The Flower Kings, “Underdog”: a neo-progressive track with the lead played by a bagpipe and a steel guitar. How can you not love that?
Broken Social Scene, “Ibi Dreams of a Pavement”: A post-rock
track with vocals. Very good stuff – very dense. Like I said it’s got vocals, but they’re not the dominant part of it – they’re actually almost in the background.
Marillion, “Heart of Lothian”: a track off of my favorite Fish-era Marillion album. It’s hard to take this in isolation – the whole album is really one continuous piece of music – with recurring themes, lyrical motifs, etc. This is really just a continuation of what came before it – it’s not a standalone. But it’s amazing – the kind of music that can give you chills even the hundredth time you’ve listened to it.
Naftule’s Dream, “Speed Klez”: Rollocking progressive Klezmer,
played by a mix of instruments including clarinet, trombone, electric guitar,
and who knows what else. Amazing, dazzling stuff.
Magma, “Ork Alarm”: progressive rock, which really staddles the line between modern classical and progressive rock. Very complicated stuff. Not the easiest listen – it’s very strange, and takes a few listens before you really
understand it enough to enjoy it. But like modern classical music, it’s worth the effort. This group is really one of the most amazing ensembles in progressive rock.
Happy the Man, “Stepping Through Time”: a piece off of the reunion album of the great american progressive band. I’m a huge fan of HtMs old work. This new album isn’t bad – it’s interesting, complex music, with nice melodies, time changes, and amazing musicianship. But it’s strangely lacking something. It’s soulless. It just feels very mechanical.
Isis, “All Out of Time, All Into Space”: more post-rock. Very atmospheric, dark.
Lunasa, “Island Paddy”: quite a transition from the last one; this
is a straightforward traditional Irish showoff piece. Bouncy fun that makes you want to get up and dance.
Sonic Youth, “Queen Anne Chair”: a wonderful little snippet. This
is off of Sonic Youth’s album “The Destroyed Room”, which is assembled from
experimental studio clips. It sounds like Sonic Youth playing post-rock.
Hawkwind, “You Shouldn’t Do That”: Amazing strange but wonderful
stuff from early Hawkwind. Depending who you ask, this is either early progressive or psychedelia.