Jun 242018
 
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Midsummer in Sweden. This week’s guest playlister, Johan Mårtensson is one of the dancers. Probably.

In this Midsummer’s Eve episode of The European Perspective:

  • Johan Mårtensson, our most loyal Swedish listener, chooses his Top Ten progressive music releases since 2000 for TEP250
  • Martin’s Progradar’s Picks feature starfish64, Southern Empire, Kalman Filter and sort of from the archives, Midge Ure
  • New releases from Strangefish, The Sea Within and The C:Live Collective, plus Twelfth Night‘s expanded deluxe reissue of their seminal Fact And Fiction album from 1982

Chicago Transit Authority – Introduction (06:35) from Chicago Transit Authority, 1969
Strangefish – Progress In Reverse (08:41) from The Spotlight Effect, 2018
The Sea Within – They Know My Name (05:10) from The Sea Within, 2018
The C:live Collective – This City Is London (Gospel Mix) (05:05) from This City Is London, 2018
Tim Bowness – This City (04:42) from Fact And Fiction – The Definitive Edition, 2018
Pendragon – Human Being (06:51) from Fact And Fiction – The Definitive Edition, 2018
Twelfth Night – We Are Sane (live 1983) (11:54) from Fact And Fiction – The Definitive Edition, 2018
Argos – The Hunter’s Last Stand (07:28) from Unidentified Dying Objects, 2018
The Fierce And The Dead – The Euphoric (03:54) from The Euphoric, 2018
Reformat – Vectrex (04:11) from The Singularity, 2018
Matt Baber – Part Five (04:38) from Suite For Piano and Electronics, 2018
Sanguine Hum – Before We Bow Down (04:44) from What We Ask Is Where We Begin, 2016
Thieves’ Kitchen – Germander Speedwell (14:33) from One For Sorrow, Two For Joy, 2013

The European Perspective 250 – Johan Mårtensson
Haken – The Point of No Return (11:29) from Aquarius, 2017
Elbow – Lippy Kids (06:06) from Build A Rocket Boys!, 2011
Nerve Toy Trio – Mushroom Attitude (11:52) from Accidental Bar-B-Que, 2016
Gong – Portal (07:08) from 2032, 2009
Moon Safari – A Kid Called Panic (13:58) from Lover’s End, 2010
Mr So & So – New Years Day (03:14) from Sugarstealer, 2009
Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – The Curtain (15:09) from Sylva, 2015
Verbal Delirium – Images From A Grey World (06:35) from The Imprisoned Words Of Fear, 2016
Transatlantic – The Wind Blew Them All Away (06:10) from The Whirlwind, 2009
Modest Midget – Contemporary Ache (05:17) from The Great Prophecy of a Small Man, 2010

Progradar’s Picks
starfish64 – Yesterdays Favourite Smile (04:46) from The Future In Reverse, 2018
Southern Empire – Goliath’s Moon (09:12) from Civilisation, 2018
Kalman Filter – Karus (14:34) from Exo-Oceans, 2018
Midge Ure – Hymn (Orchestrated) (06:56) from Orchestrated, 2018

The Tangent – Supper’s Off (08:17) from L’Etagere Du Travail, 2013
The Andy Tillison Multiplex – 3rd Movement: Ostinato (Shown) (06:50) from Electric Sinfonia 2, 2014
Andy Tillison Diskdrive – The Hood Of A Dodge (09:42) from Durch, 2016
The Tangent – The Celluloid Road (21:37) from A Spark In The Aether, 2015

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May 282018
 
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In this episode of The European Perspective:

  • A TEP250 Top Ten from one of the show’s longest-standing supporters, songwriter, musician and wit extraordinaire, Simon Godfrey. We also spin a few tunes from Simon’s extensive back catalogue, and chat about Shineback and Valdez
  • A blast from the past with a big chunk of Chris Squire’s classic solo album, Fish Out Of Water
  • Progradar‘s Picks, featuring Tumbletown, Glass Hammer, Haken, and from the archives, Moon Safari
  • Japanese Zeuhl, anyone?

…plus a couple of mini-sets featuring music from France and the USA, and The Fierce And The Dead topping and tailing with cuts from their bangin’ new album, The Euphoric.


The Fierce And The Dead – Dancing Robots (04:03) from The Euphoric, 2018
Chris Squire – Hold Out Your Hand/You By My Side/Silently Falling (20:38) from Fish Out Of Water, 1975
Alco Frisbass – Arcane Majeur (07:13) from Le Bateleur, 2018
Lazuli – Chronique Canine (06:17) from Saison 8, 2018
Ange – Jour De Chance Pour Un Poète En Mal De Rime (08:50) from Heureux!, 2018

The European Perspective 250 – Simon Godfrey
Queens Of The Stone Age – Hangin’ Tree (03:06) from Songs For The Deaf, 2002
Animals As Leaders – Song of Solomon (04:17) from Animals as Leaders, 2009
Mutemath – Stare At The Sun (01:23) from Mutemath, 2007
Dream the Electric Sleep – Elizabeth (08:22) from Heretics, 2014
Pendulum – The Fountain (feat. Steven Wilson) (05:01) from Immersion, 2010
Black Bonzo – Thorns Upon a Crown (06:51) from Sound of the Apocalypse, 2007
Echolyn – Texas Dust (05:16) from Cowboy Poems Free, 2000
Field Music – Let’s Write A Book (03:41) from Measure, 2010
North Atlantic Oscillation – Elsewhere (05:38) from The Third Day, 2014
Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla (04:32) from Takk…, 2005

Simon Godfrey – Teahead (06:56) from Black Bag Archive Vol. 2, 2016
Tinyfish – Eat The Ashes (03:18) from Driving All Night, 2008
Shineback – Minotaur (09:15) from Minotaur, 2017
3RDegree – Logical Conclusion (06:40) from Ones & Zeros: Vol. 0, 2018
The Aaron Clift Experiment – Absent Lovers (08:15) from If All Goes Wrong, 2018
The Samurai Of Prog – The Sleeping Lover (08:33) from Archiviarum, 2018
Koenji Hyakkei – Wammilica Iffirom (08:39) from Angherr Shisspa, 2005
Magma – Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré III (13:08) from Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré, 2009
Universal Totem Orchestra – Mors, Ultima Linea Rerum (17:31) from The Magus, 2008

Progradar’s Picks
TumbleTown – One Giant Stage (05:00) from Never Too Late, 2018
Glass Hammer – No Mans Land (14:44) from Mostly Live In Italy, 2018
Haken – Visions (23:35) from L-1VE, 2018
Moon Safari – Constant Bloom/Methuselah’s Children (17:10) from [blomljud], 2008

The Fierce And The Dead – Parts 7 & 8 (06:48) from The Euphoric, 2018

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May 202018
 
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Martin Hutchinson – the loneliness of the long distance prog fan.

In this episode:

  • Martin Hutchinson of Progradar joins me for the whole show to talk about his Top 20 albums since 2000 for TEP250.
  • This is a very prog show indeed.
  • No, seriously. None more prog.

Transatlantic – All Of The Above (30:59) from SMPTe, 2000
Martin Orford – The Time and the Season (10:46) from The Old Road, 2008
Big Big Train – Brave Captain (12:38) from Grimspound, 2017
Riverside – Time Travellers (06:42) from Love, Fear and the Time Machine, 2015
Hibernal – Disconnection (10:00) from The Machine, 2013
Tony Patterson and Brendan EyreNorthbound (24:04) from Northlands, 2014
Leprous – Third Law (06:19) from The Congregation, 2015
Opeth – Era (05:42) from Sorceress, 2016
Änglagård – Kung Bore (15:21) from Prog På Svenska – Live In Japan, 2014
Bjørn Riis – Where Are You Now? (07:32) from Forever Comes to an End, 2017
Demians – White Chalk (04:06) from Mercury, 2014
Shadowlight – Winter (07:30) from Twilight Canvas, 2013
Magenta – Ladyland Blues (10:47) from The Twenty Seven Club, 2013
Flamborough Head – Lost In Time (12:15) from Lost In time, 2013
Spock’s Beard – Waiting For Me (12:37) from Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, 2013
Glass Hammer – No Mans Land (14:20) from Valkyrie, 2016
Cosmograf – Hay-Man (12:37) from The Hay-Man Dreams, 2017
Steven Wilson – Drive Home (07:37) from The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), 2013
Porcupine Tree – Anesthetize (17:42) from Fear Of A Blank Planet, 2007
Abel Ganz – Obsolescence (23:23) from Abel Ganz, 2014

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Apr 282018
 
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In this week’s European Perspective:

  • A fond farewell to The Dividing Line Broadcast Network, our home since 2008.
  • Another Top Ten for the TEP250, this time from one of our longest-standing and most loyal listeners, Cosmin Sirbu, maybe our only Romanian listener(?)
  • Progradar’s Picks, featuring The Aaron Clift Experiment, Talitha Rise, The Slyde and from the archives, Mr. So & So
  • Deeper cuts from a bunch of recent(ish) releases

 Frost* – The Dividing Line (16:43) from The Philadelphia Experiment, 2013
Malady – Etsijän elinehto (05:35) from Toinen Toista, 2018
Knekklectric – Ski no (07:35) from For Mange Melodia, 2017
Pingvinorkestern – Save Me (07:06) from Look – No Hands!, 2017
Clouds Can – Like Any Angel (06:17) from Leave, 2017
Kotebel – Mishma’s Dream (05:28) from Cosmology, 2017
Kaprekar’s Constant – King Of Cards (21:26) from Fate Outsmarts Desire, 2017

The European Perspective 250 – Cosmin Sirbu
Moon Safari – Yasgur’s Farm (08:06) from [blomljud], 2008
Unitopia – Gone in the Blink of an Eye (05:49) from Artificial, 2010
The Tangent – Follow Your Leaders (09:22) from A Place in the Queue, 2006
Beardfish – Harmony (07:21) from Sleeping in Traffic, Part One, 2007
Karmakanic – There’s Nothing Wrong With The World (07:22) from In A Perfect World, 2011
Glass Hammer – Third Floor (11:04) from The Breaking Of The World, 2015
The Flower Kings – Silent Inferno (14:22) from Unfold The Future, 2002
Red Bazar – Lights Of Home (12:25) from Tales From The Bookcase, 2016
Thieves’ Kitchen – Of Sparks And Spires (12:50) from One For Sorrow, Two For Joy, 2013
The Gift – The Comforting Cold (19:39) from Land of Shadows, 2014

Arabs In Aspic – Syndenes magi (12:21) from Syndenes Magi, 2017
Agusa – Den Förtrollade skogen (08:34) from Agusa, 2017
Godsticks – Everdrive (08:08) from Faced With Rage, 2017

Progradar’s Picks
 The Aaron Clift Experiment – Faith (04:51) from If All Goes Wrong2018
 Talitha Rise – The Lake (04:51) from An Abandoned Orchid House2018
 The Slyde – So Blind (04:21) from Awakening2018
 Mr. So & So – Please (10:21) from Truths, Lies & Half Lies2013

I Am The Manic Whale – The Man With Many Faces (07:33) from Gathering The Waters, 2017
Von Hertzen Brothers – Frozen Butterflies (04:03) from War Is Over, 2017
 Premiata Forneria Marconi – La Danza Degli Specchi (06:04) from Emotional Tattoos, 2017
Kaipa – What’s Behind the Fields (09:32) from Children of the Sounds, 2017
Big Big Train – London Plane sequence (i) Turner on the Thames (ii) London Plane (13:17) from The Second Brightest Star, 2017
Tangekanic – Steer By The Stars (14:43) from Hotel Cantaffordit, 2018

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Apr 142018
 
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This week’s show is a continuation of the 250th show celebrations, featuring a Top Ten of albums since 2000 from Daniel Zambas, keyboard player and guitarist with Manchester-based band We Are Kin. As you’d expect from a gentleman of eclectic tastes like Dan, it’s a pretty interesting bunch!

Add Progradar’s Picks, a clutch of new releases, and yet more music from the archives and you’ve got one monster of a podcast!


King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II) (07:23) from Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, 1973

The C:Live Collective – The Fifth Estate – Part One (The Dictator Speaks) (11:51) from The Age Of Insanity, 2018

Gleb Kolyadin – Insight (04:12) from Gleb Kolyadin, 2018

IO Earth – Madness (08:34) from Solitude, 2018

A Silent Sound – Setting Foot On The Hills (08:18) from Compass, 2017

Sonar With David Torn – Waves And Particles (07:54) from Vortex, 2018

Lazuli – Mes amis, mes frères (05:47) from Saison 8, 2018

Weend’o – Angel Dust (08:20) from Time of Awakening, 2018

Jem Godfrey & Simon Godfrey – Answer 7 (Simon) (04:18) from Six Questions, Twelve Answers, 2018

Lydian Collective – Overnight (06:57) from Adventure, 2018

Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – The Curtain (15:09) from Sylva, 2015

The Albion Band – Thieves Song (04:31) from The Vice Of The People, 2012

Show of Hands – The Napoli (03:11) from Arrogance Ignorance and Greed, 2009

Frost* – No Me No You (06:05) from Milliontown, 2006

Paul Weller – Can You Heal Us (Holy Man) (03:41) from Wild Wood, 1993

Rosie Vela – Interlude (04:07) from Zazu, 1986

Steely Dan – Deacon Blues (07:37) from Aja, 1991

The European Perspective Top 250 – Daniel Zambas

Echolyn – All This Time We’re Given (07:59) from I Heard You Listening, 2015

Bent Knee – Nakami (05:20) from Say So, 2016

Bent Knee – In God We Trust (05:21) from Shiny Eyed Babies, 2014

Emmett Elvin – Harmonium Phosphate (03:34) from Bloody Marvels, 2014

Mike Keneally – Cat Bran Sammich Pt.1/You Named Me/Cat Bran Sammich Pt.2 (08:09) from Scambot 1, 2009

N.y.X. – The Paper (Titles & Subtitles) (05:25) from The News, 2016

Radiohead – Life in a Glasshouse (04:35) from Amnesiac, 2001

Shineback – Blog Medley (18:51) from Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed, 2013

The Fierce And The Dead – Part 6 (The 8th Circuit) (03:57) from Magnet, 2015

Trojan Horse – Paper Bells (05:40) from World Turned Upside Down, 2014

Barenaked Ladies – Enid (04:08) from Gordon, 1992

David Sylvian – Silver Moon (06:19) from Gone to Earth, 2004

Genesis – The Cinema Show (10:41) from Selling England by the Pound, 1973

Progradar’s Picks

Shadowlight – Unending (11:53) from Stars Above The City, 2018

Riversea – Blasphemy (05:34) from The Tide, 2018

Dream The Electric Sleep – The River Current (06:47) from The Giants’ Newground, 2018

Spock’s Beard – To Breathe Another Day (05:38) from Noise Floor, 2018

Big Big Train – Pick Up If You’re There (13:40) from The Difference Machine, 2007

Richard Thompson – Sibella (04:15) from Mock Tudor, 1999

Be-Bop Deluxe – Blazing Apostles (04:30) from Sunburst Finish, 1976

North Atlantic Oscillation – Dust (07:28) from The Third Day, 2014

Nic Jones – Canadee-I-O (06:00) from Penguin Eggs, 1980

Bluetones – Talking To Clarry (06:53) from Expecting To Fly, 1996

Roy Harper – The Same Old Rock (12:25) from Stormcock, 1971

Spock’s Beard – Made Alive Again/Wind At My Back (08:28) from Snow, 2002

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Apr 082018
 
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At last, the final instalment of our review of 2017 – only four months into the following year!


Wobbler – From Silence to Somewhere (21:00) from From Silence to Somewhere, 2017
Amplifier – Horse (06:41) from Trippin’ With Dr. Faustus, 2017
Iconic Eye – Black Country Lady (05:46) from Into the Light, 2017
Lunatic Soul – Anymore (04:36) from Fractured, 2017
Godsticks – Open Your Eyes (05:04) from Faced With Rage, 2017
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate – Last Man on the Moon (06:02) from Broken but Still Standing, 2017
Thumpermonkey – This Is Not A Fire (05:04) from Electricity, 2017
Sons Of Apollo – Alive (05:06) from Psychotic Symphony, 2017
Trojan Horse – Fukushima Surfer Boys (03:42) from Fukushima Surfer Boys, 2017
Glass Hammer – Cool Air (09:44) from Untold Tales, 2017
Special Providence – A Magnetic Moment (05:15) from Will, 2017
Believe – II (09:09) from Seven Widows, 2017
Agusa – Sorgenfri (05:00) from Agusa, 2017

Progradar’s Picks
Mother of Millions – Silence (08:14) from Sigma, 2017
Human Pyramids – Canned Thunder (03:34) from Home, 2017
Marco De Angelis – Last Train (05:49) from Next Station, 2017
Drifting Sun – Mystery of Lies (05:46) from Twilight, 2017
Findlay Napier – Cod Liver Oil And Orange Juice (03:56) from Glasgow, 2017

Premiata Forneria Marconi – Oniro (06:07) from Emotional Tattoos, 2017
Major Parkinson – Night Hitcher (05:47) from Blackbox, 2017
I Am The Manic Whale – The Lifeboatmen (11:22) from Gathering The Waters, 2017
Charlie Cawood – Garden of the Mind (06:44) from The Divine Abstract, 2017
Lee Abraham – Find Another Way (07:07) from Colours, 2017
Tiger Moth Tales – Take The Memory (07:10) from The Depths Of Winter, 2017
Knekklectric – Prokrastinera igjen (06:09) from For Mange Melodia, 2017
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere – Graced With Secrets (08:01) from 03, 2017
Simon Godfrey – More Power Than Bombs (04:03) from Black Bag Archive Vol.3, 2017
Arabs In Aspic – Mörket 3 (20:20) from Syndenes Magi, 2017

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Apr 012018
 
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Happy Easter everyone!

This time around we continue our stately meander through the excellent crop of proggy releases from 2017, with absolutely no mention of Easter whatsoever – though I did munch a few chocolate buttons at one point.


My Tricksy Spirit – Always With You (08:18) from My Tricksy Spirit, 2017
Kaipa – Like a Serpentine (12:52) from Children of the Sounds, 2017
Christiaan Bruin’s Inventions – The Turing Test (04:16) from Meta, 2017
Gentle Knife – Fade Away (07:23) from Clock Unwound, 2017
Sky Architect – Dune (06:26) from Nomad, 2017
Amarok – Distorted Soul (05:33) from Hunt, 2017
Comedy Of Errors – Ever Be The Prize (09:00) from House of the Mind, 2017
Bent Knee – These Hands (05:37) from Land Animal, 2017
Robert Ramsay – Tramps In Their Purest Form (06:56) from Confound And Disturb, 2017
Big Big Train – The Leaden Stour (07:19) from The Second Brightest Star, 2017
PBII – Mother (04:43) from ROCKET! The Dreams Of Wubbo Ockels, 2017
KingBathmat – Feathers (08:53) from Dark Days, 2017
Jet Black Sea – Cathedral (07:17) from Absorption Lines, 2017
Discipline – Love Songs (03:42) from Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea, 2017
Kotebel – Cosmology Suite – Mechanical Universe (07:54) from Cosmology, 2017
Karibow – System Of A Dream (07:27) from From Here To The Impossible, 2017

Progradar’s Picks
Linus Kåse – Smile (02:47) from I, 2017
Steven Wilson – Permanating (03:35) from To The Bone, 2017
Threshold – Lost In Translation (10:20) from Legends Of The Shires, 2017
Nordic Giants – Dystopia (05:31) from Amplify Human Vibration, 2017
Blue Rose Code – Over The Fields (For John) (04:11) from The Water Of Leith, 2017

Public Service Broadcasting – Progress (03:26) from Every Valley, 2017
RTFACT – Gotika (05:03) from Life Is Good, 2017
Kim Seviour – Recovery Is Learning (04:40) from Recovery Is Learning, 2017
Shineback – Safe As Houses (05:24) from Minotaur, 2017
Richard Wileman – Ghost (03:34) from Ghost, 2017
Pingvinorkestern – Walk Slowly (05:52) from Look – No Hands!, 2017
The Dhol Foundation – Mother Tongue (03:50) from Basant, 2017
House by the Lake – Glacial Pace (04:01) from Out Of The Woods, 2017
CIRCU5 – Blame It On Me (04:44) from CIRCU5, 2017
Lifesigns – Different (09:19) from Cardington, 2017
Johannes Luley – Sister Six (05:33) from QITARA, 2017
Cirkus – Johnny Got His Gun (06:42) from Wild Dogs, 2017
Whitewater – Fallen (05:29) from Universal Medium, 2017
Lucie Treacher – Kite (03:34) from Wunderkabinett, 2017
The Tangent – A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road (17:31) from The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery, 2017

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Mar 242018
 
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“If you play any more of that Scott Walker album, Trenwith, I’m showing you my arse”

Another selection of 21st century favourites this week, from notable progressive rock reviewer Roger Trenwith, of The Progressive Aspect fame. Some of Rog’s selections are a little more unusual than the norm, but that’s all part of the fun.

Also, a new release roundup, and Martin is back with Progradar’s Picks!


Was (Not Was) – Walk the Dinosaur (04:22) from What’s Up, Dog?, 1988

 Mother Turtle – Zea Mice part 1 – #Cornhub (08:07) from Zea Mice, 2018

Subsignal – Stars Don’t Shine (05:14) from La Muerta, 2018

Reformat – Zeldan Skies (04:59) from The Singularity, 2018

Anthony Phillips – Which Way The Wind Blows (05:52) from The Geese And The Ghost, 1977

Kate Bush – Mother Stands For Comfort (03:08) from Hounds Of Love, 1985

Pat Metheny Group – Phase Dance (08:03) from Travels, 1983

Cardiacs – Dirty Boy (08:55) from Sing To God, 1996

The European Perspective Top 250 – Roger Trenwith

King Crimson – The World’s My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum (06:24) from The ConstruKction of Light, 2000

North Sea Radio Orchestra – Vishnu Schist (05:49) from Dronne, 2016

Porcupine Tree – Lips Of Ashes (04:39) from In Absentia, 2002

Knifeworld – The Deathless (05:26) from Bottled Out Of Eden, 2016

Emmett Elvin – Dozy Phantoms (03:34) from Assault on the Tyranny of Reason, 2016

Robert Wyatt – Just a Bit (05:11) from Cuckooland, 2003

Scott Walker – Epizootics! (09:41) from Bish Bosch, 2012

No-Man – Photographs In Black And White (10:03) from Together We’re Stranger, 2003

Ulver – Glammer Hammer (04:50) from Atgclvlsscap, 2016

Van Der Graaf Generator – Man-Erg (live) (11:40) from Merlin Atmos Live Performances 2013, 2015

The Tangent – Titanic Calls Carpathia (16:36) from Comm, 2011

Sterbus – Dirty Boy (07:56) from Leader of the Starry Skies: A Loyal Companion, 2010

The Watch – Masks (06:24) from Seven, 2017

Cornelius – Point Of View Point (03:54) from Point, 2001

Progradar’s Picks

Emperor Norton – Act III: Arrow (15:39) from Emperor Norton, 2018

Zombie Picnic – They See Science as Dangerous (09:10) from Rise of a New Ideology, 2018

Malady – Nurja puoli (22:58) from Toinen toista, 2018

The Fierce And The Dead – 1991 (04:26) from The Euphoric, 2018

Mothertongue – Sunset Rose (03:57) from Where The Moonlight Snows, 2018

Fractal Mirror – Book (04:27) from Close To Vapour, 2018

Tonochrome – Border Crossings (05:28) from A Map In Fragments, 2018

Pingvinorkestern – Free Fall (04:25) from Look – No Hands!, 2017

HeKz – Quetzlcoatl (06:08) from Invicita, 2018

Semisonic – I Wish (07:56) from All About Chemistry, 2001

Big Big Train – The Wide Open Sea (17:45) from Far Skies Deep Time, 2010

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