Category Archives: Avant Garde

FAUST-FRESH AIR.

Faust-Fresh Air. Forty-six years ago, Faust released their critically acclaimed, groundbreaking, genre-melting eponymous debut album in 1971. The innovative and imaginative music on Faust was unlike anything else that was being released in 1971. Musically, Faust was a breath of fresh air, which was hailed as a revolutionary album that had the potential that to …

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RUPTURE-ISRAEL SUITE/DOMINANTE EN BLEU.

Rupture-Israel Suite/Dominante En Bleu. Over the last fifty years, bands and artists have penned ambitious concept albums about all manner of subjects. No subject matter it seems is off-limits when it comes to the concept album. There’s been concept albums about bureaucracy and censorship, death and dreams, evolution and revolution, heaven and hell, hurt and …

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ANNELI DRECKER-REVELATION FOR PERSONAL USE.

Anneli Drecker-Revelation For Personal Use. Anneli Drecker first came to prominence in 1987, when she was the lead singer of the Norwegian band Bel Canto. Back then, Anneli Drecker was just seventeen, but determined to make a career out of music. So Anneli Drecker made the brave decision to leave behind her Arctic hometown of …

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CAKEWALK-ISHIHARA.

Cakewalk-Ishihara. Three years after the release of Cakewalk’s sophomore album Transfixed, the Norwegian supergroup recently released their much-anticipated, third album, Ishihara, on Hubro Music. It finds Cakewalk at their innovative best, on what’s without doubt, the most ambitious album of their career so far.  Ishihara is another album carefully sculpted soundscapes from sonic adventurers Cakewalk, …

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NEOTOLIA-NEOTOLIAN SONG.

Neotolia-Neotolian Song. Over the last couple of weeks, many people within the music industry have had only one thing in their mind…Record Store Day. It seems to take on greater importance with each passing year. 2017 was no exception, with the majors especially, releasing a myriad of releases. They varied in quality from the good, …

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SAMMLUNG-ELEKTRONISCHE KASSETTENMUSIK, DÜSSELDORF 1982-1989.

Sammlung-Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Düsseldorf 1982-1989. As the seventies gave way to the eighties, a new chapter in Düsseldorf’s musical history began. Music like Düsseldorf’s landscape, was changing and changing fast. Düsseldorf’s city centre was undergoing a period of regeneration, with familiar buildings being given a makeover. Suddenly, it seemed that many of the buildings that had …

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JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON-30 YEARS MAKING MUSIC

Jóhann Jóhannsson-30 Years Making Music. It was whilst studying languages and literature at university in Reykjavík, that Jóhann Jóhannsson’s musical career began. He was just eighteen when he joined his first indie rock band in 1987. Over the next few years, Jóhann Jóhannsson played with several indie rock bands in Reykjavík’s vibrant and thriving music …

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STEPHAN MEIDELL-METRICS.

Stephan Meidell-Metrics.  Three years after the release of his critically acclaimed, groundbreaking debut album Cascades, Stephan Meidell is about to return with his much-anticipated sophomore album Metrics, which will be released on Hubro Music on the ‘28th’ April 2017. Metrics marks the return of a true musical pioneer and sonic explorer Stephan Meidell, who takes …

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BACK ON THE STREET AGAIN (AUSTRALIAN FUNK, SOUL AND PSYCH (MOSTLY) FROM THE FESTIVAL VAULTS.

Back On The Street Again (Australian Funk, Soul And Psych (Mostly) From The Festival Vaults). All too often, many record buyers forget that there’s more to music than the classic rock that was produced on both sides of the Atlantic during the late-sixties and seventies. While this was a hugely important and influential period musically, …

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KREIDLER-EUROPEAN SONG.

Kreidler-European Song. Ever since the late sixties, Düsseldorf has had a thriving, vibrant and eclectic music scene. In the early days, the heart of the Düsseldorf music scene was in the Old Town. This was a bohemian area, full of students and people who were interested in  art, literature and music. Many young musicians gravitated …

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DIETER MOEBIUS-MUSIK FOR METROPOLIS.

Dieter Moebius-Musik für Metropolis.  By 2012, Dieter Moebius was regarded as one of the most important, innovative and influential musicians in the history of modern German music. His career began in the late sixties, and had spanned six decades. During that that time, Dieter Moebius had been a member of three groundbreaking groups Kluster, Cluster …

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OREGON-OUT OF THE WOODS AND ROOTS IN THE SKY.

Oregon-Out Of The Woods and Roots In The Sky. After releasing seven albums for Vanguard between 1972 and 1978, Oregon had signed to Elektra. The four members of Oregon knew that this was the opportunity of a lifetime. Elektra were one of the biggest record labels in the world, and had the marketing expertise and …

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DANS LES ARBRES-PHOSPHORESENCE.

Dans Les Arbres-Phosphorescence. For many years, musicians, critics and academics have debated at what point does sound become music, and music become sound? This has become something of a moot point, which even the finest musical minds have failed to come up with an answer. Despite that, most people will be able to name several everyday …

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1982-CHROMOLA.

1982-Chromola. Music like fashion, constantly continues to change. That has been the case since the birth of rock ’n’ roll.  In 1964,  a new type of rock group was born, the power trio. It consisted of just drums, bass and guitar. One of the earliest power trios The Mudders, was founded in 1964 by Frank …

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EIVIND OPSVIK-OVERSEAS V.

Eivind Opsvik-Overseas V. By 1998, bassist and composer Eivind Opsvik was a familiar face on Oslo’s vibrant jazz scene. He had been playing in the city’s clubs since the early nineties. Just like many young musicians, this was akin to a musical apprenticeship. Then in 1993, twenty year old Eivind Opsvik decided to complete his …

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KROKOFANT-KROKOFANT III.

Krokofant-Krokofant III. Krokofant has come a long way since they released their eponymous debut album on  Rune Grammofon, in February 2014. Back then, Krokofant were regarded as one of the rising stars of the Norwegian music scene. Already great things were forecast for Krokofant. They were being described by critics as one of the most …

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER-FILMMUSIK 2.

 Conrad Schnitzler-Filmmusik 2. On August the ‘4th’ 2011, German music was in mourning. The country had lost one of it’s most important and influential figures in modern music, Conrad Schnitzler. He had played a hugely important role in the development of German music over six decades.  At the start of his career, Conrad Schnitzler had been a …

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IF MUSIC PRESENTS YOU NEED THIS-A JOURNEY INTO DEEP JAZZ VOL. 2

IF Music Presents You Need This–A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 2. For the best part of four decades, Jean-Claude Thompson has been one of the leading lights of London’s vibrant and eclectic music scene. He’s been one half of production duo The Amalgamation Of Soundz since 1990. They’ve released critically acclaimed albums, compilations, countless …

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IRABAGON,HEGRE AND DRONEN-AXIS.

Irabagon, Hegre and Drønen-Axis. Nearly four years ago, a trio of top jazz musicians headed to Berlin about to collaborate. This was no ordinary collaboration though. It was a collaboration between The Norwegian-American trio of Jon Irabagon, John Hegre and Nils Are Drønen arrived at N.K, in Berlin on the 11th of June 2013. That …

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FIIUM SHAARRK-WE ARE ASTONISHINGLY LIFELIKE.

Fiium Shaarrk-We Are Astonishingly Lifelike. Five years after releasing their critically acclaimed debut album No Fiction Now!, Fiium Shaarrk are about to return with their long awaited and much anticipated sophomore album We Are Astonishingly Lifelike. It’ll be released by the Not Applicable label on the 3rd of March 2017, and marks the return of …

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