Articles by Dave Cooper
Abul Mogard brings five disparate tracks by different artists together into a new, cohesive narrative; a hushed, richly atmospheric musical journey that is never content to rely on the clichés of the genre.
Their best work to date, The Spell is as mesmerising as its title suggests, a compelling modern-day fable loaded with meaning and melody that is surely a future classic in the making.
As with all of the band’s best work, the album successfully straddles the worlds of metal and progressive rock, drawing inspiration from them both without sacrificing the strengths of either. Distance Over Time is, self-evidently, the band’s best record for some time.
This is truly a melding of musical worlds, creating something new and vital, yet with elements of familiarity.
This music is not so much written as grown, possessed of the anything-goes spirit of improvisation that the Ozrics have been synonymous with since their early days, yet refined into an irresistible, purposeful collection of music imbued with a strange sense of peace.
Exsolve is a stunningly evocative and atmospheric record. With this album, Quail has taken a confident step towards a more unfettered means of expression; hopefully this charismatic, powerfully atmospheric and boldly exploratory record is indicative of even more potent music to come.
Ocean Sounds, then, is everything that fans might have hoped for, and whole lot more besides. It seems only fitting that Iamthemorning eschew sweaty clubs or grandiose halls and find a location so suited to their sonic universe. A stunning showcase for some of the band’s best material to date, it’s also richly atmospheric, surprisingly involving, and a visual feast in its own right. Quite simply, a sensational piece of work.
This is a compelling, hugely imaginative and strangely addictive record. A balm for the senses, a holiday from the modern world, ‘No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds’ is the perfect soundtrack to the summer of 2018 and beyond.
Silas Neptune talks to Dave Cooper about his debut album ‘The Scales Of Tahuti’, what it’s like to grow up around the Ozric Tentacles and his “odd mix” of influences.
The Gates Of Tahuti is a richly atmospheric and very welcome addition to the ever-expanding and suspiciously aromatic cloud of Ozric Tentacles-related releases, but it’s also a hugely enjoyable demonstration of Silas Neptune’s prodigious talents.
Evaporate marks a new high water mark for the band. Quite simply, it is their best work to date: it feels more mature, and yet at the same time more adventurous, more ambitious. Emotionally draining, sonically dramatic, Evaporate is the sound of a band who have truly come of age.
Visceral, memorable and satisfyingly dense, ‘Conduit’ is one of 2018s truly essential rock albums, a delight for riff lovers and prog fans alike.
This is a record that’s best approached without the weight of preconceptions. ‘Auri’ is softly spoken and understated almost to a fault. This record has a big heart, and its message is simple. All you have to do is listen.
An almost perfect showcase for their existing catalogue: either perfect consolation for missing out on seeing the band on tour or the perfect souvenir.
‘Faced With Rage’ is comfortably Godsticks’ most uncompromising, confident and ambitious record. Powerful, involving and emotionally satisfying, it builds on the established Godsticks sound and pushes it in new and intriguing directions.
It’s hard to imagine how The Pineapple Thief could have made this set any more comprehensive. For now, at least, it is the last word as a record of the band’s impressive live performances, and marks the closing of another chapter in The Pineapple Thief’s biography. A great summing up of everything that is so enjoyable and cathartic about their back catalogue, ‘Where We Stood’ is a live document that serves newcomers to the band as well as it does established fans.
Lunatic Soul’s new album ‘Fractured’ deals with our disintegrating relationships with ourselves and each other. Dave Cooper caught up with Lunatic Soul’s lynchpin to talk about hope in the face of darkness.
‘Fractured’ is earthbound, yet spiritual; melancholy yet built on hope. It serves as one of Mariusz Duda’s crowning achievements to date, and may just be the boldest and most satisfying Lunatic Soul album so far.
For those who enjoy Waters’ lyrical finesse, bold imagery and the unhurried, highly emotive slow-burn of some of Pink Floyd’s less frequently sailed oceans, this is nothing less than essential.
For established fans, ‘The Optimist’ is simply essential. This is a hugely atmospheric, cathartic and transformative journey to savour.
For the committed fan, this tour is a treat indeed; for those who want to find out what kind of alchemy has made ‘Images And Words’ – and the band that made it – so iconic and influential, it is nothing less than a masterclass in modern progressive rock.