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Dec 072019
 
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“I don’t care how goddamed illogical it is, Spock, the old tape-based Mellotrons just SOUND better! Digital, my arse!”

In this first of three end of 2019 specials, Wilf and Martin take a canter through some of the excellent albums released in the first part of the year.


Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby (03:22) from Now That’s What I Call Xmas, 2009
Lost Crowns – Sound As Colour (07:40) from Every Night Something Happens, 2019
The Neal Morse Band – I Got to Run (06:05) from The Great Adventure, 2019
Red Bazar – Future Song (06:56) from Things As They Appear, 2019
Duke 72 – Isadora (04:36) from The Mid Shires Herald, 2019
Cheeto’s Magazine – Ready to Rumble (05:06) from Amazingous, 2019
Motorpsycho – Lux Aeterna (10:56) from The Crucible, 2019
Joost Maglev – Ever After (07:09) from Alter Ego, 2019
The Mute Gods – Envy the Dead (05:41) from Atheists and Believers, 2019
RPWL – Not Our Place To Be (06:07) from Tales From Outer Space, 2019
Eveline’s Dust – Lost In A Lullaby (05:39) from K, 2019
The Far Meadow – Foreign Land (11:06) from Foreign Land, 2019
Giancarlo Erra – End VII (06:44) from ENDS, 2019
United Progressive Fraternity – Dying to be Reborn (05:20) from Loss Part 1, 2019
Isbjörg – Needles (05:59) from Iridescent, 2019
Lonely Robot – When Gravity Fails (05:04) from Under Stars, 2019
Bjørn Riis – Icarus (07:00) from A Storm Is Coming, 2019
Panzerpappa – Belgerisk Impro (06:48) from Summarisk Suite, 2019
Gong – The Elemental (06:43) from The Universe Also Collapses, 2019
Sarcophagus Now – Bitontologen (06:05) from Maneter, 2019
Snarky Puppy – Xavi (09:31) from Immigrance, 2019
Big Big Train – Voyager (14:03) from Grand Tour, 2019
North Sea Radio Orchestra – A Last Straw (05:27) from Folly Bololey (Songs from Robert Wyatt’s Rock Bottom), 2019
IZZ – Moment Of Inertia (09:46) from Don’t Panic, 2019
The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (04:31) from Now That’s What I Call Xmas, 2009

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Oct 132019
 
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“Parker, please hurry. I want to listen to the new European Perspective”
“Is that because you fancy Martin Hutchinson, m’Lady?”
“Oh yes, Parker, he’s such a hunk!”

This time on The European Perspective:

  • New releases from Jon Hunt and Barock Project
  • Progradar’s Picks, with new and forthcoming releases from Bent Knee, Afenginn and Eloy
  • A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of In The Court Of The Crimson King

The Far Meadow – Travelogue (18:36) from Foreign Land, 2019
Jon Hunt – Emergency Call (04:15) from Emergency Call, 2019
Tony Patterson and Doug Melbourne – Leave This Town (04:37) from The Divide, 2019
Barock Project – Brain Damage (09:05) from Seven Seas, 2019
Porcupine Tree – The Incident/Your Unpleasant Family/The Yellow Windows Of The Evening Train/Tim Flies (20:50) from The Incident, 2009
Blackfield – Blackfield (04:07) from Blackfield, 2004
Steven Wilson – Ancestral (13:33) from Hand. Cannot. Erase., 2015
King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man (07:24) from In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969
King Crimson – I Talk to the Wind (06:00) from In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969
King Crimson – The Court of the Crimson King (09:31) from In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969
Phideaux – Micro Softdeathstar (11:16) from Doomsday Afternoon, 2007
Black Bonzo – Thorns Upon a Crown (06:51) from Sound of the Apocalypse, 2007
Beardfish – Roulette (12:07) from Sleeping in Traffic, Part One, 2007
Gong – My Sawtooth Wake (13:15) from The Universe Also Collapses, 2019
iamthemorning – Six Feet (03:56) from The Bell, 2019
Cheeto’s Magazine – Ready to Rumble (05:06) from Amazingous, 2019

Progradar’s Picks
Bent Knee – It Happens (05:05) from You Know What They Mean, 2019
Eloy – Joy (03:45) from The Vision,The Sword And The Pyre (Part II), 2019
Afenginn – Vitin (the Lighthouse) (06:26) from Klingra, 2019
Franck Carducci – Torn Apart (10:17) from Torn Apart, 2015

Brighteye Brison – The Magician Chronicles pt. 2 (36:52) from V, 2019

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Sep 282019
 
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The new European Perspective presenter team – injecting new blood into the tired old format.

This time on The European Perspective:

  • New release round up – Opeth, Thieves’ Kitchen, Kaprekar’s Constant, and more.
  • Progradar’s Picks, featuring The Flower Kings, Leprous, Tool and from the archives, classic Marillion
  • More of the best in British and European progressive music!

Frost* – Numbers (04:22) from Falling Satellites, 2016
Frost* – Towerblock (06:14) from Falling Satellites, 2016
Lonely Robot – Ancient Ascendant (05:47) from Under Stars, 2019
The Neal Morse Band – I Got to Run (06:05) from The Great Adventure, 2019
Kaprekar’s Constant – Ghost Planes (10:41) from Depth Of Field, 2019
Opeth – Lovelorn Crime (06:34) from In Cauda Venenum, 2019
Thieves’ Kitchen – Eilmer (09:33) from Genius Loci, 2019
King Crimson – Heroes (04:30) from Audio Diary 2014-2018, 2019
Caravan – The Dog, The Dog, He’s At It Again (05:56) from For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night, 1973
The Kentish Spires – Horsa From Beyond The Grave (06:18) from Sprezzatura, 2019
Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion  – Parallel Life (21:46) from Parallel Life, 2019

Progradar’s Picks
The Flower Kings – Black Flag (07:40) from Waiting For Miracles, 2019
Leprous – Below (05:53) from Pitfalls, 2019
Tool – Culling Voices (10:05) from Fear Inoculum, 2019
Marillion – Seasons End (08:08) from Seasons End, 1989

Cosmograf – Sharks (08:17) from Mind Over Depth, 2019
Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun (05:31) from Lightbulb Sun, 2000
DeeExpus Project – One Eight (07:40) from Half Way Home, 2008
Moron Police – The Invisible King (04:06) from A Boat on the Sea, 2019
Magic Pie – The Man Who Had It All (05:35) from Fragments of the 5th Element, 2019
Anti-Depressive Delivery – Terminal (03:57) from Chain of Foods, 2007
Big Big Train – Fat Billy Shouts Mine (06:27) from Far Skies Deep Time, 2010
Ciccada – Isabella Sunset (06:09) from A Child In The Mirror, 2010
Glass Hammer – Beyond, Within (11:46) from If, 2010
Shineback – Kill Devil Hills (13:24) from Dial, 2018

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Sep 012019
 
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The new presenter team for The European Perspective left much to be desired…

In this episode of The European Perspective:

  • New releases from The Kentish Spires, Hats Off Gentlemen, It’s Adequate, This Winter Machine, and more
  • Progradar’s Picks, with a time-busting selection from Martin
  • HEEP!!!!!

The Far Meadow – Travelogue (18:46) from Foreign Land, 2019
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate – Ark (11:48) from Ark, 2019
This Winter Machine – Justified (04:40) from A Tower Of Clocks, 2019
The Kentish Spires – Never tell On You (06:11) from Sprezzatura, 2019
Mats/Morgan Band – La Baratte (05:51) from Thanks for Flying With Us, 2005
Vulfpeck – Dean Town (03:33) from The Beautiful Game, 2016
KNOWER – All Time (03:46) from LIFE, 2016

Progradar’s Picks
IQ – The Great Spirit Way (21:45) from Resistance, 2019
Ray Alder – What Water Wanted (03:46) from What The Water Wants, 2019
HMFC – Parallel Life (21:46) from Parallel Life, 2019
Threshold – Lost In Translation (10:20) from Legends Of The Shires, 2017

Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins – Chatfield Manor (08:17) from Sluggo (2013 Mix), 1997
Mike Keneally – Time Table (06:16) from After The Storm: For the Survivors of Hurricane Katrina, 2006
Stanley Snail, Nick D’Virgilio, Mike Keneally, Kevin Gilbert & Bryan Beller – Siberian Khatru (08:09) from Tales from Yesterday: A View from the South Side of the Sky, 1995
Uriah Heep – The Wizard (03:13) from Celebration: Forty Years Of Rock, 2009
Uriah Heep – July Morning (08:46) from Celebration: Forty Years Of Rock ,2009
Uriah Heep – Gypsy (04:33) from Celebration: Forty Years Of Rock, 2009
National Health – Dreams Wide Awake (08:51) from Of Queues And Cures, 1978
Matching Mole – Instant Kitten (04:58) from Matching Mole, 1972
Moving Gelatine Plates – Breakdown (06:31) from Removing, 2006
Argos – When the Tide Comes In (18:47) from Unidentified Dying Objects, 2018

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Aug 252019
 
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“I hear Pure Reason Revolution have reformed, Lewis”. “What are you talking about, Sir?”

In this edition of The European Perspective:

  • A new release roundup, including music from Nad Sylvan, The Tea Club, North Sea Radio Orchestra, and much more
  • Progradar’s Picks, featuring Rise Twain, Richard Henshall, Moron Police and from the archives, Cosmograf
  • Other stuff I fancied playing…

Pure Reason Revolution – Aeropause/Goshen’s Remains/Apprentice Of The Universe (15:08) from The Dark Third, 2006
The Bob Lazar Story – Hooves & Broken Biscuits (04:32) from Vanquisher, 2019
Tidehouse – Mortals (04:12) from The Bean, 2019
Charlie Cawood – Flicker Out Of Being (04:27) from Blurring Into Motion, 2019
The Tangent – The Adulthood Lie (16:06) from Proxy, 2018

Progradar’s Picks
Moron Police – Captain Awkward (05:12) from A Boat on the Sea, 2019
Richard Henshall – Afterglow (05:16) from Cocoon, 2019
Rise Twain – Golden (06:12) from Rise Twain, 2019
Cosmograf – Stuck In The Wood (06:27) from Capacitor, 2014

Mindspeak – When Giants Cry (09:47) from Eclipse Chaser, 2019
Sarcophagus Now – Samma Gamla Samba (07:01) from Maneter, 2019
Abel Ganz – End of Rain (05:33) from Abel Ganz, 2014
North Sea Radio Orchestra – O Caroline (05:09) from Folly Bololey (Songs from Robert Wyatt’s Rock Bottom), 2019
Soft Machine – Hazard Profile Part 1 (19:02) from Bundles, 1975
Steeleye Span – The Cruel Ship’s Carpenter (06:25) from Est’d 1969, 2019
Big Big Train – Voyager (14:03) from Grand Tour, 2019
Farmhouse Odyssey – Shipwreck (05:48) from Rise of the Waterfowl, 2016
Orbital – Sad But True (07:48) from Snivilisation, 1994
Sting – Why Should I Cry For You? (04:47) from The Soul Cages, 1991
Nad Sylvan – Whoa (Always Been Without You) (07:22) from The Regal Bastard, 2019
IZZ – Moment Of Inertia (09:46) from Don’t Panic, 2019
The Tea Club – Rivermen (06:36) from If/When, 2019
Caravan – L’Auberge du Sanglier/A Hunting We Shall Go/Pengola/Backwards/A Hunting We Shall Go (10:03) from For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night, 1973

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Aug 182019
 
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The second part of my canter through the Bad Elephant Music catalogue! More genre fluid madness from the label’s unique roster of bands.

If you like any of these albums, then please consider investing in a CD or two – it helps keep the label going, and supporting exciting new music. Head along to the Bandcamp store for more details.


Simon Godfrey – Teahead (06:56) from Black Bag Archive Vol. 2, 2016
The Fierce And The Dead – Part 2 (05:01) from If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe (2016 remaster), 2016
Rog Patterson – Flightless (12:50) from Flightless (2016 remaster), 2016
Big Hogg – Vegan Mother’s Day (02:53) from Gargoyles, 2017
Orange Clocks – Out Of The Aether/Utopean Dream/Theme From Tope’s Sphere (04:30) from Tope’s Sphere 2, 2017
Tom Slatter – Set Light To The Sky (04:54) from Happy People, 2017
The Bob Lazar Story – LOL, defiantly (03:51) from Baritonia, 2017
Syncage – Bearing the Colour (05:05) from Unlike Here, 2017
Valdez – Black Eyed Susans (04:25) from This, 2017
Schnauser – Chinese Brainworm (Taenia Solium) (04:49) from Irritant, 2017
Sky Architect – Sandwalker (09:30) from Nomad, 2017
Robert Ramsay – Tramps In Their Purest Form (06:56) from Confound And Disturb, 2017
My Tricksy Spirit – Always With You (08:18) from My Tricksy Spirit, 2017
Whitewater – Easier to Breathe (04:20) from Universal Medium, 2017
Trojan Horse – How You Gonna Get By? (06:13) from Fukushima Surfer Boys, 2017
Shineback – Safe As Houses (05:24) from Minotaur, 2017
Charlie Cawood – The Divine Abstract: The Earths Answer (03:26) from The Divine Abstract, 2017
Murder and Parliament – Crookedness (04:53) from Murder and Parliament, 2017
Simon Godfrey – One Mile Straight Down (02:38) from Black Bag Archive Vol.3, 2017
Tonochrome – Humbled And Broken (05:40) from A Map In Fragments, 2018
Fractal Mirror – Hey You (04:58) from Close To Vapour, 2018
Mothertongue – The Creature Tree (05:24) from Where The Moonlight Snows, 2018
Reformat – Astrograms (03:47) from The Singularity, 2018
The Fierce And The Dead – 1991 (04:24) from The Euphoric, 2018
Matt Baber – Part Six (03:42) from Suite For Piano and Electronics, 2018
Argos – Beneath the Valley Of Sleep (04:07) from Unidentified Dying Objects, 2018
Mike Kershaw – I Wish Your Eyes Were Mine (05:02) from Arms Open Wide, 2018
Shineback – The Gentleman (06:59) from Dial, 2018
Sanguine Hum – Bedhead (05:50) from Now We Have Power, 2018
Saul Blease – Hellfighter (05:18) from The Great War, 2018
Simon Godfrey – Boatrace Day (original version) (03:12) from Black Bag Archive Vol. 4, 2018
Lost Crowns – Sound As Colour (07:40) from Every Night Something Happens, 2019
Duke 72 – Isadora (04:09) from The Mid Shires Herald, 2019
Joost Maglev – Judith episode ii (06:31) from Alter Ego, 2019
The Far Meadow – Sulis Rise (08:32) from Foreign Land, 2019
Brighteye Brison – The Quest Of Quarrel (12:33) from V, 2019
The Gift – Wild Roses (06:27) from Antenna, 2019
We Are Kin – Paper Boat (10:33) from Bruised Sky, 2019
Tom Slatter – Wizards Of This Town (05:28) from Demon, 2019

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Jul 212019
 
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In a change from your usual programming, this and the next episode of The European Perspective see Wilf rambling on about his record label, Bad Elephant Music, and playing songs from all the albums they’ve released. Which is actually a lot more interesting than it sounds…


Shineback – We Rescue (04:46), 2018
Shineback – May You Live In Interesting Times/Is This The Dream? (06:50) from Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed, 2013
The Fierce And The Dead – Ark (04:04) from Spooky Action, 2013
Simon Godfrey – Tearing Up The Room (03:09) from Motherland, 2014
The Gift – The Willows (12:01) from Land of Shadows, 2014
The Gift – The Turning Of The Tide/Awake & Dreaming (04:56) from Awake & Dreaming, 2006
Emmett Elvin – Artificial Pterodactyls Over Leytonstone (05:03) from Bloody Marvels, 2014
Trojan Horse – Sesame (06:56) from World Turned Upside Down, 2014
AudioPlastik – It Matters So Much (05:04) from In The Head Of A Maniac, 2015
jh – I Wanna Spend My Summer With A Rich Girl (03:58) from Morning Sun – The Best of jh, 2015
We Are Kin – Tides Of Midnight (04:55) from Pandora, 2015
Tom Slatter – Some Of The Creatures Have Broken The Locks On The Door To Lab 558 (07:29) from Fit the Fourth, 2015
Emmett Elvin – Starbuck’s End (03:43) from Emmettronica 1998-2012, 2015
The Fierce And The Dead – Palm Trees (04:00) from Magnet, 2015
Twice Bitten – Endplay (05:02) from Late Cut, 2015
Simon Godfrey – Wear My Name (04:06) from Black Bag Archive Vol. 1, 2015
The Room – My Friend Jack (05:03) from Beyond The Gates Of Bedlam, 2015
Jack Arthurs – Feel Your Pain (04:07) from Treasure House, 2016
N.y.X. – A Sarcastic Portrait (Editorial, Home and Foreign, Politics, Chronicle…) (06:15) from The News, 2016
Matthew Parmenter – Digital (03:40) from All Our Yesterdays, 2016
The Rube Goldberg Machine – Man of Glass (04:19) from Fragile Times, 2016
Mothertongue – King of the Tyrant Lizards (04:28) from Unsongs, 2016
Konchordat – Save Me From The Rain (07:57) from Rise To The Order, 2016
Nine Stones Close – Spoils (16:35) from Leaves, 2016
Mike Kershaw – Two Eyes (04:20) from What Lies Beneath, 2016
Paradigm Shift – Masquerade (09:34) from Becoming Aware, 2016
Heliopolis – Take a Moment (09:28) from Epic At The Majestic: Heliopolis Live at RoSFest, 2016
Matt Stevens – Peccadillo (03:38) from Archive, 2016
Emmett Elvin – Heartburster (06:00) from Assault on the Tyranny of Reason, 2016
Under A Banner – Birdsong (04:24) from The Wild Places, 2016
Sphelm – Prince Rupert’s Drop (06:45) from These Roots Know No Boundaries, 2016
Verbal Delirium – Close To You (06:35) from The Imprisoned Words Of Fear, 2016
The Gift – Tuesday’s Child (09:45) from Why The Sea Is Salt, 2016
The Far Meadow – The Seamless Shirt (09:16) from Given The Impossible, 2016

 Posted by at 3:48 pm
Jul 142019
 
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On The European Perspective this week:

  • More songs, old and new, from across the world and spanning genres
  • Progradar’s Picks, featuring Pattern Seeking Animals, IZZ and This Winter Machine

Karmakanic – 1969 (14:13) from In A Perfect World, 2011
King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part IV (14:04) from The ConstruKction of Light, 1999
King Crimson – Level Five (07:15) from The Power To Believe, 2002
Sanguine Hum – Juniper (05:48) from What We Ask Is Where We Begin, 2016
North Atlantic Oscillation – Chirality (04:05) from Fog Electric, 2012
Sand – Meanwhile (04:21) from Sand, 2013
Joe Jackson – My House (04:27) from Laughter & Lust, 1991
The Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (03:28) from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (deluxe edition), 2017
Wishbone Ash – Warrior (05:52) from Argus, 1972
Thank You Scientist – Son of a Serpent (08:06) from Terraformer, 2019
Pink Floyd – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (05:27) from A Saucerful Of Secrets, 1968
Gentle Giant – A Cry for Everyone (04:07) from Octopus, 2017
The Necks – Overhear (16:18) from Unfold, 2017

Progradar’s Picks
Pattern-Seeking Animals – Orphans Of The Universe (10:28) from Pattern-Seeking Animals, 2019
This Winter Machine – Herald (08:45) from A Tower Of Clocks, 2019
IZZ – 42 (18:41) from Don’t Panic, 2019

Motorpsycho – Lux Aeterna (10:56) from The Crucible, 2019
Billy Cobham – Quadrant 4 (04:21) from Spectrum , 1973
Tortoise – The Taut And Tame (05:02) from Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 1996
Pat Metheny Group – Phase Dance (08:03) from Travels, 1983
Chicago Transit Authority – Questions 67 And 68 (Remastered) (05:02) from Chicago Transit Authority, 1969
Frank Zappa – Son Of Mr.Green Genes (08:59) from Hot Rats, 1969
Focus – Hamburger Concerto (20:20) from Hamburger Concerto, 1974

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