, sometimes it feels like our minds, our lives, are a whirlwind, and we need to still that wind by stilling our mind, either though meditation or listening to gentle music.
A couple of guests add in guitars and drums on a couple tracks but mostly the CD is a fantastic album of haunting melodies and dreamy arrangements that evokes a perfect sense of peacefulness and relaxation. In fact, Wenzel carries the tradition of classic progressive rock into the realm of 21st century New Age symphonic music with rare precision and sonic expertise. This after all was the trademark ability of both Les Paul and Chet, who often used solo guitar chord melody arrangements of song classics to dazzle listeners.
The CD cover art is excellent and likewise, the music maintains a cool, sophisticated approach to instrumental jazz music. For Indigo, Dan has chosen to work with some renowned backing musicians, including co-producer Brian Bromberg bass , Lenny Castro percussion , Allen Hinds guitars , Bob Sheppard sax , Will Kennedy drums and other fine players.
Speaking about Indigo in the following interview, Dan tells mwe3. Once the music was written, I thought about the concept and who would be the best players for the project. After releasing 20 albums, Dan Siegel hits a real sweet spot with the relaxing and deep jazz sounds of Indigo. The sound is electric and even minus synths and keyboards, except piano, the sound is very pure.
On 71 South, Guitarist Dave Baker makes the art of instrumental music look easy and effortless. His early solo albums featured nylon string guitar and piano with samples and, following another venture into the realm of hard rock, in early Strat returned to the neoclassical guitar style.
The results are truly striking and quite satisfying, both from a guitar perspective and a neoclassical music perspective. Perhaps the most fascinating thing is that Strat has written all the music here, so while it may sound like it was composed in another century, the music here is actually a well honed representation of 21st century neo-classical guitar-centric music at its finest.
Another good thing is, how often you play this amazing CD, it never seems to wear out its welcome. Skillfully written and performed by Johannes and his band, the eleven cut Midnight Rhumba CD features a fascinating mix of instrumental Spanish guitar sounds accompanied by the sound of Gypsy violin, Afro-Cuban percussion, piano and accordion. An excellent example of music based upon 21st century progressive instrumental and World Beat sounds, Esthema gets it all together on their CD Long Goodbye.
The sound of the eight track CD is often times deep and mournful, with the band creating somber moods offset by dazzling musicianship and dramatic music. Backing Milas are some fine players including the string sounds of Naseem Alatrash cello and Onur Dilisen violin , while Mac Richey adds in oud and bouzouki for an even more exotic effect.
Esthema has composed some excellent music on Long Goodbye that matches the skillful craft of these musicians. World Beat sounds with a penchant for exotic instrumental jazz-rock sounds, Esthema builds a new bridge for 21st century instrumental music.
Just about every known acoustic instrument under the sun seems to have been included on the making of Arcadia, with the accent clearly being on World Beat instruments from exotic countries including Greek and Irish bouzouki, the Indian sitar, Chinese Ruan, Turkish cumbus, Moroccan oud.
Interestingly, all these instruments seem to sit well with good old acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, acoustic piano, upright bass and much more. Also blended in for effects are field recordings and other sounds. Much like a lone man band, Ben performs all the keyboards, guitars, horns, electronics and more with some help from a couple of players.
Clearly, Field Studies is the work of a one man band with a lot of resourceful imagination. Bach as well as fretboard jazzers like Metheny and Scofield among his big music influences. A fresh voice in the 21st century jazz guitar front, Rotem Sivan stakes out a musical vision of his own with this vibrant musical masterpiece. Created, mixed and produced by Russell, the Spiritual Haven album really takes the listener out there with its mix of unusual World Beat rhythms and other intriging sounding instruments such as oboe and other relaxing instruments with further musical flavorings from modern sounding synth beats, guitars, zither and much more.
I believe music can help people connect to their own spirituality, which, in turn can contribute to a healthier lifestyle and a fuller sense of well being. To me, that feel is imagery of ancient places combined with modern relaxing tones. I also like to have a fair amount of rhythm and percussion. What about Bad Religion, who grew up in the suburbs but maintained close ties to hardcore throughout their long career?
No, we guess. The best we could do was come up with a sort of gut test: If the band seems more pop punk than anything else, they get to stay. Just post a link to their Bandcamp in the comments section and let people figure it out for themselves.
DIY or die, right? Many punk rock and pop punk bands originated from the California punk scene of the late s, and several of those bands, especially Green Day and The Offspring , helped revive interest in punk rock in the s. Dookie sold four million copies by the year's end and spawned several radio singles that received extensive MTV rotation, three of which peaked at number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Green Day's enormous commercial success paved the way for other North American pop punk bands in the following decade. The album's song " Inside Out " peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot Although Blink broke into the mainstream with the release of Dude Ranch, the band became much more popular with the release of the album Enema of the State. On August 4, , the band's song " Flavor of the Weak " peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot chart.
The band's song " Addicted " peaked at number 11 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart in August Bowling for Soup's song " " peaked at number 10 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The band's song " Almost " peaked at number 21 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. In the mids, Green Day became mainstream again with its album American Idiot. During the late s, many Paramore songs were on the Billboard Hot Paramore's song " Crushcrushcrush " peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Hot in January and the band's song " That's What You Get " peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot in August
Much of the music is instrumental freeform fusion but several tracks add in the vocals of Cheyenne Mize and in that respect you can hear the influence of the U. The sound of Looking Into You is very much rooted in the FM radio based country rock sound Browne helped pioneer back in the early s.
Essentially the brainchild of Kevin McDade guitars, lead vocals and his son Bruce McDade guitars, programming , the album manages to combine the finest elements of U. Being that Cat Stevens is half Swedish, that comparison seems to make the most sense. Speaking about Indigo in the following interview, Dan tells mwe3. The band's song " Addicted " peaked at number 11 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart in August
What about Bad Religion, who grew up in the suburbs but maintained close ties to hardcore throughout their long career?
The sound is truly something to marvel at and the progressive rock fans will flip for this latest release by The Samurai Of Prog.
Their enthusiasm for our new material means we don't feel pressured to follow a certain style and has given us the impetus to work on material in a much freer way. After releasing 20 albums, Dan Siegel hits a real sweet spot with the relaxing and deep jazz sounds of Indigo. Speaking as someone who has spent so many years working in the studio on other peoples projects it was a real treat to make one where we both were able to make the artistic decisions. It's part Hipgnosis and part Jan Svankmajer, a Czech animator who influenced Terry Gilliam and always has a streak of sarcastic humor running through his films, as well as an obsession with meat!