FUCHSIA Fuchsia (Prog Folk, 1971)

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother — Taking their name from Lady Fuchsia Groan of the 1940's novel `Titus Groan', Fuchsia were a British progressive-folk group made up of students who delivered a single cherished little album that has since picked up quite a legendary underground status over the last few decades. Comprised of charming and sprightly folk tunes with lush orchestrated instrumentation and keen pop melodies, it almost sounds like a cross between early Pink Floyd and the Syd Barrett solo albums, Electric Light Orchestra and a pinch of Gentle Giant, Caravan and Fruupp, making for a whimsical, energetic and sweet psych-lite folk gem. The group is directed by lead singer and guitarist Tony Durant, who fleshes out Fuchsia's acoustic/electric sound with a predominantly female band on violin, cello, viola, harmonium and piano. Opener `Gone With The Mouse' is softly energetic and lively, propelled by forcefully jangling plugged-in guitar strums, sighing plaintive backing vocal longings from the girls and lightly proggy orchestral-like violin interludes that soar gently with confidence. `A Tiny Book', one of the more ambitious pieces at eight minutes, is a mini-suite of subtle reprising passages that seamlessly move in and out of each-other, darting through everything from frantic electric bursts, wearily wistful ballad ruminations and regal-flecked pomp in the finale that would make Gentle Giant green with envy! Pay close attention to this track - Tony's likable voice here often sounds like the results of a lovechild between the Floyd's Syd Barrett and the nasally Steven Wilson of the early Porcupine Tree works! But moving on, `Another Nail' is bookended with violin-fuelled whimsy that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Caravan albums like `For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night' before crashing into a politely wilder vocal psychedelic runaway rocker with a touch of Pink Floyd/`The Piper at the Gates of Dawn's `Astronomy Domine' to it! The B-side's `Shoes And Ships' is one of the strongest tunes on the album, a fragile yet elegant folk-popper with frequent orchestral reprises in place of a vocal chorus and a longer instrumental acoustic guitar outro, and it almost sounds like a template for a million indie-pop/folk bands ever since. The playful and loopy `The Nothing Song' practically screams Syd Barrett and his `Madcap Laughs' and `Barrett' albums, and along with some darker little traces locked in, there's a deliciously bent and slightly `off' quality to it all! It's a psychedelic romp that throws in everything from big percussion crashes, rumbling drums, dramatic orchestration, with shambling acoustic guitars alongside manic and mischievous electric guitar soloing. `Me And My Kite', a favourite amongst fans of the album and group, is a gorgeously twee pop-charmer with a sweet and achingly simple chorus, and the dreamy bluesy guitar bends of closer `Just Anyone' again reminds of the earliest Floyd works.

Sadly, sparse advertising and failed touring opportunities lead to the premature demise of the group soon after, until a compilation of unreleased and related pieces entitled `Fuchsia, Mahogany and Other Gems' emerged in 2005, and more excitingly a revamped modern line-up assembled by Mr Durant, now based in Australia, delivering a well-received proper follow-up `Fuchsia II: From Psychedelia...To a Distant Place' in 2013. But for over forty years now, this charming self-titled work has been Fuchsia's defining musical statement, one that holds an effortlessly melodic crossover quality that would also likely appeal to non-folk fans, and it has retained its infectious and precious charm ever since.

Four stars.

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Podcast 120: Northern Star 6th July 2017

Northern Star   060717

POPROG TIME

Northern Star  Pallas Theme

  • Be-Bop Deluxe – Ships in the Night
  • Blue Oyster Cult – Burning for you
  • Asia – Heat of the Moment
  • Def Leppard – Rock of ages
  • Boston – More Than a feeling
  • Disturbed – Sound of Silence
  • Elbow – One Day like This
  • Peter Gabriel – red rain
  • Phil Collins – Take me home
  • Procul Harum – Conquistador
  • David bowie – The jean Genie
  • Rainbow – All Night long
  • Pink Floyd – Keep Talking
  • BJH – Life is for living
  • Renaissance – Northern Lights
  • Saint Etienne – Over The border
  • The Police Invisible Sun
  • Steven Wilson – permanating
  • The Buggles – Clean clean
  • Yes – City of Love
  • Bronski Beat – Small Town Boy
  • Genesis – Abacab
  • SAHB – Boston Tea party
  • Steve Hillage – All too much
  • Sky – Toccata
  • Talk Talk – Today
  • Tears for fears – Mad world
  • Supertramp – Even in The quietest Moments
  • Rush – New world man
  • ELO Turn to Stone

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STEVEN WILSON Insurgentes (Crossover Prog, 2008)

Review by The Crow — Before the breaking-up/hiatus of Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson released his first album under his own name giving us an enjoyable
but not really memorable experience.

Wilson managed to reunite a bunch of great musicians to help him recording this album. The legendary Tony Levin on bass, the
habitual Theo Travis, the gifted Porcupine Tree's drummer Gavin Harrison, Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess... Impressive, just like the
great sound of the album achieved by Steve Wilson himself.

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OPETH Heritage (Tech/Extreme Prog Metal, 2011)

Review by The Crow — Good bye death metal, welcome boredome!

Heritage changed it all... One of the most well crafted and influential prog metal bands of the last decades suddenly left the style that
made them big to derivate into an attempt to replicate the 70's prog rock sound that Akerfeldt loves so much. And they clearly
succeeded in achieving this goal buty the forgot the good and catchy songwriting in the process. Where is the overall quality that this
band always had? Gone!

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Sounds That Can Be Made #102

Edition 102 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!

Playlist:

Alan Reed – Cross My Palm (from Honey on the Razors Edge)
Comedy of Errors – A Moment’s Peace (from House of the Mind)
Mauricio Ibáñez – This Word Called Love (from Melancholia)
Steven Wilson – Song of I (feat. Sophie Hunger) (from To The Bone)
Gary Numan – My Name Is Ruin (from Savage)

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Edition 204 – Live From Progzilla Towers

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!


I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 204 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Bitches Crystal
  2. Lifesigns – Fridge Full of Stars
  3. Karibow – My Time Of Your Life
  4. Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley
  5. Jean-Luc Ponty – Enigmatic Ocean (Complete)
  6. The Flower Kings – Working Class Hero
  7. Steven Wilson – Permanating
  8. Cerrone – Sweet Drums
  9. Spinal Tap – Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight
  10. Gordon Giltrap – Heartsong
  11. Far East Family Band – River Of Soul
  12. Bo Hansson – Waiting…
  13. Living Colour – This Is The Life
  14. Mikrokosmos – Is This The Life
  15. Heliopolis – The Challenge
  16. Jet Black Sea – Absorption Lines
  17. Kingbathmat – Feathers
  18. The Butterfly Ball – Love Is All
  19. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
  20. Moon Safari – Constant Bloom

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Enjoy!

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Fire Garden Release Life of a Drifter Music Video featuring Jordan Rudess

After a success of first music video A New Day we are releasing a new music video from our latest record Far and Near this time the song is ‘Life of a Drifter’. The band footage was filmed by Atlas-Moon on the same day as A New Day.

 

Extra footage plus directed and edited by good people at Crystal Spotlight. (Steven Wilson, King Crimson). Special Thanks to Jordan Rudess for sending us the footage of the actual performance of his guest solo take.   Yes, it was recorded in one take.

Fire Garden Touring Band
Zee – Guitars and Vocals
Marc Malitz – Bass and Backing Vocals
Allen Ladis – Guitars
Bill Kiser – Drums

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The Prog Report announces new book ‘Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums'

The Prog Report is pleased to announce the first book dedicated to the resurgence of one of music’s most enduring and underrated genres. Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums: Images and Words Behind Prog’s Most Celebrated Albums 1990-2016, authored by Prog Report editor Roie Avin, shines a light on the important albums of the modern progressive rock era. The book features more than 50 albums from the last quarter century of Prog, with each chapter dedicated to one album.

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