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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    ^ thanks Ian, I like this a lot (but it's a bit frustrating that we missed this upon release 2 years ago).
    Quite, I saw it in relation to the drummer, who I love, and was surprised I didn't know them.
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    I finally yesterday got Stormy Six album Macchina Maccheronica (1980). I really like their last three albums (L'apprendisat,Macchina Maccheronica and Al Volo) but I am not so familiar with their earlier output. Any suggestions?
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    ^ The debut, L'Idee di Oggi (1969), features esteemed singer/songwriter Claudio Rocchi and is a canto/folk-pop affair with psychedelic touches. It's fairly Ok for what it is, but more resembles Rocchi's early solo works than later SSix.

    L'Unità (1972) loses the mock-psych altogether and goes for a purely song-based, sometimes even good time-jazzy variation on the folk-pop recipé which is now more akin to Buffalo Springfield or the debut CSN or even Poco. Lyrics are getting more political and, honestly, some of their tunes are actually quite cozy ("Pontelandolfo", "Sciopero!") - but don't expect anything remotely radical in the musics department here. These are straight-up hummables.

    Guarda Giù Dalla Pianura (1974) sees them change 90 degrees into an almost entirely acoustic, militant protest-singer's collective and is -not- a rock record. For completists, but frankly the single SSix album I never find myself listening to.

    Un Biglietto del Tram (1975) successfully marries the radical/militant marxist agenda to some truly fine arrangements for acoustic guitars and violins, eventually adding electric bass and drums. It's a concept album and a much loved one, especially with the Italian left, and some of these songs are admittedly highly creative and listenable and with an obvious "progressive" streak to some of it. Not quite 'there' yet, but antecedents to L'Apprentista can be heard here.

    So start with Biglietto or the instrumental soundtrack album Cliché from '76, which has several older songs rearranged for this more advanced new setup. It's still not as groundbreaking as that debut Asia, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Here's a new one to me, Darrifourcq/Hermia/Ceccaldi, featuring the drummer & cellist from the French avant jazz band In Love With with Belgian experimental saxophonist Manuel Hermia

    https://manuelhermia.bandcamp.com/al...-at-the-casino
    Interestingly two of the tracks on here are also on In Love With's Axel Erotic album with sax replacing violin, Les Flics De La Polic and Chauve Et Courtois, they work very well.
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    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Quite, I saw it in relation to the drummer, who I love, and was surprised I didn't know them.
    Here's more chaps!

    https://sylvaindarrifourcq.bandcamp....ent=fanpub_fnb

    No indication of whether we'll see a physical product.

    EDIT: OK, the answer to that was “we'll see it today”, as the page has now been updated with a CD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    This is good. Somehow I missed this band until now.
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    The new Worldservice Project album is out today:

    https://worldserviceproject.bandcamp...in-plain-sight

    Kinda pronk jazz, not really sure if it fits here or not, but it's fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    The new Worldservice Project album is out today:

    https://worldserviceproject.bandcamp...in-plain-sight

    Kinda pronk jazz, not really sure if it fits here or not, but it's fun.
    Like it.

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    Any In Love With fans here? If so you need to check out Sylvain Darrifourcq's other project Darrifourcq Hermia Ceccaldi. This magnificent trio just released cool new album Kaiju Eats Cheeseburgers. It is more avant-jazz than avant-prog but I am sure you will like it.

    https://sylvaindarrifourcq.bandcamp....-cheeseburgers
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    ^ It's great stuff.

    Y'all didn't read the last couple of pages of this thread, did ya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    ^ It's great stuff.

    Y'all didn't read the last couple of pages of this thread, did ya?
    Oh sorry, I missed your post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    Any In Love With fans here? If so you need to check out Sylvain Darrifourcq's other project Darrifourcq Hermia Ceccaldi. This magnificent trio just released cool new album Kaiju Eats Cheeseburgers. It is more avant-jazz than avant-prog but I am sure you will like it.

    https://sylvaindarrifourcq.bandcamp....-cheeseburgers
    They're rather good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    Oh sorry, I missed your post!
    No sweat - it's great that there are a bunch of us here that dig this stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    The new Worldservice Project album is out today:

    https://worldserviceproject.bandcamp...in-plain-sight

    Kinda pronk jazz, not really sure if it fits here or not, but it's fun.
    On second listen, this kills. Thanx Masco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    The new Worldservice Project album is out today:

    https://worldserviceproject.bandcamp...in-plain-sight

    Kinda pronk jazz, not really sure if it fits here or not, but it's fun.
    This is very good, I've got the one two before this, For King & Country, I'm probably going to get them all as this is certainly an area I'm loving at the moment.
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    The new Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus album, Mirage, just dropped:

    https://www.harrikuusijarvi.com/koutus

    https://eclipsemusicrecordlabel.band...m/album/mirage

    I think it's tremendous. Just give a listen to the tracks Safari or Dark Matter.
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    Snippets from a forthcoming album on D&D by an outfit called Mange Ferraille:

    https://duretdoux.bandcamp.com/album/erba-spontanea

    Seems like some minimalistic noise prog, I'll be interested to hear more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    Snippets from a forthcoming album on D&D by an outfit called Mange Ferraille:

    https://duretdoux.bandcamp.com/album/erba-spontanea

    Seems like some minimalistic noise prog, I'll be interested to hear more.
    This I like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    The new Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus album, Mirage, just dropped:

    https://www.harrikuusijarvi.com/koutus

    https://eclipsemusicrecordlabel.band...m/album/mirage

    I think it's tremendous. Just give a listen to the tracks Safari or Dark Matter.
    Wow! That is really interesting stuff! And even though I am from Finland I had never heard about Harri Kuusijärvi or his band Koutus. So thanks for the tip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    The new Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus album, Mirage, just dropped:

    https://www.harrikuusijarvi.com/koutus

    https://eclipsemusicrecordlabel.band...m/album/mirage

    I think it's tremendous. Just give a listen to the tracks Safari or Dark Matter.
    Thanks, sounds really good on first listening. I looked him up on Discogs and found Harri has been involved in a lot of albums other than the Koutus ones., so there are lots to dig into. I just listened to the two tracks on Utopanisti II which he guests on and was quite impressed. I shall now have to listen my way through Utopanisti's back catalogue - not such an onerous task on a wet day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanterrill View Post
    Thanks, sounds really good on first listening. I looked him up on Discogs and found Harri has been involved in a lot of albums other than the Koutus ones., so there are lots to dig into. I just listened to the two tracks on Utopanisti II which he guests on and was quite impressed. I shall now have to listen my way through Utopanisti's back catalogue - not such an onerous task on a wet day!
    To my ears the pick of the Utopianisti albums is The Third Frontier. The first two as I recall it have some programmed drums, but the third one is the product of a touring band with a proper (and very good) drummer.

    Another project that Harri Kuusijärvi has been involved in that is well worth hearing is Hyväluoma Group (Discogs doesn't list his participation on this one, but it is most certainly him). Their one album Reflection is not easy to get on CD, but worth it.



    I really think that in a post-Hollmer world Harri has established himself as the accordionist to watch within our cherished sphere of 'funny music'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    Wow! That is really interesting stuff! And even though I am from Finland I had never heard about Harri Kuusijärvi or his band Koutus. So thanks for the tip!
    Very glad you liked it! All of the Koutus albums (three studio CDs and a live download-only album) are really excellent to my ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    The new Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus album, Mirage, just dropped:

    https://www.harrikuusijarvi.com/koutus

    https://eclipsemusicrecordlabel.band...m/album/mirage

    I think it's tremendous. Just give a listen to the tracks Safari or Dark Matter.
    It's pretty good, it gets a bit too mainstream fusiony for me in spots but when it's wonky its fun.
    Ian

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    I blame Wynton, what was the question?
    There are only 10 types of people in the World, those who understand binary and those that don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    The new Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus album, Mirage, just dropped:

    https://www.harrikuusijarvi.com/koutus

    https://eclipsemusicrecordlabel.band...m/album/mirage

    I think it's tremendous. Just give a listen to the tracks Safari or Dark Matter.
    I had decided to hate it, because of the godforsaken accordion, but it's too good to do that, so I changed my mind. Cheers!

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