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Blimey, it’s the first ‘regular’ European Perspective of 2015!

Lots of new albums from the great and the good in progressive rock, including Beardfish, Sylvan and Sanguine Hum, and a preview of the forthcoming anthology from English singer/songwriter, jh, entitled ‘Morning Sun’.


1. jh – The Sky Is Breaking (03:55) from Morning Sun, 2015

2. Billy Bottle & The Multiple - La Belle Époque (04:36) from La Belle Époque, 2015

3. Franck Carducci – Journey Through The Mind (08:00) from Torn Apart, 2015

4. Sanguine Hum – On The Beach (06:07) from Now We Have Light, 2015

5. Simon Steensland - One (13:05) from A Farewell To Brains, 2015

6. Sylvan – Black And White (07:15) from Home, 2014

7. Marco Ragni – Into The Wheel Of Time (09:13) from Mother From The Sun, 2014

8. Alco Frisbass – Escamotage (12:18) from Alco Frisbass, 2015

9. Magma – Vers La Nuit (03:30) from Slag Tanz, 2015

10. jh – Making Tea Is Freedom (18:17) from Morning Sun, 2015

11. Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin (03:49) from The Race For Space, 2015

12. Lonely Robot – The Boy In The Radio (04:52) from Please Come Home, 2015

13. Karda Estra – Strange Relations 3 (09:15) from Strange Relations, 2015

14. Unreal City - Oniromanzia (09:02) from Il Paese del Tramonto, 2015

15. Beardfish - Comfort Zone (09:34) from +4626-COMFORTZONE, 2015

16. Audioplastik – Distant Skies (05:22) from In the Head of a Maniac, 2015

17. jh – Something’s Happening Here (03:28) from Morning Sun, 2015

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Jan 172015
 
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The redoubtable Matt Stevens is my guest on The European Perspective this week. In an extended interview we talk about how 2014 was for him, the joys of being one of the most requested guest artists in progressive rock, and the differing roles music has played in young people’s lives over the years. We generally end up sounding like a pair of old farts, which is ironic as Matt is a good ten years younger than your presenter!

There’s also plenty of samples of Matt’s own music, as well as choice nuggets from his session work for Cosmograf and Emmett Elvin.

No playlist this week – just sit back, listen, and enjoy! It’s a lot shorter than usual…

 

 

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Jan 042015
 
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The stage is set…the lights are dimmed….it’s time for the European Perspective 2014 Awards! Featuring the top twenty albums of the year, as voted for by ALL OF EUROPE*, and Critics’ special awards. Recorded in front of a packed Wembley Arena!^

* This may not be strictly true

^ Neither may this


20 .Rumour Cubes – Research and Destroy (05:13) from Appearances of Collections, 2014
19. Tony Patterson and Brendan Eyre – I Dare To Dream (05:24) from Northlands, 2014
18. Stop Motion Orchestra – Car Chase (03:21) from Instant Everything!, 2014
17. Moetar – Letting Go Of Life (04:47) from Entropy of the Century, 2014

Best Progressive Rock Festival – Resonance
Änglagård – Jordrök (12:48) from Prog På Svenska – Live In Japan, 2014
The Fierce And The Dead – Chief (06:04) from Spooky Action, 2013
Bigelf – Alien Frequency (04:15) from Into the Maelstrom , 2014

16. Schnauser – Split (04:08) from Protein for Everyone, 2014
15. Seven Impale – Extraction (06:35) from City of the Sun, 2014
14. Heliopolis – New Frontier (10:09) from City Of The Sun, 2014

Best Record Label – Bad Elephant Music
Simon Godfrey – God Help Me If I’m Wrong (03:26) from Motherland, 2014
Emmett Elvin – Where Do You Think You’re Going? (05:19) from Bloody Marvels, 2014
Trojan Horse – World Turned Upside Down (06:03) from World Turned Upside Down, 2014
The Gift – Walk Into The Water (06:20) from Land of Shadows, 2014

13. Kant Freud Kafka – Antítesis (16:03) from No tengas miedo, 2014
12. The Andy Tillison Multiplex – 3rd Movement: Ostinato (Shown) (06:50) from Electric Sinfonia 2, 2014
11. Opeth – Cusp Of Eternity (05:37) from Pale Communion, 2014

The ‘Should Have Known Better’ Awards (sponsored by Des O’Connor)
Mike Oldfield – Sailing (04:46) from Man on the Rocks, 2014
Yes – Believe Again (08:02) from Heaven & Earth, 2014
Pink Floyd – Side 4, Pt. 4: Louder Than Words (06:37) from The Endless River, 2014

Best Yes Album, 2014
Druckfarben – An Answer Dreaming (06:59) from Second Sound, 2014

Best Mike Oldfield Album, 2014
Robert Reed – Part 1 (20:41) from Sanctuary, 2014

Best Pink Floyd Album, 2014
Bjorn Riis – Disappear (06:27) from Lullabies In A Car Crash, 2014

10. Knifeworld – Destroy The World We Love (06:05) from The Unravelling, 2014
9. Cheeto’s Magazine – Octopus Soup (06:53) from Boiling Fowls, 2014
8. A Secret River – Blinding Light (06:00) from Colours of Solitude, 2014

Best UK Live Performance
Moon Safari – A Kid Called Panic (15:56) from Live in Mexico, 2014
Snarky Puppy – Jambone (05:07) from We Like It Here, 2014

7. Lazuli – Une pente qu’on dévale (05:12) from Tant que l’herbe est grasse, 2014
6. Phish – Fuego (09:15) from Fuego, 2014
5. Tin Spirits – Little Eyes (08:26) from Scorch, 2014

Best Reissue
Yes – The Gates Of Delirium (21:59) from Relayer – 2014 Stereo Mixes, 2014

4. Cosmograf – The Drover (06:37) from Capacitor, 2014
3. Abel Ganz – Unconditional (14:05) from Abel Ganz, 2014
2. Matt Stevens – Coulrophobia (03:24) from Lucid, 2014
1. North Atlantic Oscillation – Dust (07:28) from The Third Day, 2014

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Dec 262014
 
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Hope everyone had a good Christmas! Here to take you through to New Year and beyond – the final installment of The European Perspective’s review of 2014.

1. North Atlantic Oscillation – August (04:38) from The Third Day, 2014

2. Pendragon – Faces of Light (05:50) from Men Who Climb Mountains, 2014

3. Trojan Horse – Scuttle (08:07) from World Turned Upside Down, 2014

4. Lunatic Soul – Cold (06:58) from Walking on a Flashlight Beam, 2014

5. Regal Worm – The King Of Sleep (18:34) from Neither Use Nor Ornament (A Small Collection Of Big Suites), 2014

6. Kant Freud Kafka – Dama (12:34) from No Tengas Miedo, 2014

7. Gandalf’s Fist – Drifter on the Edge of Time (06:38) from A Forest of Fey, 2014

8. Stewart Bell - The Breach (05:20) from The Antechamber of Being (Part 1), 2014

9. Dropshard – Cell 342 (08:44) from Silk, 2014

10. Kayak – She Came She Saw She Conquered (05:09) from Cleopatra The Crown Of Isis, 2014

11. HeKz – The Left Hand Of God (05:08) from Caerus, 2014

12. United Progressive Fraternity – The Water (05:22) from Fall In Love With The World, 2014

13. Gong – When God Shakes Hands with Devil (05:36) from I See You, 2014

14. Kaipa – Unique When We Fall (05:18) from Sattyg, 2014

15. Fractal Mirror – The Hive (05:33) from Garden Of Ghosts, 2014

16. Pink Floyd – Side 2 – Sum/Skins/Unsung/Anisina (11:49) from The Endless River, 2014

17. Luna Rossa – Flowers in My Hair (05:36) from Secrets & Lies, 2014

18. Arcade Messiah – Your Best Line Of Defence Is Obscurity (06:48) from Arcade Messiah, 2014

19. Tony Patterson and Brendan Eyre – Northbound (24:04) from Northlands, 2014

20. Harvest – Northern Wind (04:02) from Northern Wind, 2014

21. Orchestre Celesti – Gentlemen (06:54) from The Court Of Miracles Vol.1, 2014

22. Pallas – Harvest Moon (07:19) from wearewhoweare, 2014

23. Moongarden – Barbiturates Gentleman (07:14) from Voyeur, 2014

24. Tiger Moth Tales – Tigers In The Butter (14:55) from Cocoon, 2014

25. Dave Kerzner – My Old Friend (05:27) from New World, 2014

26. Salem Hill – Float (09:10) from The Unseen Cord, 2014

27. Demians – Little Invisible (03:52) from Mercury, 2014

28. Mike Kershaw – An Ordinary Poison (5:27) from Departure, 2014

29. Echo Tail - Divisions (04:27) from Hold The Throne, 2014

30. The Andy Tillison Multiplex – 5th Movement: Con Brio (15:07) from Electric Sinfonia 2, 2014

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Dec 202014
 
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The third part of our review of the excellent music released in 2014. Also includes a track from THAT Yes album.

1. Abel Ganz – Obsolescence (23:23) from Abel Ganz, 2014

2. Midge Ure – Are We Connected (04:52) from Fragile, 2014

3. Stop Motion Orchestra – Little Smiles (05:24) from Instant Everything!, 2014

4. FreddeGredde – This Fragile Existence (05:50) from Brighter Skies, 2014

5. Knifeworld – The Skulls We Buried Have Regrown Their Eyes (04:45) from The Unravelling, 2014

6. Manning – Icarus And Me (04:54) from Akoustik 2, 2014

7. Unto Us – Boy (09:20) from The Human Landscape, 2014

8. Yes – Step Beyond (05:34) from Heaven & Earth, 2014

9. Det Skandaløse Orkester – Skandale Instrumentale 1 (05:21) from No Har De Leget Skandale Igjeni, 2014

10. Rumour Cubes – A Homecoming (06:40) from Appearances of Collections, 2014

11. Robert Reed – Part 2 (18:09) from Sanctuary, 2014

12. Neal Morse – My Time Of Dying (04:37) from Songs From November, 2014

13. Hemina – Lust (05:48) from Nebulae, 2014

14. Moetar - Friday Night Dreams (04:06) from Entropy of the Century, 2014

15. Introitus – You Will Always Be My Girl (06:30) from Anima, 2014

16. Opeth – River (07:34) from Pale Communion, 2014

17. Heliopolis – Elegy (06:05) from City Of The Sun, 2014

18. The Samurai Of Prog – Limoncello (07:57) from The Imperial Hotel, 2014

19. Multifuse – Forever Blue (06:34) from Harmony of Opposites, 2014

20. Seven Impale – Eschaton Horo (08:30) from City of the Sun, 2014

21. The Tea Party – The Maker (04:12) from The Ocean at the End, 2014

22. Amplifier – Open Up (06:16) from Mystoria, 2014

23. Frequency Drift - Midnight (06:02) from Summer, 2014

24. iamthemorning – Gerda (04:52) from Belighted, 2014

25. The Pineapple Thief – Magnolia (03:48) from Magnolia, 2014

26. Emmett Elvin – Two Tree Island Drowning (04:31) from Bloody Marvels, 2014

27. Steve Rothery – Old Man of the Sea (feat. Steve Hackett & Steven Wilson) (11:43) from The Ghosts of Pripyat, 2014

28. Flying Colors – Bombs Away (05:02) from Second Nature, 2014

29. Schnauser – Split (04:08) from Protein for Everyone, 2014

30. Tin Spirits – Garden State (15:08) from Scorch, 2014

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Dec 132014
 
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The second part of The European Perspective review of 2014, featuring albums released between March and June.

1. Cheeto’s Magazine – Nova America (25:25) from Boiling Fowls, 2014

2. The Gift – The Willows (12:01) from Land of Shadows, 2014

3. Froskull - Report From Ganymede (04:00) from Froskull, 2014

4. A Big Goodbye - The Other Side (05:10) from History in Rewind, 2014

5. IQ - The Road Of Bones (08:33) from The Road Of Bones, 2014

6. Ian Anderson – After These Wars (04:29) from Homo Erraticus, 2014

7. Delusion Squared – Finally Free (06:42) from The Final Delusion, 2014

8. Nick Magnus – Eminent Victorians (07:02) from N’Monix, 2014

9. Cast - The Old Travel Book (09:08) from Arsis, 2014

10. Kaukasus – Lift The Memory (08:54) from I, 2014

11. The Rube Goldberg Machine – Man Of Glass (04:19) from Fragile Times, 2014

12. moheir - Heisenberg (04:12) from A Rough Soundrack, 2014

13. Karfagen – Yuletide (05:31) from Magician’s Theater, 2014

14. Syd Arthur - Hometown Blues (03:48) from Sound Mirror, 2014

15. Anubis – Hitchhiking to Byzantium (09:39) from Hitchhiking to Byzantium, 2014

16. Iluvatar – Resolution (07:03) from From The Silence, 2014

17. Mostly Autumn – Skin on Skin (05:54) from Dressed in Voices, 2014

18. Nathan Mahl - Spirit (08:30) from Justify, 2014

19. Cosmograf - The Reaper’s Song (05:54) from Capacitor, 2014

20. Umphrey’s McGee - No Diablo (04:13) from Similar Skin, 2014

21. Stars In Battledress – Hollywood Says So (04:27) from In Droplet Form, 2014

22. D Project – What Is Real (05:24) from Making Sense, 2014

23. Phish – The Line (05:22) from Fuego, 2014

24. Tim Bowness – Songs Of Distant Summers (05:02) from Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, 2014

25. A Secret River - Are You Coming With Me (05:15) from Colours of Solitude, 2014

26. Cloud Atlas – Journey’s End (08:50) from Beyond the Vale, 2014

27. Active Heed – The Numbers Of God (05:34) from Higher Dimensions, 2014

28. Minor Giant – Hand In Hand (06:33) from On the Road, 2014

29. The Gift – The Comforting Cold (19:39) from Land of Shadows, 2014

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Dec 072014
 
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The first part of The European Perspective’s review of 2014.

1. Transatlantic – Black as the Sky (06:46) from Kaleidoscope, 2014

2. Univers Zéro – Tres Affables (07:31) from Phosphorescent Dreams, 2014

3. Autumn Electric – Israel’s Curtains (04:46) from Flowers For Ambrosia, 2014

4. Major Parkinson – Twilight Cinema (05:41) from Twilight Cinema, 2014

5. Dream the Electric Sleep – Utopic (06:38) from Heretics, 2014

6. Lee Abraham – Distant Days (06:40) from Distant Days, 2014

7. Perfect Beings - Program Kid (04:39) from Perfect Beings, 2014

8. Syndone - Ade (05:01) from Odysseas, 2014

9. Frequency Drift – Midnight (06:02) from Summer, 2014

10. Jeff Green Project – Elder Creek (05:09) from Elder Creek, 2014

11. A.C.T. – A Truly Gifted Man (06:45) from Circus Pandemonium, 2014

12. Phoenix Again – Oigres (06:20) from Look Out, 2014

13. Snarky Puppy – What About Me (06:42) from We Like It Here, 2014

14. Simon Godfrey – Dust and Wires (04:02) from Motherland, 2014

15. Bigelf - Alien Frequency (04:15) from Into the Maelstrom , 2014

16. Glass Hammer - Crowbone (07:26) from Ode to Echo, 2014

17. Lazuli – Déraille (04:36) from Tant que l’herbe est grasse, 2014

18. Druckfarben – Dandelion (05:06) from Second Sound, 2014

19. Hibernal - The Streets in Darkness (05:17) from Replacements, 2014

20. Gazpacho - Death Room (18:47) from Demon, 2014

21. Messenger – The Perpetual Glow Of A Setting Sun (05:57) from Illusory Blues, 2014

22. Elephants of Scotland – Amber Waves (08:14) from Execute and Breathe, 2014

23. John Bassett – Pantomime (05:43) from Unearth, 2014

24. Alex Carpani – Sky And Sea (13:53) from 4 Destinies, 2014

25. Matt Stevens - The Bridge (11:50) from Lucid, 2014

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