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rec.music.progressive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Part 8/8


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A question is sometimes put thusly:

"I used to be into progressive music in the 70s and was a big
Yes/Crimson/ELP/etc. fan. I've heard there is a "revival" of sorts
going on. My question is, "Point me at some good contemporary
progressive music"."

This is a very important and valuable question to ask as it is the
basis of a developing taste. So, obviously it is also a valuable
question to answer. Just the sort of thing for a FAQ. Of course, this
FAQ is going to change a lot because music has an annoying habit of
being regularly released. Usually at a tempo permanently one-step
ahead of the trickle of pay into your bank. Anyway, this FAQ will
take the form of an alphabetical listing of contemporary progressive
music that it is recommend you try if you are interested in the way
things currently stand. Naturally, this list cannot be exhaustive and
will probably fall short of even being broadly representative but it
is intended to encapsulate the core of recommended new music that
people on r.m.pdiscuss. Each artist is classified by style. This is
not a hard and fast classification but has been based on the
guidelines in FAQ 4. Its purpose is to orient you around the common
colloquialisms that pervade talk about this sort of music on the net
and elsewhere

There are a few major flowerings of what falls under the umbrella of
progressive music today. The last few years has seen an explosion of
high quality fusion/RIO from Japan, symphonic music from Sweden, rock
from the USA and experimental/RIO from the UK and Europe. All are
areas well worth looking into. Below, you will find recommendations
for recordings from all of these areas.

Many thanks to Pete Thelen (ptlk@netcom.com) and Steve Feigenbaum
(cuneiway@aol.com) for much help in creating this FAQ. Thanks also to
Dan Barrett (barrett@cs.umass.edu). Gentlemen all.

::Artist::
  After Dinner
::Country::
  Japan
::Style::
  RIO
::Comments::
  Light, airy vocals mixed with equally light music that can get
  surprisingly intense at times. Japanese, but not comparable to most
  of the other Japanese bands on this list.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  nglagrd
::Country::
  Sweden
::Style::
  Symphonic
::Recommendations::
  *Epilog*
::Comments::
  Surprisingly underivative for a symphonic band in the 90s. highly
  acclaimed by even those hardened due to the degeneracy of the
  symphonic field in recent years.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Anekdoten
::Country::
  Sweden
::Style::
  Rock/Symphonic
::Recommendations::
  *vemod*, *Nucleus*
::Comments::
  Sound very much like *Red* era King Crimson. Very popular on r.m.p.
  Derivative but good nevertheless.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Arsnova
::Country::
  Japan
::Style::
  Symphonic
::Recommendations::
  *Transi*
::Comments::
  Keyboard driven instrumental female trio.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Asgard
::Country::
  Italy
::Style::
  Rock/Symphonic/Neo-Progressive
::Recommendations::
  *Arkana*, *Imago Mundi*
::Comments::
  Five piece, English vocals, Hammill/Dream Theater influence.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Fusion (do not be fooled by the banjo!)
::Recommendations::
  *Flight of the Cosmic Hippo*
::Comments::
  Truly unique combination of banjo, bass, harmonica, and synth
  drums.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Il Berlione
::Country::
  Japan
::Style::
  Fusion/RIO
::Recommendations::
  *Il Berlione*, *In 453 minutes infernal cooking*
::Comments::
  Eclectic fusion with ethnic Japanese touches. Occasional startling
  moments of complexity.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Biota
::Country::
  UK/USA
::Style::
  RIO/Experimental
::Recommendations::
  *Object Holder*
::Comments::
  Quite difficult, thick, innovative multi-instrument music with
  electronics

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Neo-Classical
::Recommendations::
  *Fossil Record*, *Dancing On A'A*

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Cardiacs
::Country::
  UK
::Style::
  Rock
::Recommendations::
  *Songs for Ships and Irons*
::Comments::
  The word "quirky" was invented for them.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Collage
::Country::
  Poland
::Style::
  Symphonic/Neo-Progressive
::Recommendations::
  *Moonshine*
::Comments::
  Very lush and modern symphonic. English vocals.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Deus ex Machina
::Country::
  Italy
::Style::
  Rock/Fusion/Experimental
::Recommendations::
  *De Republica*
::Comments::
  Sound like a 1990s Area. Superb vocals.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Devil Doll
::Country::
  Italy
::Style::
  Symphonic
::Recommendations::
  *Sacreligium*
::Comments::
  Atmospheric gothic soundtrack collage.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Djam Karet
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Rock/Experimental
::Recommendations::
  *Suspension and Displacement*, *Reflections From the Firepool*
::Comments::
  They do two very different things: poweful rock and moody
  experimental electronics. *Reflections* is a mix of both.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Dr Nerve
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Rock/RIO/Experimental
::Recommendations::
  *Skin*
::Comments::
  Very complex, powerful and highly unique. Almost metal in places.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Echolyn
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Symphonic/Neo-progressive
::Recommendations::
  *As The World*
::Comments::
  Song oriented, much vocals, complex.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Garden Wall
::Country::
  Italy
::Style::
  Symphonic/Rock
::Recommendations::
  *Path of Dreams*
::Comments::
  Hammill influenced English vocals, metal influenced guitar.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Halloween
::Country::
  France
::Style::
  Rock/Symphonic
::Recommendations::
  *Merlin*

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Happy Family
::Country::
  Japan
::Style::
  Rock/Zeuhl
::Recommendations::
  *Happy Family*
::Comments::
  Quite unique zeuhl rock. Reminiscent of Magma and Tipographica.
  Much power.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Hecenia
::Country::
  France
::Style::
  Symphonic
::Recommendations::
  *Le Couleur De Feu*
::Comments::
  Very symphonic instrumental four piece, complex at times.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Iconoclasta
::Country::
  Mexico
::Style::
  Classic Progressive
::Recommendations::
  *De Todos Uno*
::Comments::
  Classic Italian 70's sound.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Ie Rai Shan
::Country::
  Japan
::Style::
  Symphonic Prog
::Recommendations::
  *Ie Rai Shan*
::Comments::
  Lush symphonic rock, female vocalist (Japanese).

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Kalaban
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Rock
::Recommendations::
  *Resistance is Useless*
::Comments::
  Solid accessible progressive rock.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Keneally, Mike
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Rock/Jazz/Bizarre
::Recommendations::
  *Hat*
::Comments::
  Former Zappa guitarist plays chaotic, intelligent tunes.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Lacrymosa
::Country::
  Japan
::Style::
  Experimental/Rock/RIO
::Recommendations::
  *Joy of the Wrecked Ship*
::Comments::
  Unique composed instrumentals. Very challenging.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Landberk
::Country::
  Sweden
::Style::
  Symphonic/Rock
::Recommendations::
  *Lonely Land*, *One Man Tells Another*
::Comments::
  Very moody accessible 70s sound in the 90s.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Mastermind
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Rock/Symphonic
::Recommendations::
  *Brainstorm*, *Tragic Symphony*
::Comments::
  Powerful guitar driven progressive rock.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Mind Gallery
::Country::
  Canada
::Style::
  Rock
::Recommendations::
  *Guilty Until Proven Rich*
::Comments::
  Challenging but accessible progressive rock.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Minimum Vital
::Country::
  France
::Style::
  Progressive Rock
::Recommendations::
  *La Source*, *Sarabandes*
::Comments::
  Canterbury & folk influenced, very original. Some vocals.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Miriodor
::Country::
  Canada
::Style::
  Neo-Classical Rock/Progressive/RIO
::Recomendations::
  *Third Warning*
::Comments::
  Some similarities to Univers Zero with jazz seasoning.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Moorefield, Virgil
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Jazz Rock/RIO/Progressive
::Recommendations::
  *Distractions On The Way To The Kings Party*
::Comments::
  Multi-guitar based rock with reed & horn section.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Nurse With Wound
::Country::
  UK
::Style::
  Experimental
::Recommendations::
  *Thunder Perfect Mind*, *Rock 'n' Roll Station*
::Comments::
  Premier experimentalists. Can be very difficult and powerful.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Ozric Tentacles
::Country::
  UK
::Style::
  Psychedelic prog-rock
::Recommendations::
  *Arborescence*, *Strangeitude*
::Comments::
  Like instrumental Hillage era Gong.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Philharmonie
::Country::
  France
::Style::
  Rock/?
::Recommendations::
  *Les Elephants Carilloneurs*, *Nord*
::Comments::
  Fripp influenced guitar trio, but better compositions than C.G.T or
  L.O.C.G.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Phish
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Rock/Jazz/Fusion/Humor
::Recommendations::
  *Junta*, *A Picture of Nectar*
::Comments::
  Mixes many musical styles into an original, virtuosic whole.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Porcupine Tree
::Country::
  UK
::Style::
  Psychedelic Prog
::Recommendations::
  *The Sky Moves Sideways*
::Comments::
  Neo-psych with Pink Floyd touches.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Solstice
::Country::
  UK
::Style::
  Symphonic folk-prog
::Recommendations::
  *New Life*
::Comments::
  Similar to It's A Beautiful Day, Renaissance, female vocals.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Thinking Plague
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  RIO
::Recommendations::
  *In This Life*
::Comments::
  Brilliant extended songs with unique rock twist.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Tipographica
::Country::
  Japan
::Style::
  Fusion/RIO
::Recommendations::
  *Tipographica*
::Comments::
  Intelligent, complex virtuosity with jazz touches. Incredible.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  U Totem
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  RIO - extended songs
::Recommendations::
  *U Totem*
::Comments::
  Long, eclectic extended songs. "The closest thing to Henry Cow in
  complexity ... world class playing & singing ... there is nothing
  else like this now." -Chris Cutler.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Watkins, Kit
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  Ambient/Rock - very diverse
::Recommendations::
  *Holographic Tapestries*

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  White Willow
::Country::
  Norway
::Style::
  Symphonic
::Recommendations::
  *Ignus Faatus*
::Comments::
  Combines symphonic progressive & folkier elements in a fresh way.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  Xaal
::Country::
  France
::Style::
  Zeuhl/Fusion/Rock
::Recommendations::
  *On the Way*, *Seconde Era*
::Comments::
  Rock with fascinating zeuhl influence.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Artist::
  5UU's
::Country::
  USA
::Style::
  RIO/Rock - extended songs
::Recommendations::
  *Hunger's Teeth*
::Comments::
  Very different, original rock with much experimentalism. A highly
  regarded modern classic.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This FAQ is maintained by Phil Kime(Phil.Kime@ed.ac.uk). Comments,
questions, and criticisms are positively always welcome.  This text
was taken in part from the previous versions of this FAQ, which were
maintained by Scott McMahan, and Mike Borella. The FAQs were brought
into being originally through the sterling efforts of Malcolm Humes.
Many thanks go to all of these gentlemen for their excellent work.
-- 
=                    Phil Kime (Phil.Kime@ed.ac.uk)                   =
=             Centre for Cognitive Science/Dept of Philosophy         =
=                         University of Edinburgh                     =

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