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After last time’s TangentFest, back to a more traditional format this time around, with a roundup of new albums, and my own personal selection of the best European progressive rock of 2005.


1. The Tangent – Codpieces And Capes (12:34) from A Spark In The Aether, 2015

2. Anekdoten – Shooting Star (10:11) from Until All the Ghosts Are Gone, 2015

3. Different Strings – Legacy of War (06:28) from The Sounds of Silence, Pt. II: The Counterfeits, 2015

4. Karibow – Home of Cain (05:21) from Addicted, 2015

5. Steve Hackett – Love Song To A Vampire (09:18) from Wolflight, 2015

6. Sylvium – Altered State (05:47) from Waiting for the Noise, 2015

7. Arena – The Bishop of Lufford (05:24) from The Unquiet Sky, 2015

8. Premiata Forneria Marconi – The Mountain (10:54) from The World, 2015

9. Gavin Harrison – Heartattack in a Lay By (06:00) from Cheating the Polygraph, 2015

10. Porcupine Tree – Heartattack In A Lay By (04:16) from In Absentia, 2002

11. Glass Hammer – Babylon (07:56) from The Breaking Of The World, 2015

12. LordFish – Sol (08:14) from LordFish, 2015

13. Izz - Start Again (07:44) from Everlasting Instant, 2015

14. We Are Kin – The Algorhythm (07:05) from Pandora, 2015

15. North Atlantic Oscillation – Wires (Steven Wilson Remix) (06:14) from Glare, 2015

16. Mandala – Ghizou (07:00) from Midnight Twilight, 2015

17. Magic Pie – Dream Vision (07:51) from Motions Of Desire, 2005

18. Boards Of Canada – Hey Saturday Sun (04:57) from The Campfire Headphase, 2005

19. Beardfish – The Gooberville Ballroom Dancer (06:58) from The Sane Day, 2005

20. Wobbler – Hinterland (27:47) from Hinterland, 2005

21. Kino – Loser’s Day Parade (09:04) from Picture, 2005

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Apr 042015
 
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After the success of the ‘Indulgence Hour’ in the last show I put out a shout on Facebook for everyone to select their favourite song by masters of 21st-century progressive rock, The Tangent. And loads came back, and I got carried away…

So here they all are – a sort of virtual ‘Box Set’, if you like – the fans’ choice of the songs that best represent what The Tangent is about.

The new Tangent album, ‘A Spark In The Aether’ is released on 20th April. When you’ve heard the two songs previewed in this show you’ll want to go and order it, which you can do by clicking here.

Thanks to everyone who took part by choosing their faves, including Andy himself!


1. The Tangent – A Spark In The Aether (04:20) from A Spark In The Aether, 2015

2. The Tangent – Lost in London (08:08) from A Place in the Queue, 2006

3. The Tangent – Lost In London 25 Years Later (07:33) from Not As Good As The Book, 2008

4. The Tangent – Supper’s Off (08:17) from L’Etagere Du Travail, 2013

5. The Tangent – Four Egos, One War (21:15) from Not As Good As The Book, 2008

6. The Tangent – GPS Culture (10:24) from Going Off On One, 2007

.7 The Tangent – The Ethernet (10:13) from Not As Good As The Book, 2008

8. The Tangent – Skipping the Distance (08:55) from The World That We Drive Through, 2004

9. The Tangent – In Earnest (20:04) from A Place in the Queue, 2006

10. The Tangent – Where Are They Now? (20:39) from Going Off On Two, 2011

11. The Tangent – The Canterbury Sequence (08:06) from The Music That Died Alone, 2003

12. The Tangent – The Canterbury Sequence Volume 2. Ethanol Hat Nail (12:54) from Down And Out In Paris And London, 2009

13. The Tangent – Fifth Movement: Evening TV (12:07) from Le Sacre Du Travail, 2013

14. The Tangent – The Celluloid Road (21:37) from A Spark In The Aether, 2015

15. The Tangent – A Crisis In Midlife (07:13) from Not As Good As The Book, 2008

16. The Tangent – Tech Support Guy (05:51) from Comm, 2011

17.  The Tangent – The Sun In My Eyes – Extended Mix (09:12) from A Place in the Queue, 2006

18. The Tangent – Live on Air (21:42) from A Place on the Shelf, 2009

19. The Tangent – Perdu Dans Paris (11:42) from Down And Out In Paris And London, 2009

20. The Tangent – Titanic Calls Carpathia (16:36) from Comm, 2011

21. The Tangent – Hat (01:16) from Le Sacre Du Travail, 2013

22. The Tangent – In Darkest Dreams (20:06) from The Music That Died Alone, 2003

23. The Tangent – The World We Drive Through (12:58) from The World That We Drive Through, 2004

 

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Mar 212015
 
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The Gong Global Family In Concert

Rest in peace Daevid Allen – gone too soon, but leaving an amazing legacy of great music behind him.

Also featuring a sequence from Caravan, and a whole bunch of new releases!


1. Von Hertzen Brothers – New Day Rising (05:31) from New Day Rising, 2015

2. Argos – Not In This Picture (12:33) from A Seasonal Affair, 2015

3. Minimum Vital – Folkish (08:45) from Pavanes, 2015

4. Hasse Fröberg Musical Companion – Can’t Stop The Clock (07:24) from HFMC, 2015

5. Gong – Radio Gnome Invisible (05:33) from Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1: Flying Teapot, 1973

6. Gong – Master Builder (06:20) from Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2: You, 1974

7. Gong – How to Stay Alive (08:06) from 2032, 2009

8. Karnataka – Secrets Of Angels (20:04) from Secrets Of Angels, 2015

9. North Atlantic Oscillation – I Only Have Eyes For You (04:48) from Call Signs, 2009

10. North Atlantic Oscillation - Ritual (07:10) from Grappling Hooks, 2010

11. North Atlantic Oscillation – Soft Coda (04:20) from Fog Electric, 2012

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

13. Firefly Burning – Beloved (05:41) from Skeleton Hill, 2015

14. Unit Wail – Polymorphus The Wise (05:26) from Beyond Space Edges, 2015

15. Nice Beaver – The Time It Takes (06:34) from The Time It Takes, 2015

16. Caravan – Golf Girl (05:01) from In The Land Of Grey And Pink, 1971

17. Caravan – Hoedown (05:58) from Caravan Live at the Fairfield Halls, 1974, 2002

18. Caravan – A Very Smelly Grubby Little Oik/Bobbing Wide/Come On Back/Oik (Reprise) (13:09) from Blind Dog At St. Dunstan’s, 1976

19. Caravan – The Dog, The Dog, He’s At It Again (05:58) from For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night, 1973

20. Caravan – Waterloo Lily (06:50) from Waterloo Lily, 1972

21. Caravan – The Paradise Filter (06:01) from Paradise Filter, 2013

22. Caravan – Nine Feet Underground (22:49) from In The Land Of Grey And Pink, 1971

23. Magic Bus - Jupiter 3 AM (08:37) from Transmission From Sogmore’s Garden, 2014

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Mar 072015
 
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That new PA system proved a little too powerful.

A veritable new release frenzy for the start of March, featuring Steven Wilson (can’t get away from him!). Ciccada and Not A Good Sign. Plenty more great stuff too, though, showing that 2015 is already shaping up to be a great year for progressive rock releases.

In addition, a mini-Canterbury Scene feature, which is never a bad idea!


 

1. Steven Wilson – First Regret/3 Years Older (12:19) from Hand. Cannot. Erase., 2015

2. Ciccada – A Night Ride (06:26) from The Finest of Miracles, 2015

3. Not a Good Sign – Pleasure of Drowning (05:54) from From a Distance, 2015

4. La Coscienza di Zeno – Il Paese Ferito (05:52) from La Notte Anche Di Giorno, 2015

5. We are Kin – Tides Of Midnight (04:55) from Pandora, 2015

6. Ubi Maior - Alchemico Fiammingo (12:58) from Incanti Bio Meccanici, 2015

7. Lauri Porra – The Prisoner (03:06) from Flyover, 2015

8. Grand Tour – The Grand Tour (part 2) (14:26) from Heavy On The Beach, 2015

9. The Unthanks - Mount the Air (10:34) from Mount the Air, 2015

10. Yesterdays – Find Another Light (04:00) from Find Another Light, 2015

11. Mollmaskin – The Long Shadow (04:26) from Heartbreak In ((Stereo)), 2015

12. Magic Bus – Sunflower (03:51) from Transmission From Sogmore’s Garden, 2014

13. Caravan – Winter Wine (07:36) from In The Land Of Grey And Pink, 1971

14. Supersister – Present From Nancy (05:14) from Present From Nancy, 1970

15. Pierre Moerlen’s Gong – Second Wind (06:11) from Second Wind, 1988

16. Ciccada – At the Death of Winter (04:05) from The Finest of Miracles, 2015

17. Not a Good Sign - Going Down (04:19) from From a Distance, 2015

18. Steven Wilson – Hand Cannot Erase (04:17) from Hand. Cannot. Erase., 2015

19. Sky – Hotta (07:48) from Sky 2, 1980

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Feb 212015
 
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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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