Okay, it’s Tuesday actually (somewhere it’s Wednesday), so skip over all the comments that week starts with Monday. This is a late start, but never late for some new music recommendations. I have selected five bands that I think you should check out and support the musicians by giving them some of your pennies.
Jackal – Castle in the Air
These guys are from New Zealand and are serving what they call alternative psychedelic rock, and I cannot but agree. It’s slow, doomy, kind of depressive music on moments. Not really what are you looking for to get your week going, but life’s a miracle.
C-jeff – Big Steel Wheels
Things are getting lot more serious for all of you who enjoy progressive instrumental music largely based on synthesizers. But do not think of synths a la Derek Sherinian. C-jeff is a project of Dmitry Zhemkov, a Russian composer and keyboardist who says that Big Steel Wheels is a fictional action music adventure, inspired by works of Vince DiCola, action movies, rock and metal music, chiptunes and the legacy of ’80s. This album is definitely worth your attention.
Arktis/Air – en-trance
Arktis/Air is a six piece collective from Vienna, Austria and on en-trance they are absolutely delivering. The album is a real twisted monster built from the elements taken from jazz fusion, noise, experimental, progressive rock and electronica. It’s available as digital download, but also on CD and vinyl. Highly recommended.
Vangough – Between the Madness
Most of you probably know about this album, but however it’s got to be here to remind you that there are bands that deliver much more than you will hear on new Dream Theater and Fates Warning albums. Between the Madness has been received very well and it keeps getting great reviews. The album that is slightly to be considered as one of the albums of the year.
Alek Darson – Panopticon
This dude recorded, edited, mixed, mastered and produced everything on Panopticon with the help of the guest musicians that are credited on the Bandcamp page. Panopticon is a 5-track EP (though tracklist says it’s made of 6 songs) based on Alek’s guitar improvisations. EP is almost fully instrumental, with exception for the track The Rind which features Vladimir Lalić on vocals.