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09/06/2021: Leprous reveal new studio album release in August

In a statement on their Facebook Page Leprous’s Einar Solberg reveals their new studio album, Aphelion will be released on 27 August 2021:

Leprous - Aphelion album cover“We had no plans to start with a new album, then came Covid. “Aphelion” is a very different album. It’s intuitive and spontaneous. We’ve experimented with many completely different ways of writing music and explored new ways to work. There has been no room for overthinking, exaggerated perfectionism or carefully planned songs. I believe this is one of the strengths of this album. It feels alive, it feels free and it does not come across as too calculated. The album was recorded in three different studios, and a few of the songs were actually recorded in all three studios, Ghost Ward Studios, Ocean Sound Recordings and Cederberg Studios. The aphelion is the point in the orbit of an object where it is farthest from the sun, and it has a symbolic value which I will leave to your own interpretation.”

Cover artwork designed by Elena Sigida, based on photography by Øystein Aspelund

Earlier this year the band announced a series of European Tour Dates in December 2021.

SOURCE: Leprous

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08/06/2021: Jack Songs: An All-Star Tribute to Jack Bruce

Jack Songs: An All-Star Tribute to Jack Bruce

Jeff Berlin has launched a GoFundMe Campaign for a new tribute album to legendary Jack Bruce titled “Jack Songs – An All-Star Tribute To Jack Bruce”! Jack Bruce, best known for his work with classic rock legends Cream, as well as his critically acclaimed solo work, passed away in 2014. Jeff Berlin, who has been called “the greatest bass player in the world”, was a personal friend of Jack’s and wanted to record Jack’s songs in remembrance of how Jack helped Jeff to find his own musical path.

Guest performers already signed up include Alex Lifeson & Geddy Lee, Tony Levin, Billy Sheehan, Brian Auger, Scott Henderson, Eric Johnson, Nathan East, Gary Husband, Mark King, Sammy Hagar, Ron Carter, Albert Lee, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Marcus Miller, Michael League and Alex Ligertwood.

TRACK LISTING
01. Theme From An Imaginary Western
02. Rope Ladder
03. Cream Medley
04. Never Tell Your Mother
05. Letter Of Thanks
06. Smiles And Grins
07. One
08. Folk Song
09. Immortal Ninth
10. Train Time
11. TBA (presently untitled collaboration with Pete Brown)

Says Jeff:, “Recording the music of Jack Bruce has been the most emotional recording project of my career. Jack was the greatest musical influence I ever had. In the center of his music were these strange and wonderful bass lines weaving in and out of the key, reaching for resolutions and finding them, again, and again. Jack’s playing was a living evolving improvisation.

‘Jack Songs’ isn’t a cover CD, not in the literal sense. Except for a couple of tunes from his Cream period (arranged in ways that should surprise people) most of the songs on this CD come from other periods in Jack’s musical life before and after Cream. Jack’s solo career represented a multitude of musical styles. This recording will be a new revamp of some of those songs, some of the best music that I heard from one of the greatest musicians of the last fifty years.”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


07/06/2021: IQ postpone IQ40 London show

Due to the uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic IQ have postponed their 40th Anniversary Show at the Islington Assembly Hall until June 2022.

SOURCE: IQ

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06/06/2021: Prog For Peart announce line-up changes

Prog For Peart

The Prog For Peart festival organisers announce a few line-up changes. The event will take place between 2nd July – 3rd July 2021 at The Northcourt, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PL.

The line-up is now confirmed as:

FRIDAY: Solstice | Landmarq | Azure | Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate | Rain| The Far Meadow | Eyes Of HIbion | Semper Vera

SATURDAY: Bravado (Rush Tribute) | The Room | The Emerald Dawn | IT | Warmrain | The Paradox Twin | 25 Yard Screamer | Semper Vera & Shaven Primates

SOURCE: Prog For Peart

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05/06/2021: Italian ensemble Syndone to release new concept album Kāma Sūtra

Released later this week Kāma Sūtra, the eighth album from Syndone, “is a key to unhinging the menageries of progressive doctrine”. The album features saxophonists David Jackson vocalist Annie Barbazza. The band released an album teaser earlier this year

The band comment: “In fact, it is the least progressive album of Syndone, but the news is not bad for this at all: the forays into more rock material are interspersed here and there by the scratches and sweeps of the Hammond that refer to Brian Auger and John Lord, from choral fragments where you can feel the smell of Queen. If “Mysoginia” was Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa, “Kāma Sūtra” is a painting by Kandinsky. To be fascinated, the wonderful “We Are the World We Created” is enough.”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


04/06/2021: Public Service Broadcasting announce UK Tour

Public Service Broadcasting UK Tour Poster 2021

24/10/21: CARDIFF The Great Hall
25/10/21: BRIGHTON Dome
26/10/21: BRISTOL O2 Academy
27/10/21: EXETER Great Hall (Exeter University)
28/10/21: SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
30/10/21: AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre (Friars)
31/10/21: BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
01/11/21: LEEDS O2 Academy
02/11/21: LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru
04/11/21: MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
05/11/21: NEWCASTLE City Hall
06/11/21: ABERDEEN Music Hall
07/11/21: GLASGOW Barrowland Ballroom
09/11/21: NOTTINGHAM Rock City
10/11/21: LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
11/11/21: CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange

SOURCE: Public Service Broadcasting

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03/06/2021: Steve Howe announces the release of Homebrew 7

Steve Howe has announced he is to release the seventh edition of his Homebrew album series on 30th July via HoweSound. Homebrew 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the guitar legend’s first album in his Homebrew collection.

The Homebrew series typically features recordings from Steve Howe’s home archive of demos and tracks, originally recorded for one of his many solo or group projects with YES, ASIA, ABWH or GTR. Homebrew 7 differs slightly as none of the tracks have previously been released in any form and there are no plans for any to be re-recorded in the future.

“Many are things I’ve enjoyed saving until the right moment,” says Steve Howe, “and the Homebrew series allows this. Some tracks have matured with my nurturing but others have been recently rediscovered.”

This collection includes tracks from the late seventies through to 2016 in Howe’s extensive range of playing styles. Each of the 21 tracks is dated and accompanied by Howe’s background notes and details on instrumentation. Most of the tracks are Howe’s solo recordings with occasional contributions from Dylan Howe and Virgil Howe on drums with Phil Spalding on bass guitar (Half Way). The booklet includes the lyrics for the four vocal tracks and is also illustrated by some of Howe’s delightfully atmospheric photography.

TRACK LISTING
The Glider (2015) Time: 1.37
October (1998) 1.56
Steve Howe - Homebrew 7Half Way (1997, 2009 & 2015) 3.49
The Only One (2013) 1.26
In One Life (1982) 2.41
Outstanding Deal (1982) 3.21
Be Natural (2013) 1.47
Cold Winds (1983) 2.38
Deanscape (1982) 2.21
Tender Hooks (2015) 2.06
A Lady She Is (1982) 4.12
Two Sided (2013) 1.45
Strange Wayfarer (2016) 3.00
Devon Girl (1983) 2.42
Safe Haven (2015) 1.31
A Matter Of Fact 1986)
Touchstone (2015)1.58
From Another Day (1979) 1.47
Foregone Conclusion (2015) 1.58
Space Void (1978) 1.05
From The Get-Go (2015) 1.49

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection


03/06/2021: Potter’s Daughter enlist Simon Phillips for new studio album

Potter’s Daughter will be releasing their second full-length album Close To Nearby on 30 September 2021. Joining Dyanne Voegtlin and Jan-Christian Vögtlin will be drumming legend Simon Phillips.

Commenting on the collaboration, Simon Phillips says: “It has been an absolute pleasure to play on [the] music. Very challenging and ever so much fun.”

Potter’s Daughter comment: “The huge contribution of Simon’s playing to our music, together with the depth of his artistry and vision simply cannot be understated or exaggerated. He added a completely new dimension to each song. He is also down to earth, such a joy to work with!”

Potter's Daughter Close To Nearby album coverTRACK LISTING

01. Movement I
02. Rosewind
03. Night Sky
04. The Mask
05. 5 and 5
06. Midnight
07. Seven Meets Five
08. Hold

The album will be available digitally, CD, and limited-edition vinyl with accompanying Art Book!

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


02/06/2021: Neal Morse Band to release new studio album

The Neal Morse Band are announce the release of their fourth studio album Innocence & Danger, on 27th August 2021.

Neal Morse Band - Innocence & Danger album coverWith NMB’s previous two releases being concept albums, it’s perhaps remarkable that Innocence & Danger is a series of unrelated songs, but drummer Mike Portnoy says “After two sprawling back to back double concept albums in a row, it was refreshing to get back to writing a collection of unrelated individual songs in the vein of our first album.”

Indeed, making this album came easy to the band; while the initial inspiration came particularly from Bill Hubauer (keyboards) and Randy George (bass), the ideas flowed from everybody from there on, as George recalls: “I am excited about the level of collaboration that we achieved on this one. We even went in with a lot of ideas that weren’t necessarily developed, and I think in the end we have something that represents the best of everybody in the band.”

In fact – like its two acclaimed predecessors – Innocence & Danger is a double album by inspiration, rather than design, as Portnoy explains: “As much as we wanted to try and keep it to a single album after having just done two double albums, we wrote so much material that we found ourselves with our third double album in a row! That’s pretty prog!”

There is also plenty: “There’s one half hour epic and another that’s about 20 minutes long. I really didn’t realise that they were that long when we were recording them, which I guess is great because if a movie is really good, you don’t realise that it’s three hours long! But there are also some shorter songs: some have poppier elements, some are heavier and some have three part acoustic sections. I’m excited about all of it, really.”

The album will be released as a Limited 2CD+DVD Digipak (featuring a Making Of documentary), 3LP+2CD Boxset, Standard 2CD Jewelcase & Digital Album, featuring artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Transatlantic).

SOURCE: NMB


02/06/2021: Public Service Broadcasting announce the release of Bright Magic

Public Service Broadcasting reveal their fourth album Bright Magic will be released on 24 September 2021 via Play It Again Sam. By way of a taster, the first single from the album People, Let’s Dance featuring EERA is released today…

“Doing this felt inevitable, somehow,” muses J. Willgoose, Esq. “In my head, it was whirring and pulsing away for a long time, even before Every Valley – this fascinating, contrary, seductive place. I knew the album was going to be about the city, and its history and myths, and I was going to move there. So it’s quite a personal story. It’s become an album about moving to Berlin to write an album about people who move to Berlin to write an album…”

Though PSB’s use of electronics and surging guitar rock remain familiar, Bright Magic uses samples, and the English language, sparingly. It differs from their previous albums in other ways: less linear and narrative, instead it’s an impressionistic portrait of a city from the ground up. A Eureka moment of sorts came in November 2018 when Willgoose heard Walter Ruttmann’s radical Berlin tape-artwork Wochenende (or Weekend), which is sampled on three of Bright Magic’s tracks. Created in 1928, the piece collaged speech, field recordings and music into a sonic evocation of the city. Resolving to integrate these long- gone fragments with new manipulated sound sources, he set about making his own Wochenende, a narrative drama for the ears which decodes and realises the dreams of Berlin he’d constructed in his mind.

J. Willgoose, Esq. said “I started to get a feeling for where the title of Bright Magic wanted to take me, towards ideas of illumination and inspiration, electricity and flashes of light and colour and sound (all the tracks would eventually be colour coded). I sent it to the rest of the band, and said, I know it’s going to change, but we’ll see how the city itself colours that.”

Willgoose moved to Berlin from April 2019 to January 2020. Combining sound archaeology and the flâneuring of the psychogeographer, one street-level pursuit of the city’s energy involved Willgoose walking the Leipzigerstrasse, site of the city’s first electric streetlight, using a wide-band electromagnetic receiver from Moscow’s Soma Laboratories. “I walked up and down recording electrical currents and interference,” he laughs. “You can hear a few of these little frequency buzzes, clicks and impulses in Im Licht (a song inspired in part by pioneering lightbulb manufacturers AEG and Siemens). It’s what I was trying to do in the wider sense, I suppose – to capture those tiny little pulses you pick up while walking through a city.”

He wrote and recorded in Kreuzberg’s famous Hansa Tonstudio recording complex. This brought closer several inescapable musical touchstones: Depeche Mode’s classic eighties triumvirate, U2’s Achtung Baby and, crucially, Bowie’s “Heroes” and Low. “The whole shape and structure of the record is very much in debt to Low,” says Willgoose. Indeed, the Warszawa-evoking “The Visitor” – whose designated colour is the particular Orange of that album’s sleeve – was initially intended to feature a sample of Bowie reflecting, says Willgoose, on “how he viewed himself as this vessel for synthesizing and refracting other influences, and presenting avant-garde influences to the mainstream. We tried to absorb a bit of that spirit.”

As well as EERA, the album’s other guest voices include Blixa Bargeld, veteran of The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten, who becomes the voice of Berlin’s industry on the robo-teknik “Der Rhythmus der Maschinen”. Andreya Casablanca of Berlin garageistes Gurr stands in for Marlene Dietrich in “My Blue Heaven”, an anthem of proud self- determination.

A very pro-European record, Bright Magic is ultimately not just about one city, but all centres of human interaction and community which allow the free exchange and cross- pollination of ideas.

SOURCE: Public Service Broadcasting


02/06/2021: Anneke Van Giersbergen announces European tour dates for 2022

AVG_Tour Poster
Anneke Van Giersbergen reveals the first leg of her 2022 tour. She will be joined by Heather Findlay on all dates except the Klangfarben Musikfestival.

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN: Darkest Skies Solo Acoustic Tour
20/04/22: UK-London, The Garage
21/04/22: FR-Paris, Petit Bain
22/04/22: BE-Roeselare, De Verlichte Geest
23/04/22: DE-Trier, Mergener Hof
24/04/22: CH-Martigny, Caves du Manoir
25/04/22: CH-Langenthal, OldCapitol
26/04/22: DE-Stuttgart, Im Wizemann
27/04/22: IT-Trezzo sull’Adda, Live Club
28/04/22: DE-Munich, Backstage
29/04/22: AT-Kufstein, Klangfarben Musikfestival “The Art of Solo 2022”
30/04/22: DE-Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle Club
02/05/22: DE-Hamburg, Stage Club
03/05/22: DE-Dresden, Schauburg
04/05/22: DE-Berlin, Hole44
06/05/22: DE-Leipzig, Kupfersaal
07/05/22: DE-Hanover, Faust
08/05/22: DE-Munster, Jovel Club
09/05/22: DE-Cologne, Kulturkirche

SOURCE: Anneke Van Giersbergen



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