Time once again for the Music Enthusiast to stop navel-gazing and actually listen to something that was done post-1972. To that end, a couple of things that I have dug lately. Only two artists this time but a lot of music.
I do enjoy a bit of prog-rock now and then. I found out about this first band and was eager to make them part of my revue. I like the flow of their music and how it’s sometimes mystical, sometimes hard-charging and yeah, sometimes prog-rock spacy. But it’s all good including, somewhere in there, what sounds like a trumpet. Some info:
Gentle Knife is a Norwegian progressive rock ensemble featuring eleven members. With male and female vocalists, multiple guitarists, keys, synths, mellotron, woodwinds and more, our signature sound dips deeply into classic 70s prog, resurfacing with a modern take on the genre.
This is their second album, Clock Unwound. I like what they did on YouTube which was to provide an 18-minute taste of the album. According to the band, “the relentless passage of time is the main theme of the album. which delves into lives overshadowed by longing and disappointment.
Plans go askew, lovers betray and dreams fade. Yet, as a sense of resignation descends upon a dystopic inner landscape, moments of beauty remain. Songs are epic in format and play across a broad spectrum of emotions.” Heavy.
HYMMJ (Have You Met Miss Jones) is a Berlin-based band. The band says that their EP, A Potential Cause For Rain, covers the full range of their unique take on Indie-Rock and Wave, which peers hard at the Blues and Psychedelic of the 70s. Interesting because the band name appears to be based on an old jazz standard which legend has it was an inspiration for John Coltrane.
“The big topics dominate A Potential Cause For Rain, they tell us. “Love, death, self-doubts. Concealed by melodies and harmonies, there’s a melancholic undertone, which breaks through the surface due to dynamic- and tempo-shifts again and again.”