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Issue 120
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Since its arrival at the tail end of the 60s progressive rock has offered the world some of the most fascinating music ever heard, in varying guises over the years. Prog magazine brings you the stories behind the people who create these astounding sounds and amazing music, be they the classic originators such as Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes, to the 80s revivalists such as Marillion and IQ, all the way through to those musicians today who have done so much to help rejuvenate the genre such as Muse, Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Opeth and Anathema. In depth and behind the scenes stories of classic albums and tours sit side by side with widespread coverage of what‘s happening at today’s cutting edge of progressive music.

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in deze editie

2 min.
ed’s letter

Hello, and welcome to the new issue of Prog. By the time you read this, if the government’s roadmap out of lockdown holds, we’ll be moving out of Covid-related restrictions. Our attention will return to the potential for gigs once more. Our upcoming report on what this means for progressive music of all levels will feature in issue 122, by which time we should have a much clearer picture of how the live landscape may look. One of the great things about working with music with as rich a heritage as prog is that even though you think you might know everything, you’re always learning something new. The years between King Crimson’s explosive debut album and their ‘rebirth’ with 1973’s Larks’ Tongues In Aspic was a fascinating time for the band.…

5 min.
bloody well write

RINGS A BELL! Reading Jerry Clark’s letter about using lockdown to go through your music collection [Prog 118], I recently rediscovered an artist that I had ignored for far too long. Like most people I had Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells on LP but didn’t get into the following releases. After lockdown began I started to investigate artists noted in Prog that I had little knowledge of. Mike Oldfield was certainly missing from my collection and what a wonderful journey it’s been over the last year or so collecting the back catalogue. I also rediscovered Todd Rundgren, Supertramp and ELP. All albums I had enjoyed but had not listened to for far too long. It’s almost the same feeling listening to these again as it was the first ever time. With so much great music…

1 min.
tweet talk

BRUCE SOORD @bsoord What a lovely feeling it was to play live again… RHODRI MARSDEN @rhodri A collared dove sits on our chimney and coos down into the living room. This morning I have ascertained a) that he/she coos in 5/4 time, and b) at exactly the same speed as the classic recording [Collard Dove] by The Dave Brubeck Quartet. FIELD MUSIC @fieldmusicmusic I miss drinking late-night lukewarm cava in travel taverns. THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA @blackheartorch Springtime up north PLINI @plinirh Written and read so many artist bios over the years that all the exciting words in my vocabulary have lost meaning…

4 min.
big big train’s modernised sound

The past year’s unprecedented events have weighed heavily on Big Big Train. That’s why, instead of their epic historic narratives, their 13th studio album Common Ground looks through the lens of the pandemic, drawing on influences closer to home. It’s released via English Electric Recordings on July 30. Last year also saw significant band departures, the unit reduced to four core members – vocalist David Longdon, bassist Greg Spawton, drummer Nick D’Virgilio and multi-instrumentalist Rikard Sjöblom. Spawton and Longdon set up home in Real World Studios, with long-distance input from their colleagues. New bandmembers Carly Bryant (Freakpower) on vocals and guitarist Dave Foster (Steve Rothery Band), together with fiddler Aidan O’Rourke from folk group Lau, also made contributions. For the live shows next year, they will also be joined by violinist Clare…

1 min.
hawkwind enter the realm of sleep

Hawkwind's new album, Somnia, will be released in September via Cherry Red, coinciding with a UK tour and following the return of their three-day Hawkfest event. The record will be available on both vinyl and CD. It arrives less than a year after the Hawkwind Light Orchestra album Carnivorous and their Hawkwind 50 live release. According to Hawkwind leader Dave Brock, the 13-track album is an exploration of sleep. “Through Roman mythology and the god of sleep Somnus, the lyrics tell the tale of sleepless paranoia, strange encounters, fever dreams and meditation,” he explains. Song titles include Strange Encounters, Counting Sheep, Sweet Dreams and I Can’t Get You Off My Mind. Brock is heard alongside the current line-up including guitarist Magnus Martin, keyboardist Tim Blake, bassist Niall Hone and drummer Richard Chadwick. The band…

1 min.
tom newman presents a new faerie symphony

Tom Newman will release a follow-up to his album Faerie Symphony through Tigermoth on May 30 – 44 years after the original. A Faerie Symphony II was recorded during lockdown. “I don’t have a copy of my 1977 Faerie Symphony,” says Newman. “But because somebody mentioned it on Facebook, I downloaded it and that’s when the idea for this came to me.” Aside from Newman, the album also features vocalist Jennifer Banks (his partner), bassist Jim Newman (his son), flautist Jon Field, guitarist Zak Sikobe and Magenta keyboardist Rob Reed. “Jon hasn’t record anything fresh,” Newman says. “I found an unused snippet for the first album. Jennifer and I developed a faerie language for the record.” Newman has also recorded an EP called Dance Of The Stems at Reed’s suggestion, including new…