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Oceans 5 – Return to Mingulay (2013)

Actually titled Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5, this is a must have for fans of mid to late period Strawbs, also with a nod to the ballad oriented songs of David Gilmour/Pink Floyd. The emphasis is on The Strawbs folk rock as Oceans 5 has plenty of both good-feel toe-tapping tunes along with rich beautiful forget-me-not ballads (track 3 “Empty Hands” and track 4 “5 O’Clock Line”).

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Hominido – Estirpe Litica (2014)

Former drummer Rodrigo Gonzalez Mera from Chili who previously played in Le Desoorden n ani (sadly now no longer together) brings us a brand new band and recording. A couple other former members also make up part of this. A wonderfully exotic and superb release it is! Precisely incorporating jazz fusion ingredients with world and today’s metal and folk all in an exquisite progressive work. Hominido glows with a winning debut.

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SOT – Redwings Nest (2014)

Second album from Norway’s SOT (Salt of Tusj) brings the listener more bold, daring, and game-changing progressive music. I felt their debut was stunning and I am thrilled by this release the same or more. The guest appearances by vocal group PUST and a cello ensemble make the hybrid technical no boundary trio have great girth. For a good idea of their sound read my review of their first CD here in Prognaut (2012).

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Shrunken Head Shop – Live in Germany (2013)

A bold and adventurous journey, Willie Oteri and company perform totally without preconceived notions, framework or discussion with this very cool set of concerts in three different locations in Germany. There is improvisation and then there is doing it spontaneous with no planning whatsoever. This off the cuff and naked on the spot playing is what Oteri and crew specialize in. Check out recordings by WD-41 for more music from Oteri and Laczko.

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Flat Earth Society – 13 (2013)

Not only is this NOT your father’s big band, but this is for avant big band and beyond fans. In fact, you can listen to it, allow it to cuddle you, nudge you, kick you, engulf your mind and sweep your feet from you like a tsunami wave.