Monday, 29 December 2014
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Well, everyone does it! So, here's my choice as of today. Like all things, it may be different tomorrow, but this is as good as I can make it. Again, it has been a very good year for prog rock. It gladdens my heart that the music I loved as a teenager back in the 70's is now not only accepted again but celebrated and even embraced by new groups and artists. Long may it continue. So here's my personal favourites of the year in no particular order. That would be asking too much!
Opeth - Pale Communion
Motorpsycho - Still Life with Eggplant
Spleen Arcana - The Light Beyond the Shades
Cosmograf - Capacitor
Zuffanti - La Quarta Vittima
Anathema - Distant Satellites
IQ - The Road to Bones
Flying Colors - Second Nature
Tim Bowness - Abandoned Dancehall Dreams
United Progressive Fraternity - Fall in Love with the World
Schnauser - Protein For Everyone
Tin Spirits - Scorch
Nick Magnus - N'monix
Engineers - Always Returning
Rhys Marsh - Sentiment
RPWL - Wanted
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror
Stars in Battledress - In Droplet Form
Kaukasus - 'I'
The Samurai of Prog - The Imperial Hotel
The top spot still goes to Sentiment by Rhys Marsh. A quite magnificent album. Faultless in my opinion.
Label of the year without a doubt is Esoteric Antenna. They have released the most distinctive and stylistically broadest albums this year. The quality has been consistently outstanding. Well done to Mark and Vicky Powell.
The annual King Crimson Box Set of the Year Award goes to Starless of course. I do love those boxes but I hope we can get back to having the rest of the studio back catalogue released next year.
That's all for now!