Aug 072016
 
Play
Finally - proof that The Amazing Wilf is a puppet controlled by evil progressive rock reviewer, Martin Hutchinson.

Finally – proof that The Amazing Wilf is a puppet controlled by evil progressive rock reviewer, Martin Hutchinson.

Loadsa stuff – brilliant music, more additions to the Beginner’s Guide, and Martin and I waffle on about, well, progressive rock, mostly.


Thank You Scientist – Mr. Invisible (07:36) from Stranger Heads Prevail, 2016
Project RnL – Another One (07:09) from Internet Releases, 2016
Doracor – La Terra Tra Le Nuvole (07:34) from Passioni Postmoderne Di Un Musicista Errante…, 2016
Ben Craven – The Remarkable Man (05:01) from Last Chance To Hear, 2016
Jazz Q – Staresina (05:50) from Talisman, 2016
French TV – Gee, I Wish We Had One’a Them Doomsday Machines (07:44) from Ambassadors Of Good Health And Clean Living, 2016
Herd Of Instinct – Dybbuk (06:08) from Manifestation, 2016

Progradar’s Picks
The Pineapple Thief
– In Exile (05:13) from Your Wilderness, 2016
Shearwater – Pale Kings (04:13) from Jet Plane And Oxbow, 2016
Circuline – Who I Am (08:19) from Counterpoint, 2016

The Rube Goldberg Machine – The Captain’s Blackjack (03:36) from Fragile Times, 2016
N.y.X. – The Paper (Titles & Subtitles) (05:25) from The News, 2016
Nine Stones Close – Lie (09:58) from Leaves, 2016
Bent Knee – Leak Water (04:41) from Say So, 2016
Different Light – All for You (04:26) from The Burden of Paradise, 2016
Not a Good Sign – Flying Over Cities (05:02) from From A Distance, 2015

Beginner’s Guide To Progressive Rock
Genesis
– The Cinema Show (10:41) from Selling England by the Pound, 1973
Pendragon – Oh Divineo (06:50) from The Jewel, 1985
Dream Theater – Beyond This Life (11:23) from Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From A Memory, 1999
Big Big Train – Victorian Brickwork (12:33) from The Underfall Yard, 2009
Echolyn – Past Gravity (07:11) from echolyn, 2012

Anima Mundi – Lone Rider (07:22) from I Me Myself, 2016
Syndone – Duro come la morte (05:54) from Eros & Thanatos, 2016
Motorpsycho – Lacuna/Sunrise (09:47) from Here Be Monsters, 2016
Yugen – As It Was (04:59) from Death By Water, 2016
Alex Carpani – Crystal Falls (06:08) from So Close. So Far, 2016
Cosmograf – The Uniform Road (07:20) from The Unreasonable Silence, 2016
Tony Patterson – Pilgrim (05:21) from Equations of Meaning, 2016
Rikard Sjöblom – Under Northern Skies (Villemo’s Song) (07:43) from The Unbendable Sleep, 2016
Profuna Ocean – Ghost (05:10) from In Vacuum, 2016
Mike Keneally – Roll (06:23) from Scambot 2, 2016
Big Hogg – Duke of Shakespeare Street (04:00) from Big Hogg, 2015
Moetar – Where The Truth Lies (04:50) from Entropy of the Century, 2014
Gandalf’s Fist – The Bewildering Conscience of a Clockwork Child (10:21) from The Clockwork Fable, 2016

 Posted by at 9:27 am
Jul 302016
 
Play

12715536_915329555231901_7920092123623687706_n

The European Perspective returns to the legendary desert island, this time leaving British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jon Hunt (a.k.a. jh) as the castaway. Jon joined me at The Landing to play tracks from the ten albums he’d take for his stay, as well as music and life in general.

There’s also the return of our two new regular features – the Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock, and Progradar‘s Picks, this time with Mr. Hutchinson participating in the show. Groovy times!

Check out Jon’s web site, and sample and buy his music at the Bad Elephant Music store. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 8:49 am
Jul 232016
 
Play
"Cheer up, Spock, it's The European Perspective!" "Captain, you can't see where the Klingon has got his hand, can you?"

“Cheer up, Spock, it’s The European Perspective!”
“Captain, you can’t see where the Klingon has got his hand, can you?”

In a desperate attempt to revive a flagging format we have three new innovations in this new European Perspective – the first part of A Beginner’s Guide To Progressive Rock, a focus on one particular European country (this time around it’s France) and Progradar’s Picks, three songs chosen by reviewing maestro Martin Hutchinson.

…but really, it’s a bunch of music…


1. The Tea Club – The Magnet (06:07) from Grappling, 2015
2. Karmakanic – Higher Ground (10:12) from DOT, 2016
3. TCP (Temporal Chaos Project) – Impetus (09:43) from Temporal Chaos, 2016
4. Ghost Medicine – Desert Spring (08:54) from Discontinuance, 2016

Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock
5. Yes – Siberian Khatru (09:11) from Close To The Edge, 1972
6. Marillion – Garden Party (07:20) from Script For A Jester’s Tear, 1983
7. Anglagard – Kung Bore (13:04) from Hybris, 1992
8. Porcupine Tree – Gravity Eyelids (07:57) from In Absentia, 2002
9. Haken – Cockroach King (08:15) from The Mountain, 2013

The French Connection – I
10. Nemo – Coma (12:46) from Coma, 2015
11. Alco Frisbass – Pas A Pas (06:42) from Alco Frisbass, 2015
12. Lazuli – Les malveillants (07:20) from [4603 Battements], 2011

13. Elephant Plaza – Paralyzed (07:16) from Momentum, 2016
14. Ghost Community – Blue December Morning (07:02) from Cycle of Life, 2016
15. Il Castello di Atlante – Il Tempo Del Grande Onore (07:52) from Arx Atlantis, 2016

Progradar’s Picks
16. Tilt – Growing Colder (06:26) from Hinterland, 2016
17. Mary Reynaud – Sad For Nothing (04:01) from Make It Together, 2016
18. Matt Stevens – Big Sky (06:00) from Archive, 2016

The French Connection – II
19. Drama – Smoke (07:08) from Stigmata of Change, 2005
20. Saens – Requiem (11:28) from Escaping from the Hands of God, 2001
21. Sensitive To Light – Real World (07:41) from From The Ancient World, 2007

22. VII Strada – Ombre Cinesi (09:31) from Babylon, 2016
23. Thence – Abundance (06:59) from We Are Left with a Song, 2016
24. Amoeba Split – Those Fading Hours (08:35) from Second Split, 2016
25. Nine Stones Close – Lie (09:58) from Leaves, 2016

 

 Posted by at 4:59 pm
Jul 092016
 
Play
"This new Frost* album is great!" "No idea. I'm just a ridiculous stereotype"

“This new Frost* album is great!”
“No idea. I’m just a ridiculous stereotype”

On this week’s show:

  1. A.C.T – Mr. Landlord (04:37) from Trifles And Pandemonium, 2016
  2. Radiohead – Burn The Witch (03:59) from A Moon Shaped Pool, 2016
  3. The Pineapple Thief – No Man’s Land (04:22) from Your Wilderness, 2016
  4. Mike Kershaw – Wounds (04:45) from What Lies Beneath, 2016
  5. Ad Maiora – Torba (07:52) from Repetita Iuvant, 2016
  6. Akt – Convoglio (05:50) from II (Binario), 2016
  7. Il Castello di Atlante – Il Vecchio Giovane (09:12) from Arx Atlantis, 2016
  8. Hostsonaten – The Ascension (05:54) from Symphony #1: Cupid & Psyche, 2016
  9. Nine Stones Close – Traces (07:20) from Traces, 2010
  10. Nine Stones Close – One Eye On The Sunrise (12:09) from One Eye On The Sunrise, 2012
  11. Nine Stones Close – Leaves (13:45) from Leaves, 2016
  12. Area 11 – Watchmaker (04:10) from Modern Synthesis, 2016
  13. CIRCA – Silent Resolve (14:41) from Valley Of The Windmill, 2016
  14. Freedom To Glide – Enigma (08:03) from Fall, 2016
  15. Frost* – Black Light Machine (10:05) from Milliontown, 2006
  16. Frost* – Saline (06:09) from Experiments in Mass Appeal, 2008
  17. Frost* – Towerblock (06:14) from Falling Satellites, 2016
  18. Cyril – Remember Me (10:22) from Paralyzed, 2016
  19. Farmhouse Odyssey – Brain Song (06:10) from Rise of the Waterfowl, 2016
  20. Utopianisti – A Hundred Rabbits (05:03) from The Third Frontier, 2016
  21. Steve Hackett – The Steppes (06:05) from Defector, 1980
  22. Steve Hackett – The Virgin and the Gypsy (04:30) from Spectral Mornings, 1979
  23. Steve Hackett – Star of Sirius (07:08) from Voyage of the Acolyte, 1975
  24. Steve Hackett – Racing In A (05:06) from Please Don’t Touch!, 1978
  25. Different Light – In the Grand Scheme of Things (22:23) from The Burden of Paradise, 2016
  26. Perspectives Of A Circle – The Maze of a Mask (06:54) from Masks, Faces, Whispers, 2015
  27. Focus – Inalta (05:36) from 8.5 Beyond the Horizon, 2016
  28. Robert Reed – Marimba (Chimpan A Remix) (05:04) from Sanctuary II, 2016
  29. We Are Kin – …that one day…we’ll have to say…goodbye (05:51) from …and I know…, 2016
  30. Frost* – The Dividing Line (16:43) from The Philadelphia Experiment, 2010
 Posted by at 4:03 pm
Jul 022016
 
Play

awards-16-logo

Part Two of our rundown of the nominations for the Progressive Music Awards 2016 – this time it’s the Vanguard, Live Event and Best Band/Artist categories.

Now that you’ve heard all the bands, visit the Awards website to cast your votes!

Vanguard

  1. Knifeworld – High / Aflame (06:29) from Bottled Out Of Eden, 2016
  2. Bent Knee – EVE (09:12) from Say So, 2016
  3. Shearwater – Filaments (06:10) from Jet Plane And Oxbow, 2016
  4. Earthside – A Dream In Static (07:36) from A Dream in Static, 2015
  5. The Fierce And The Dead – Palm Trees (04:00) from Magnet, 2015
  6. iamthemorning – Clear Clearer (04:35) from Lighthouse, 2016
  7. Caligula’s Horse – Rust (05:32) from Bloom, 2015
  8. Lazuli – Chaussures À Nos Pieds (05:56) from Nos Âmes Saoules, 2016
  9. The Mute Gods – In The Crosshairs (03:19) from Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, 2016
  10. IO Earth – Redemption (05:56) from New World, 2015

Anthem

  1. The Neal Morse Band – The Grand Experiment (05:31) from The Grand Experiment, 2015
  2. Big Big Train – Victorian Brickwork (live at Kings Place) (13:30) from Stone & Steel, 2016
  3. Rush – Natural Science (Live R40 Tour) (08:32) from R40 Live, 2015
  4. David Gilmour – Fat Old Sun (06:40) from Live in Gdansk, 2008
  5. The Red Monarchs – Red (06:47) from Some Live Album Or Other, 2016
  6. Dream Theater – The Gift Of Music (04:00) from The Astonishing, 2016
  7. Steven Wilson – Luminol (12:19) from Get All You Deserve, 2012
  8. Camel – A Song Within A Song (07:10) from A Live Record, 2002
  9. Opeth – The Baying Of The Hounds (10:41) from Ghost Reveries, 2005
  10. Spock’s Beard – The Center Line (07:05) from The Oblivion Particle, 2015

Album of the Year

  1. Steven Wilson – My Book of Regrets (09:36) from 4.5, 2016
  2. Between the Buried and Me – Option Oblivion (04:22) from Coma Ecliptic, 2016
  3. Dream Theater – Behind the Veil (06:53) from Dream Theater, 2013
  4. Frost* – Numbers (04:22) from Falling Satellites, 2016
  5. Riverside – Under the Pillow (06:47) from Love, Fear and the Time Machine, 2015
  6. Messenger – Calyx (06:34) from Threnodies, 2016
  7. Haken – 1985 (09:09) from Affinity, 2016
  8. TesseracT – Hexes (05:18) from Polaris, 2015
  9. Big Big Train – Folklore (07:31) from Folklore, 2016
  10. The Red Monarchs – The Court Of The Crimson King (07:18) from Some Live Album Or Other, 2016
 Posted by at 2:37 pm
Jun 262016
 
Play

awards-16-logo

It’s that time of year again, when you get to vote for your favourite album, band, up and coming act etc. in the Progressive Music Awards, run by Prog Magazine. In this and the next episode of The European Perspective I’ll be doing a run down of the nominations for the categories which the public vote in, starting this week with Limelight, Anthem and Album of the Year.

Have a listen through, then head along to the Awards website to cast your votes!

Limelight

  1. Tom Slatter – Some Of The Creatures Have Broken The Locks On The Door To Lab 558 (07:29) from Fit The Fourth, 2015
  2. Tiger Moth Tales – A Visit to Chigwick (08:50) from Cocoon, 2014
  3. Circuline – Nautilus (06:11) from Counterpoint, 2016
  4. Kylver – The Dance of the Mountain Ghost (06:06) from The Mountain Ghost, 2015
  5. Tiny Giant – Joely (03:24) from Joely, 2016
  6. The Anchoress – You and Only You (feat. Paul Draper) (04:09) from Confessions of a Romance Novelist, 2016
  7. Lithium Dawn – Spires (05:40) from Tearing Back The Veil I: Ascension, 2015
  8. Good Tiger – Aspirations (03:36) from A Head Full of Moonlight, 2015
  9. The Aaron Clift Experiment – The Last Oasis (08:36) from Outer Light, Inner Darkness, 2015
  10. Teramaze – Her Halo (05:15) from Her Halo, 2015

Anthem

  1. Riverside – Towards the Blue Horizon (08:10) from Love, Fear and the Time Machine, 2015
  2. Headspace – Kill You With Kindness (08:17) from All That You Fear Is Gone, 2016
  3. Bruce Soord – Field Day (05:05) from Bruce Soord, 2015
  4. Andy Jackson – Drownings (17:27) from 73 Days At Sea, 2016
  5. Hexvessel – Transparent Eyeball (05:27) from When We Are Death, 2016
  6. This Oceanic Feeling – Put Down The Gun (04:46) from Universal Mind, 2015
  7. Knifeworld – I Must Set Fire to Your Portrait (05:37) from Bottled Out Of Eden, 2016
  8. The Mute Gods – Praying To A Mute God (05:07) from Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, 2016
  9. Theo Travis’ Double Talk – Smokin’ at Klooks (04:18) from Transgression, 2015
  10. Motorpsycho – Big Black Dog (17:43) from Here Be Monsters, 2016

Album of the Year

  1. Anderson/Stolt – Invention Of Knowledge (22:52) from Invention Of Knowledge, 2016
  2. Haken – Earthrise (04:48) from Affinity, 2016
  3. Between the Buried and Me – Famine Wolf (06:51) from Coma Ecliptic, 2016
  4. iamthemorning – Chalk and Coal (04:57) from Lighthouse, 2016
  5. Hawkwind – Thursday (04:09) from The Machine Stops, 2016
  6. Dream Theater – Astonishing (05:51) from The Astonishing, 2015
  7. Purson – The Sky Parade (05:16) from Desire’s Magic Theatre, 2016
  8. TesseracT – Utopia (05:34) from Polaris, 2015
  9. Messenger – Celestial Spheres (06:08) from Threnodies, 2016
  10. Big Big Train – London Plane (10:11) from Folklore, 2016

 

 Posted by at 4:41 pm
May 222016
 
Play
"Can we listen to The European Perspective, Mum? Please? Pleeeeeease?"  "Hush now dear, we need to into the river and swish our tails while doing a poo"

“Can we listen to The European Perspective, Mum? Please? Pleeeeeease?”
“Hush now dear, we need to into the river and swish our tails while doing a poo”

Back after a long break, with no excuse for absence, because I don’t really need one….

Anyway, lots of great new music, including the world premiere of a track from popular beat quartet We Are Kin‘s forthcoming album …and I know…, and also a Gandalf’s Fist-themed competition! You could win a copy of their fantastic triple-CD concept steampunk epic – but you’ll have to listen in to find out how!


  1. Knifeworld – High / Aflame (06:29) from Bottled Out Of Eden, 2016
  2. Frost* – Heartstrings (06:21) from Falling Satellites, 2016
  3. Steve Thorne – Colours Of Torment (04:44) from Island Of The Imbeciles, 2016
  4. Oktopus – Worlds Apart (06:53) from Worlds Apart, 2016
  5. Big Big Train – Folklore (07:31) from Folklore, 2016
  6. Admirals Hard – Spanish Ladies (03:35) from Upon A Painted Ocean, 2016
  7. Kindred Spirit – Wolves at the Gate (06:56) from Phoenix Rising, 2016
  8. Profuna Ocean – Losing Ground (08:01) from In Vacuum, 2016
  9. Golden Caves – Bring Me to the Water (05:01) from Bring Me to the Water, 2016
  10. Sebas Honing – Flickering Heart (05:22) from The Big Shift, 2016
  11. Downriver Dead Men Go – Tides (07:16) from Tides, 2016
  12. Haken – 1985 (9:09) from Affinity, 2016
  13. Maglev – Judith (8:28) from Overwrite the Sin, 2016
  14. Anima Mundi – Train To Future (15:13) from I Me Myself, 2016
  15. Syndone – Qinah (06:10) from Eros & Thanatos, 2016
  16. Marco Ragni – Beltane (07:28) from Land Of Blue Echoes, 2016
  17. Mike Kershaw – Two Eyes (04:20) from What Lies Beneath, 2016
  18. We Are Kin – No Evil (04:58) from …and I know…, 2016
  19. Heliopolis – Take A Moment (09:28) from Epic at the Majestic: Live at RoSFest, 2016
  20. Paradigm Shift – Reunification (09:22) from Becoming Aware, 2016
  21. Nine Stones Close – Lie (09:58) from Leaves, 2016
  22. David Foster – Black Sunrise (07:48) from Dreamless, 2016
  23. Thence – No One, Anyone, Be Someone (05:14) from We Are Left with a Song, 2016
  24. Bent Knee – EVE (09:12) from Say So, 2016
  25. Habu – Measure Of A Man (05:45) from Infinite, 2016
  26. Gandalf’s Fist – Fight for the Light (08:08) from The Clockwork Fable, 2016
  27. Knifeworld – The Germ Inside (04:47) from Bottled Out Of Eden, 2016
  28. The Dowling Poole – One Hyde Park (04:37) from One Hyde Park, 2016
  29. Purson – The Sky Parade (05:16) from Desire’s Magic Theatre, 2016
  30. Airbag – Killer (09:18) from Disconnected, 2016
  31. Red Bazar – City And The Stars (08:35) from Tales From The Bookcase, 2016
  32. Alex Carpani – Crystal Falls (06:08) from So Close. So Far, 2016
  33. Lee Abraham – The Unknown (16:10) from The Seasons Turn, 2016
 Posted by at 3:33 pm
Mar 202016
 
Play
57cf9434-328e-461f-9790-f3fd9e9ec432-2

The crew of the USS Enterprise settle down to listen to the new European Perspective, the first episode since 2016.

…and we’re back – hope at least some of you stayed with us during the long break!

Catching up with new and upcoming releases this time around, together with a couple of old favourites recently out as reissues.

  1. The Mute Gods – Praying To A Mute God (05:07) from Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, 2016
  2. Rikard Sjöblom – Under Northern Skies (Villemo’s Song) (07:43) from The Unbendable Sleep, 2016
  3. GEPH – I Am The Lamp That Stomps (06:36) from GEPH, 2016
  4. Amarok – Rubicón (08:00) from Hayat Yolunda, 2015
  5. Anthony Phillips – Birdsong and Reprise (06:45) from Wise After the Event: Deluxe Edition, 2016
  6. Fractal Mirror – Embers (06:46) from Slow Burn 1, 2016
  7. Endless Tapes – Saturn (05:08) from Brilliant Waves, 2016
  8. N.y.X. – Restless Slumber/Groundhog Day (11:54) from The News, 2016
  9. Matthew Parmenter – Inside (05:45) from All Our Yesterdays, 2016
  10. Mike Kershaw – Two Eyes (04:20) from What Lies Beneath, 2016
  11. Headspace – Kill You With Kindness (08:17) from All That You Fear Is Gone, 2016
  12. Kiama – Slime (08:33) from Sign Of IV, 2016
  13. Long Distance Calling – Lines (04:42) from TRIPS, 2016
  14. Mike Oldfield – The Lake (12:14) from Discovery: Deluxe Edition, 2016
  15. Tony Patterson – The Magdalene Fields (05:29) from Equations of Meaning, 2016
  16. Mantra Vega – Island (05:53) from The Illusion’s Reckoning, 2016
  17. Lazuli – Vita Est Circus (05:18) from Nos Âmes Saoules, 2016
  18. Motorpsycho – Running With Scissors (05:39) from Here Be Monsters, 2016
  19. Messenger – Balearic Blue (06:33) from Threnodies, 2016
  20. Snarky Puppy (featuring Becca Stevens and Väsen) – I Asked (06:55) from Family Dinner, Vol. 2, 2016
  21. Sanguine Hum – Juniper (05:48) from What We Ask Is Where We Begin, 2016
  22. Southern Empire – Forest Fire (07:32) from Southern Empire, 2016
  23. The Rube Goldberg Machine – In Symmetry (06:23) from Fragile Times, 2016
  24. Mothertongue – Nautilus (05:16) from Unsongs, 2016
  25. Konchordat – Save Me From The Rain (07:56) from Rise To The Order, 2016
  26. Body English – Do It Slowly (06:03) from Stories of Earth, 2016
  27. Andy Jackson – The Gyre (10:27) from 73 Days At Sea, 2016
  28. Frequency Drift – Diary (05:31) from Last, 2016
  29. Knifeworld – High Aflame (06:31) from Bottled Out Of Eden, 2016
  30. iamthemorning – Chalk and Coal (04:57) from Lighthouse, 2016
  31. Nine Stones Close – Complicated (05:00) from Leaves, 2016
  32. Steven Wilson – My Book of Regrets (09:36) from 4.5, 2016
 Posted by at 4:42 pm