Friday, October 28, 2005

Lots of New Releases

Funny how this time of year sees a stream of new releases! The last few months have been very quiet, but now there is lots to look forward to.

This week has seen the new soundscapes album by Robert Fripp, Love Cannot Bear. This is more of an applied soundscapes album than pure soundscapes as he has tinkered with a few tracks by adding acoustic guitar on one and vocodirised vocals on another. Still, the meditative quality and pure tonal sound of his treated guitars is very intoxicating. Fripp is always a great improviser and soundscapes is the purest example of his abilities.

Next up is Snow Borne Sorrow by Nine Horses. This group project is David Sylvian, Steve Jansen and Burnt Friedman. This first two names I know of very well, the last not at all. After The confusing Blemish and the patchy Dead Bees on the Cake, this latest offering is Sylvian back on top form and actually writing songs! Very jazzy, atmospheric and organic, very good indeed.

Finally this week, The Dreams Of Men by Pallas. An excellent slice of prog rock and a worthy follow up to their last epic CD The Cross and the Crucible.

More prog to come in the form of Second Light Syndrome from Riverside, and excellent Polish outfit who produce very atmospheric modern rock in the style of Porcupine Tree amongst others. Their debut album was very impressive indeed.

Still lots more to come: Neal Morse, Roine Stolt and of course Guy Manning. A very good end to the year I think!


Blogger CBQ said...

Fripp's new CD is my favourite this month. It's his best Soundscapes album since "A Blessing of Tears" IMHO (and of course the new CD includes a track taken from that very album)

3:37 PM  
Blogger Barrie Sillars said...


Yes, the Fripp soundscape is pretty good. "A Blessing Of Tears" is still the best and very special. A homage to the death of Fripp's mother, this was released at the time of my own mother's passing and hence it struck a very timely resonance with me.

By the way I love your blog which I check out regularly. All those CD's! It also brings back memories of my 6 month stay in Edinburgh back in 1980. Ah, those digs in Haymarket!

10:57 AM  

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