Prog's Tracks Of The Week
A little something to help the weekend go that extra mile..
Here's some music that various members of the Prog team have been grooving to this week...
EDITOR - JERRY EWING
SPOCK'S BEARD - WIND AT MY BACK
A finished copy of the new Spock's Beard best of, The First Twenty years landed on my desk today, which drew me to this beautiful track, which always makes my mate Jess blub (to be honest, most things make Jess cry). Here's the band performing the song acoustically at Sherman Oaks in California in September 2002, just before Neal Morse left the band.
DEPUTY EDITOR - HANNAH MAY KILROY
NORDIC GIANTS - RAPTURE
We've just found out here at Prog that the mysterious post-rock duo would be supporting TesseracT on their 2016 UK tour, it reminded me just how good this lush track from their most recent album is. Looking forward to seeing them live next year!
ART EDITOR - RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER
RENDEZVOUS POINT - PARA
if you like the thought of progressive music being huge, emotive and full of the tectonic shifting of musical plates then gather round and give Rendezvous Point a listen. The Norwegian band certainly like to give an epic, expansive feel to their music, evoking a real sense of slow, heavy menace in this track waiting for the stunning release around 4 mins 50 that will leave you pining for the fJords.
NEWS EDITOR - NATASHA SCHARF
SPIRITWO - MESUMAMIM
I first stumbled across experimental band Spiritwo several years ago in London. I was completely hooked by their unpredictable music and bonkers live show. They've been on a break but now they're back with a new single that mixes their eclectic sound with a spiky edge and hints of Bjork and Melt-era Peter Gabriel. I'm really looking forward to seeing them live again in the new year!
REVIEWS EDITOR - GRANT MOON
Guess who didn't get their track selection in on time? And guess who's Welsh?
LIVES EDITOR - MALCOLM DOME
SKY - FIFO
From Sky's second album, this four part mini symphony represents all aspects of what made this band so entrancing. There's the obvious dextrous musicianship, and classical nods, but it also has swathes of funk and hard rock notations, plus occasional Latino daubs and jazz inflections. It always holds your attention.
LIMELIGHT BAND - CASPIAN
"A thrillingly perfect blend of Russian Circles and This Will Destroy You," according to Prog writer Alex Lynham, who wrote about the instrumental post rockers from Beverly, Massachusetts. Here's the band performing live in October of this year...