Crashride – Crashride (2015)

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Crashride is a debut album made by French Canadians Jean-Sébastien Côté (composer, sound designer) and François Therriault (guitarist, composer), and has different musicians contributing on several tracks. The sleeve looks very interesting, it reminds me of a microscopic cluster of plant cells. The music itself is mostly instrumental. It is dreamy progressive and electronic music, with lovely ambient and soundscape moments, which I find very beautiful. Twelve tracks that are between three and six minutes long, which sound very good. Keyboards/synthesizers, guitars, bass, Chapman stick and v-drums are mostly presented. Frédérike Bédard provides vocals on some of the songs. This is a tough album to review track by track, because the instruments you hear are often merged together perfectly, making it one gamut of musicality. Continue reading

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Honourable mention: Darkroom (Michael Bearpark & Andrew Ostler)

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I bet most readers here never heard of this band. The music this band makes isn’t something you would call ‘Prog’, but why should it be? How many people like music because it is categorized as ‘Prog’, and would not take any effort to listen to it when it’s not labelled ‘Prog’? Continue reading

Porcupine Tree – Up The Downstair (1993)

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Up The Downstair came out in 1993, in between the albums On The Sunday Of Life and The Sky Moves Sideways. While On The Sunday Of Life is a collection of Steven Wilson’s earlier work, Up The Downstair was the first album that was meant to be an album (at least, I think so, please correct me if I’m wrong). Continue reading

Komara & O.R.k., live at the Boerderij Zoetermeer, 17 February 2016

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First, I would like to apologize because this concert review is a bit shorter than my concert reviews. The most important reason is that I actually was completely caught up in the music of both bands, and because of that I totally forgot to make notes during the gigs. Continue reading

Iris Discovers: Ambient House

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Why stick to ‘prog’ music while there are so many other genres to discover? Of course, what is prog nowadays anyway, and sometimes I like to hear what other genres have to offer.

Today’s genre: Ambient House!

While I was scrolling through Facebook I found a very interesting article shared by a friend of mine. It’s an article about ambient house, and it’s quite a long article, but it describes everything perfectly and contains some very interesting (music) videos and photos.

Go check the article here!