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Circu5: Circu5 (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland Before I get started on the music, let’s talk about the presentation of the CD itself. What I have in my hands is a CD-sized hardback book, with the disc inside the front cover (and interestingly space for another at the back – what’s that for Steve?), and 28 glossy pages of photos with the lyrics…

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Wingfield Reuter Sirkis: Lighthouse (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland Recorded during the same sessions that resulted in the release of the highly critically acclaimed ‘Stone House’, ‘Lighthouse’ again finds guitarist Mark Wingfield working with Markus Reuter (touch guitars) and Asaf Sirkis on drums. However, this time they have worked as a trio, so there is no room for bassist Yaron Stavi who appeared on the…

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The Wood Demons: The Lost Domain (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is the debut five-track mini-album from London-based band The Wood Demons, and very pleasant it is too. They have tagged the music as rock, acid-folk, prog, prog rock, psychedelia, psychedelic, psychedelic folk, space rock, space-rock and symphonic prog, so as one can see, there is a lot going on here. Musically this is going back…

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Eletria: Eletria (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland In the early Nineties Canadian band Existence starting making their name performing a rock opera of original songs, and over the next few years released a couple of albums, including ‘Small People, Short Story, Little Crime’. I was incredibly impressed with the album as not only did I enjoy the music, but it came with a…

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Alcyona: Trailblazer (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland I must confess to not knowing many bands from Belarus, but am pleased that Pride & Joy have picked up on Alcyona from Minsk, as they are quite a find. Formed in 2012, the band originally comprised just Natalia Malei (keyboards) and Evgeniy Malei (guitars), but Olga Terentyeva joined the duo in April 2016 as lead…

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