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    Quote Originally Posted by walt View Post
    Tyshawn Sorey-drums/percussion-piano;Jennifer Curtis-violin.Invisable Rituals.

    Not jazz.Contemporay classical/chamber music is how i'd(clumsily) describe it.I dig it more with each listen.

    https://newfocusrecordings.bandcamp....visible-ritual


    Yes, agree!
    A winner here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walt View Post
    Tyshawn Sorey-drums/percussion-piano;Jennifer Curtis-violin.Invisable Rituals.

    Not jazz.Contemporay classical/chamber music is how i'd(clumsily) describe it.I dig it more with each listen.

    https://newfocusrecordings.bandcamp....visible-ritual


    Impressed by this. On my shopping list for the next bc artist support sale.

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    Upon reflection, the Sorey/Curtis duo cd has some aspects of jazz;namely the call and response and improvisational feel of some of the music therein.IMO.
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    For God's sake, Walt! Pick a genre already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick L. View Post
    For God's sake, Walt! Pick a genre already!
    I'm trying, i'm trying.It's not heavy metal.Of that i can say with confidence.
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    Whatever it is, its very good.
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    My top 3 so far would be Birds of Passage by Karfagen (this band was previously unknown to me), Love Over Fear by Pendragon and Katatoni'a City Burials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walt View Post
    Tyshawn Sorey-drums/percussion-piano;Jennifer Curtis-violin.Invisable Rituals.

    Not jazz.Contemporay classical/chamber music is how i'd(clumsily) describe it.I dig it more with each listen.

    https://newfocusrecordings.bandcamp....visible-ritual


    Totally digging this album. Certainly one of the best of 2020 so far. Somewhere inbetween free jazz, modern chamber and folk. So; 'free avant folk'?

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    Just checked out Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea, Yeah, this is the real thing. Great music.
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    Dave Douglas - Dizzy Atmosphere
    Mark Lanegan - Straight Songs of Sorrow
    Agnes Obel - Myopia
    John Zorn - Calculus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    I thought this was really great (need to listen more, but I loved it on two listens):

    Lucian Ban - piano
    John Surman - baritone & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
    Mat Maneri - viola

    Transylvanian Folk Songs - The Bela Bartók Field Recordings

    Here's one track that's on their bandcamp page:
    Oh yeah, this sound like something for me.
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    Shabaka & The Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History Shabaka does it again, but the surprise id gone
    Zopp - Zopp Can't get enough of this Canterbury album, it doesn't help that the last track is phenomenal
    Elds Mark - s/t Great Scandic retro-prog
    Moleslope - Slope late 2019 Jap Canterbury
    Wildflower - Season 2
    Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You? IAR label's best artistes with Makaya McCraven
    Glass Museum - Reykjavik (belgian piano-drum duo doing a quieter GoGo Penguin type of music - their second album)
    The Third Mind - S/T Dave Alvin (yes of The Blasters)'s excellent psych project including guest Jesse Sykes. lots of cover including Alice Coltrane's Saatchidananda
    The Dream Syndicate - The Universe Inside my fave in a very long time.
    Trees Speak - Ohms Neo-krautrock (Köln-Dusseldorf school)
    GoGo Peguin - S/T Old tricks by not as new dogs anymore.
    Aksak Maboul - Figures Not top 2020 potential, but worthy of bottom of top list
    Nat Birchall - Mysticism Of Sound Alone on this coarcher
    Gary Bartz & Maisha - Night Dreamer Direct​-​To​-​Disc Sessions Bartz meets the LDN scene
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    Moleslope - Slopelate 2019 Jap Canterbury
    Yes, this is a really good album!

    https://moleslopemusic.bandcamp.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    JG Thirlwell & Simon Steensland - Oscillospira - classic heavy dark avant
    Zopp - s/t - canterbury
    Dai Kaht - II - happy zeuhl
    Kavus Torabi - Hip To The Jag - edge prog pop
    I've got all four of these and still haven't given them a listen yet.

    I need to get on that! Seeing these crop up in yours and others' lists makes me excited to hear them.

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    My favourites so far.

    1. JG Thirwell & Simon Steensland : Oscillospira (US/SE) ****½
    2. Aksak Maboul: Figures (FR) ****
    3. Raoul Björkenheim: Solar Winds (FI) ****
    4. Markus Reuter featuring Fabio Trentini and Asaf Sirkis : Truce (DE) ****
    5. Deep Energy Orchestra : The Return (US) ****
    6. Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri : Hypnosis (FI) ****
    7. Joel Harrison : America At War (US) ****
    8. Fiona Apple: Fetch The Bolt Cutters (US) ****

    Bubbling under:

    Kavus Torabi: Hip To The Jag (UK) ***½
    Annie Barbazza: Vive (FR) ***½
    Jazz Sabbath: s/t (UK) ***½
    Dai Kaht : II (FI) ***½
    Calibro 35 : Momentum (IT) ***½
    Zopp: s/t (UK) ***½
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    ^ Wow, is Fiona Apple still going? I thought there was some serious setback with her, but I might confuse it with something else. I'll have to hear this new one.

    Seriously talented lady.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    ^ Wow, is Fiona Apple still going? I thought there was some serious setback with her, but I might confuse it with something else. I'll have to hear this new one.

    Seriously talented lady.
    This new one is pretty pretty good
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    Just want to pop in here and say that I love these threads. They give me the opportunity to be introduced to music that might have not ended up on my radar otherwise. Thanks to all who contribute.
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    I've listened to enough to get a bona fide top 15 ranking so far (mixing all styles):

    Tier 1
    1. Aka Moon - Opus 111 (Best album in a while, combining Cassol's arrangement style and classical music with Aka Moon jazzy goodness)
    2. Archive - 25 Live (this was a limited download only release, but a really great set)
    3. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea (another nice entry in their catalog, very happy to seem them back at it)
    4. Aksak Maboul - Figures (Wow, fantastic blend of Stereolab + Canterbury whimsy + avant progressions)

    Tier 2
    5. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush (Maybe their best. Keys-heavy, pop-dream psych with very deliberate call backs to late 70s/80s)
    6. Elder - Omens (Their best, most proggy, and most diverse so far?)
    7. Joel Harrison + 18 - America at War (Really well composed big band jazz in a modern style, with compositions often very different from each other)
    8. Ghost Rhythms - Imaginary Mountains (Always good material from these guys. It's a work in progress, so who knows where it will end up?)
    9. Pat Metheny - From This Place (another fantastic work from Pat who has really hit his stride)

    Tier 3
    10. Mythic Sunship - Changing Shapes (From El Paraiso, heavy psych rock with sax and a free-rock/jazz element)
    11. Siena Root - The Secret of Our Time (Good old fashioned 70s retro-rawk. This one really stands out from their last few)
    12. Zopp - s/t (Canterbury that grows on you. Not a classic, but not bad)
    13. Kanaan - Odense Sessions (instrumental psych, post-rock, hard rocks stuff from the El Paraiso label)
    14. King Buffalo - Dead Star (psych, space, rock, synth, fun)
    15. Moura - s/t (From Spain, they sort of remind me of Big Elf, sort of a bombastic, organ/guitar hard prog with a whiff of Spinal Tap)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post

    Annie Barbazza: Vive (FR) ***½
    Annie is Italian of Course, she will also appear on the next Album by Italian Proggers Syndone.

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    New Behold The Arctopus released.

    https://beholdthearctopus.bandcamp.c...ptic-overtrove

    I'm liking this a lot.
    Ian

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    The Dream Syndicate - The Universe Inside
    I see Steve Wynn is still in charge. Can't believe it's been 28 years since I saw them at the Roskilde festival in Denmark. They were on fire although already considered a "veteran" act! I remember Wynn's improvised rant of elegy about having to listen to Def Leppard or M.C. Hammer once he turned on the radio. If he'd only known what would be waiting a few decades down the line.

    Oldtimer r&r is the thing for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    New Behold The Arctopus released.

    https://beholdthearctopus.bandcamp.c...ptic-overtrove

    I'm liking this a lot.
    Yep +1!
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    My favourites so far, they may even be in order!

    Rannoch – Reflections on darkness
    Pure Reason Revolution – Eupnea
    Elder - Omens
    Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere – Theta Four
    Quel Che Disse Il Tuono - Il Velo Dei Riflessi
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    Quote Originally Posted by HilltopMan View Post
    Il Velo Dei Riflessi - Quel Che Disse Il Tuono
    The other way around of course ("Quel Che Disse Il Tuono" is the band)

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