Thursday, January 17, 2008

Crooked Mouth ~ Hold In The Sun

I recently read a review about this group in the latest Classic Rock magazine. Sounded good so thought I would give it a go. Glad I did. This band is the brainchild of Edinburgh based musician Ken Campbell. This, their second album is a sharp, sophisticated, modern sounding prog rock. Plenty of clean synth lines, drum programming and especially nice to hear e-bow guitar. This is wonderfully featured on the excellent track “David & Goliath”.

Listening to this made me realise that there seems to be a highly active prog rock scene in Britain at the moment, where a lot of the bands are producing and releasing recordings themselves via the web or through small independent labels. Some of the bands I have heard or come across indicate that there is a strong burgeoning scene of young bands taking their inspiration from prog, not in a retro fashion, but trying to be fresh and contemporary. That is no mellotrons! Here are some other recommendations.

Tinyfish ~ Tinyfish

Touchstone ~ Discordant Dreams

Big Big Train ~ The Difference Machine

Breathing Space ~ Coming Up For air

The Reasoning ~ Awakening

Darwin’s Radio ~ Eyes Of The World

The Gift ~Awake and Dreaming

Pineapple Thief ~ What We Have Sown

Anyone have any other recommendations?


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