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    Great news! Along with TEE, ptf are one of my favorite new bands active in Japan right now.
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    it appears that TEE have 4 albums...
    Gnosis lists this one as their first:
    TEE (The Earth Explorer) First Voyage Jpn 2007
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    All of the TEE albums are superb.

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    Naikaku and Pochakaite have officially disbanded, I've read that a member of Flat 122 mentioned that they have not disbanded, but are in a long and deep sleep, though that was about two years ago, so the situation might have changed. Anyway, the guitarist and main composer Hirata have been working with his new band Stella Lee Jones and have several releases (http://www.stellaleejones.com/).

    ExhiVison, KBB and Tri-Offensive are still gigging ocassionally. In fact the next gig of ExhiVision is scheduled for Jan 2019.

    The last update at the official site of Side Steps says that they are preparing a new album, but that was from June 2017.


    Quote Originally Posted by Zalmoxe View Post
    There are a few Japanese bands that have gone silent over the last couple of years. Aside from the aforementioned Mongol and Naikaku, I wish KBB, ExhiVision, Tri-Offensive, Flat 122, Pochakaite Malko or Side Steps would still release something. These are all bands that were active after 2000. But I can understand how musicians evolve, they get involved in different projects and they don't want to go back to the style of music played 10-15 years ago.

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    Just checking TEE (The Earth Explorer) out...... Will get back when I hear a few of their albums..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    it appears that TEE have 4 albums...
    Gnosis lists this one as their first:
    TEE (The Earth Explorer) First Voyage Jpn 2007
    I have three of them, starting with their self-titled 2008 album. They're OK. A little lightweight for my tastes, but apparently there was enough there to get me to buy all of them and keep them. Must revisit, haven't spun them for a long time.

    Very sad so see Pochakaite Malko is no more, but not surprising. Their first album is still a top favorite of mine.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    "ptf" have a new album "The World[s]".

    They are close to KBB a little less Jazz but more Synph.

    Sounds great. Let's hope Musea plans a release even though, at this time, RYM lists it in digital formt only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zalmoxe View Post
    Sounds great. Let's hope Musea plans a release even though, at this time, RYM lists it in digital formt only.
    I have seen the CD offered on various platforms (Amazon etc.) but for
    unbearable prices (50 bucks plus).

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    Another new one with some KBB participation: Taika - Distant


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    I love this band, thanks for posting this thread. Have not got the 2018 album yet, but will when i find it. Managed to get the others..

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    Hi, glad to know this thread is still alive.

    The latest activity of TEE was a joint gig with ptf in last August.
    Please check on this video clip for a song Keisuke Takashima of ptf had a guest appearance.


    TEE has resumed studio works to compose new songs for the 4th studio album.
    We are expecting release in 2020.
    Landscaping progressive rock band from Tokyo.
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    Many of you may not know that I am a current member of French TV, a Louisville, Kentucky - based progressive band that has been in existence since 1983.
    Flat122 leader, Takao Kawasaki, and my band mate of TEE, Ryuji Yonekura, played on French TV #11, "Ambassadors of Good Health and Clean Living".
    https://frenchtv.bandcamp.com/album/...d-clean-living

    This is something I would like you to check. Especially Takao Kawasaki of Flat122 never had a guest appearance before. His piano plays are killer.
    Landscaping progressive rock band from Tokyo.
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    Not really the right thread but I had to put this somewhere

    What a surprise: Ain Soph!


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    A new Ain Soph album!? Hot dog!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post


    A new Ain Soph album!? Hot dog!
    Not sure, I only have one or two albums by them.

    This seems to be the track list

    1.Felix's Strange Bag~The Sower of the Systems 奇妙な鞄~星を撒く人  9:28
    2.Moral Hazard モラル・ハザード  7:21
    3.Seven Up (intro)  セヴン・アップ(イントロ)  1:12
    4.Seven Up (main)  セヴン・アップ(メイン)  7:57
    5.Seven Colours セヴン・ カラーズ  1:09
    6.Cat & Queen シャム猫は女王様  10:38
    7.The Swan Lake Pt 2 白鳥の湖 パート2  10:46

    Ain Soph
    yozox 山本 要三 (Guitar)
    Kikuo Fujikawa 藤川 喜久男 (Keyboards)
    Masahiro Torigaki 鳥垣 正裕 (Bass)
    taiqui 富家 大器 (Drums,Percussion,Voice on Moral Hazard)

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    There is also a new live album ('74) from Yonin Bayashi - One Stop Festival

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    Wow - that's great to hear about Ain Soph. Interesting to see all of these bands from 30 to 40 years ago (or even 50 - witness Baby Grandmothers this month) suddenly reforming and putting out new - and quality - material. A positive trend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    Not sure, I only have one or two albums by them.

    This seems to be the track list

    1.Felix's Strange Bag~The Sower of the Systems 奇妙な鞄~星を撒く人  9:28
    2.Moral Hazard モラル・ハザード  7:21
    3.Seven Up (intro)  セヴン・アップ(イントロ)  1:12
    4.Seven Up (main)  セヴン・アップ(メイン)  7:57
    5.Seven Colours セヴン・ カラーズ  1:09
    6.Cat & Queen シャム猫は女王様  10:38
    7.The Swan Lake Pt 2 白鳥の湖 パート2  10:46

    Ain Soph
    yozox 山本 要三 (Guitar)
    Kikuo Fujikawa 藤川 喜久男 (Keyboards)
    Masahiro Torigaki 鳥垣 正裕 (Bass)
    taiqui 富家 大器 (Drums,Percussion,Voice on Moral Hazard)
    Release Date according CDJapan is December 26: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/KICS-3765
    Hopefully this is a step back to Ain Soph's progressive rock side, because their jazz side as can be heard on Studio Live Tracks '80 and '05 didn't do much for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    Hopefully this is a step back to Ain Soph's progressive rock site, because their jazz site as can be heard on Studio Live Tracks '80 and '05 didn't do much for me.
    Nothing of Ain Soph's past Story of Mysterious Forest has done anything for me. I'm interested to hear what this new one has to offer, but I wouldn't buy it without hearing samples.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    I have three of them, starting with their self-titled 2008 album. They're OK. A little lightweight for my tastes, but apparently there was enough there to get me to buy all of them and keep them. Must revisit, haven't spun them for a long time.

    Very sad so see Pochakaite Malko is no more, but not surprising. Their first album is still a top favorite of mine.

    Bill
    Have a look here, hope they record it: https://diskunion.net/progre/ct/news/article/1/79134

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    Have a look here, hope they record it: https://diskunion.net/progre/ct/news/article/1/79134
    Interesting, thanks for posting. Would be cool to get a live album, especially from the dual-keyboard version of the band. Even better would be some rekindled desire to do an album, but that's probably out of the question.

    FWIW, I've been spinning my three TEE albums of late, and they hold up pretty well. Some moments of fluff, but when they dig in, some very tasty Prog/Fusion. Wold definitely grab another one from these guys as well.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    Not really the right thread but I had to put this somewhere

    What a surprise: Ain Soph!

    Samples on http://www.neowing.co.jp/product/KIC...ack?from_cdj=1 sound quite introvert.

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    Maybe Japanese Prog bands could borrow a few singers from the J-Pop side. The latter are easier on the ears.
    No matter what anyone says, you are the decider of how you will listen to music.

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