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    Hooffoot & Jambinai are probably going to get added to my list.
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    Second draft (prog & jazz) for 2019

    Genre separation stage, no real order yet



    Prog list:
    Elephant9 with Reine Fiske- Psychedelic Backfire II
    The Wrong Object- Into the Herd
    Jordsjø – Nattfiolen
    Magma - Zess
    Hooffoot - The Lights In the Aisle Will Guide You
    Yokaï – s/t
    Ikarus – Mosaismic
    Supersister - Retsis Repus
    Panzerpappa - Summarisk Suite
    Ghost Rhythms - Live at Yoshiwara
    October Equus - Presagios
    Isildurs Bane and Peter Hammill - In Amazonia
    Rustin Man - Drift Code
    Spacious Mind - No. 4 or 5 Gravy Band
    Vannier & Patton - Crystal Corpses
    Ghost Funk Orchestra -A Song For Paul
    De Loreans - s/t
    Gong - The Universe Also Collapses
    Unit Wail - Egares

    Bubbling under (meaning also heard):
    Hackett, Tool , Kopecky-Lennon


    Jazz list:
    Levitation Orchestra - Inexpressible Infinity
    Muriel Grossmann - Reverence
    Ezra Collective - You Can't Steal my joy.
    Nerija - Blume
    The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the lifeforce....+The Afterlife
    Joe Armon-Jones - Turn To Clear View
    Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Build Bridges
    Graham Costello's Strata - Obelisk
    Makaya McCraven - Where We Come From (Chicago X London Mixtape)
    Ill Considedred - Live in Camden Town July 2018 - Live at Total Refreshment Centre
    Yazz Ahmed - Polyhymnia
    Cykada-s/t
    Kokoroka - EP
    Christian aTunde Adjuah Scott - Ancestral Recall
    Theo Croker - Star People Nation
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    A quick look at this thread makes it plain that 2019 was a good year for releases that spin the propellers of rabid prog heads to a breaking point. Lots of good top 5's could get made...haven't seen any of these up yet:
    Brian Krock / Liddle (this one hits like Claudia Quintet and Blast ... Olli Hirvonen goes into Tsuneo Imahori land at times)
    Unit Wail/ Egares
    Olli Hirvonen / Displace
    Stephen Thelen / Fractal Guitar (one of the the most narcotic and best recorded Moonjune releases)
    Brun-Courtois-Fincker / Les Demons de Tosca (The BMC label (Budapest) put out several great recordings this year, this one taps into what makes A. Vasarat and UZ work and manages to hit some new nerve endings).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KK_6wF-Xg8

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    Flower Kings - Waiting For Miracles
    Thieves' Kitchen - Genius Loci
    Cirrus Bay - The Art of Vanishing
    Local Natives - Violet Street
    Big Big Train - Grand Tour

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    2019 was a great year for Prog. Last year I could barely list 5 but this year it's hard to keep it to 10.
    Here's my list in no particular order except #1

    1. IQ - The Resistance
    2. Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
    3. Tool - In Vauda Venenum
    4. Soen - Lotus
    5. RPWL - Tales From Outer Space
    6. Tony Patterson/Doug Melbourne - The Divide
    7. The Flower Kings - Waiting For Miracles
    8. Chasing the Monsoon - No Ordinary World
    9. The Neal Morse Band - The Great Adventure
    10. Devin Townsend - Empath

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    Quote Originally Posted by progmeister View Post
    3. Tool - In Vauda Venenum
    Looks like you had your albums with a Latin title mixed up...

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    Ok, my top 5 in no particular order

    Lisa Bella Donna - Circulus/The World She Wanted/Desinations ( 3 of Lisa's albums released this year)
    Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
    Lari Basilio - Far More
    Arielle - Suspension-Dimension
    Big Big Train - Grand Tour

    also good:
    Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
    Tim Bowness - Flowers At The Scene
    Yes - From A Page
    Iamthemorning - The Bell
    Mostly Autumn - White Rainbow
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    1 Lost Crowns - Every night something happens
    2 October Equus - Presagios
    3 Ghost Rhythms - Live at Yoshiwara
    4 Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill - In Amazonia
    5 Yazz Ahmed -Polyhymnia

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    Nice list
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    My top five are:

    1. Leprous - "Pitfalls" (Breathtaking, inspiring record that hits me on a deep level, given the mental illness-related subject matter, and continually keeps me guessing because of how stylistically eclectic it is, despite remaining within the modern/post-prog niche.)
    2. Now In Colour - "Now In Colour" (Amazing independent pop prog from Australia. Top notch songwriting, high level musicianship, and absolutely exquisite production.)
    3. Moron Police - "A Boat on the Sea" (Ridiculous playing from every member of the band - but especially the guitarist. Tight, concise, and listener-friendly. Every single track has a hook - or several - that will stay with you for weeks on end.)
    4. Bent Knee - "You Know What They mean" (There is really just no other band on earth quite like Bent Knee. So many pleasantly surprising, outside-the-box moments - as there always are with them.)
    5. The Callous Daoboys - "Die On Mars" (Mathcore from my home town of Atlanta. I'm normally not into super heavy, dissonant, noisey stuff. And I rarely get very into bands with *predominantly* screamed vocals. But this record is a masterpiece. The music is daring, creative, and pushes the envelope in a lot of ways. Lyrically, it's absolutely brilliant as well.)


    Just btw, if I may be allowed some shameless self promotion, if anyone on here is interested in the record my band, Great Wide Nothing, dropped in April, you can check it out at http://greatwidenothing.bandcamp.com...w-from-olympus
    If you're into neo/symphonic strains of prog, hopefully you'll hear something you like.

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    Go here to see the top albums of one group of writers.

    https://www.seaoftranquility.org/sec...icle&artid=312

    And go here to vote for your favorite - from a list of 40.

    https://www.seaoftranquility.org/
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    I bought 50 new releases this year and none of them made the list
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    I bought 50 new releases this year and none of them made the list
    "Is it because they suck?"

    [inside joke - ask me when I see you]
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    I bought 50 new releases this year and none of them made the list
    The same ....

    Not even the new Gong, Magma, Steve Hackett, Supersister or Panzerpappa albums (to mention the big names).... Or Hooffoot, FTM. Not even listed in the individual writers' selection

    SoT is definitely not for me.
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    Only album that made any list was Tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    I bought 50 new releases this year and none of them made the list
    What about here: https://pienemmatpurot.wordpress.com...at-levyt-2019/

    Any favourites?

    Or in bubbling under? https://pienemmatpurot.wordpress.com...9-sijat-11-29/



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    In no particular order:

    Portico Quartet, Memory Streams (their best outing for a number of years, possibly even their best ever - exquisite, beautiful, haunting)

    Graham Costello's Strata, Obelisk (exhilarating fusion of jazz & rock rhythms, from Glasgow)

    Maisha, There is a Place (any one of the records released from the brilliant scene in London headed by Shabaka Hutchings could have made this list, but this was the one that I spun the most - deeply spiritual, with great playing)

    Blue Rose Code, Water of Leith Live (fabulous live performance of an album that evokes my place of home, recorded at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh in 2017, featuring my dear friend Colin Steele on trumpet)

    Ghost Rhythms, Live at Yoshiwara (stunning - a remarkable suite of musical explorations, brilliantly recorded - I consider it a privilege to have discovered this astonishing music, & to be able to talk about some of the things evoked by the music with Xavier)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    What about here: https://pienemmatpurot.wordpress.com...at-levyt-2019/

    Any favourites?

    Or in bubbling under? https://pienemmatpurot.wordpress.com...9-sijat-11-29/



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    They look a lot more like my list

    PoiL, Lost Crowns, NSRO, lot of stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    They look a lot more like my list

    PoiL, Lost Crowns, NSRO, lot of stuff.
    You have a good taste! [emoji6]


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    [QUOTE=Trane;945702]first draft (prog & jazz) for 2019


    Elephant9 with Reine Fiske- Psychedelic Backfire II
    Cykada-s/t
    The Wrong Object- Into the Herd
    Ikarus – Mosaismic
    Panzerpappa - Summarisk Suite
    Graham Costello's Strata - Obelisk
    De Loreans - s/t
    Hooffoot - The Lights In the Aisle Will Guide You


    I adore these albums that featured in your list, although on the jazz side of things, I would also suggest that Pyjaen ST debut , Levitation Orchestra – Inexpressible Infinity and Mike De Souzas Slow Burn are worthy of exploration as well.

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    My list for 2019, not necessarily in particular order:

    1) Poil - Sus
    2) Jack O' The Clock - Witness
    3) Lost Crowns - Every Night Something Happens
    4) Angel Bat Dawid - The Oracle
    5) Magma - Zess
    6) Elephant 9 - Psychedelic Backfire Vol I & II
    7) October Equus - Presagios
    8) Centrum - For Meditation
    9) Jamie Branch - Fly Or Die II
    10) Utopia Strong - Utopia Strong
    11) Shattered Dimension - Flying Luttenbachers
    12) Eclectic Maybe Band - Reflections In A Moebius Ring
    13) Winstons - Smith
    14) Genius Loci - Thieves Kitchen
    15) Le Grand Sbam - Vaisseau Monde
    16) Hare And Hoofe - Hare And Hoofe
    17) Laughing Eye - Laughing Eye
    18) Dury Dava - Dury Dava
    19) Sales De Bano - Geometria Del Vinculo
    20) A Light Sleeper - Distinction

    Album of the Year: Richard Dawson - 20/20 (not because it was objectively "better" but because it was the most relevant and emotionally engaging thing I've listened in years)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    The same ....

    Not even the new Gong, Magma, Steve Hackett, Supersister or Panzerpappa albums (to mention the big names).... Or Hooffoot, FTM. Not even listed in the individual writers' selection

    SoT is definitely not for me.
    Steve Hackett made #18 on my list. Just sayin. Did not get the new Gong or Panzerpappa yet. On my want list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    My list for 2019, not necessarily in particular order:

    1) Poil - Sus
    2) Jack O' The Clock - Witness
    3) Lost Crowns - Every Night Something Happens
    4) Angel Bat Dawid - The Oracle
    5) Magma - Zess
    6) Elephant 9 - Psychedelic Backfire Vol I & II
    7) October Equus - Presagios
    8) Centrum - For Meditation
    9) Jamie Branch - Fly Or Die II
    10) Utopia Strong - Utopia Strong
    11) Shattered Dimension - Flying Luttenbachers
    12) Eclectic Maybe Band - Reflections In A Moebius Ring
    13) Winstons - Smith
    14) Genius Loci - Thieves Kitchen
    15) Le Grand Sbam - Vaisseau Monde
    16) Hare And Hoofe - Hare And Hoofe
    17) Laughing Eye - Laughing Eye
    18) Dury Dava - Dury Dava
    19) Sales De Bano - Geometria Del Vinculo
    20) A Light Sleeper - Distinction

    Album of the Year: Richard Dawson - 20/20 (not because it was objectively "better" but because it was the most relevant and emotionally engaging thing I've listened in years)
    A bunch of stuff here that I didn't know about and must seek out! Thanks for the list.

    Have not really thought about a list yet, and I bought fewer new releases this year than usual, probably about 25 in total some of which I haven't had chance to listen to much. Luttenbachers, Ghost Rhythms and Le Grand Sbam will likely be near the top of my picks.
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    Greetings,

    Here are my picks:

    1. UMPFEL - As the Waters Cover the Sea
    2. KENNER - 8Ball City
    3. CLÉMENT BELIO - Patience
    4. THE DISPLAY TEAM - Spinner [EP]
    5. DAISUKE KUNITA - abstract/pop

    Cheers and wishing everyone a great 2020,


    Alan

    P.S. Just edited to swap the second and third place entries (which were a close call).
    Last edited by AdventAlan; 3 Weeks Ago at 11:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    A bunch of stuff here that I didn't know about and must seek out! Thanks for the list.

    Have not really thought about a list yet, and I bought fewer new releases this year than usual, probably about 25 in total some of which I haven't had chance to listen to much. Luttenbachers, Ghost Rhythms and Le Grand Sbam will likely be near the top of my picks.
    I picked 3-4 completely unknown items from your last year list, so I hope you find the time to come up woth one this year. The Stop Motion Orchestra was a real favorite of mine.

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