Articles by Zachary Nathanson
It is challenging, complexity, surreal, twisted, and transcendental. Lost Crowns’ Every Night Something Happens is a great introduction to start 2019 off.
An Abandoned Orchid House is like a flower bursting into bloom in real time.
I wouldn’t call them a super group, because it would be too much of a cop-out. They are a family by working together as a team. And for me, Playing with Fire brings the Octet as one.
From the experimental, avant-garde, jazz, atmospheric, and creative forces behind their music, Sonar delivers the goods and the flaming fires that are on here. And it will never, ever burn out. I guarantee it.
Listening to Galasphere 347’s sole self-titled debut release via Karisma Records this year, I had no clue on what adventures I was about to embark on.
How would I describe Oak’s music? Dark, pop, electronic, and a little bit nightmarish. After listening to their second album, False Memory Archive released via Karisma Records this year, I was completely spellbound right from the moment I put the CD on …
This 2-CD/Blu-Ray set consists of Steven Wilson’s amazing performance at the Royal Albert Hall on the final night of his three sold out shows he did back in March of this year. Steven has been around from day one. As one of the founders of Porcupine Tr …
WorldService Project’s Serve is a deliciously cooked meal that is mixed with both tabasco and wasabi sauce, done right.
When I was listening to 3.2’s new album, I wasn’t just surprised, but a little emotional and knowing that the spirit of Keith Emerson shines very brightly on here. Robert Berry did something very special and honorable by making sure Emerson’s playing fills the puzzle pieces together.
Now this album didn’t grab me that much, however I could spot some very interesting touches that Khruangbin carry the flag. But they are very good and they have done their homework very, very well and capturing that spark.
Brings the sound and vision of southern Arizona to life.
Della Stessa Sostanza dei Sogni is a dream-like adventure that has the listener encounter more and more scenarios and parallel doors to be opened.
While listening to their fifth album, I could hear some mixtures between symphonic and medieval influences, mellotrons, guitars, and with the sounds soaring through the skies, Argos is taking the listener on a magic carpet ride from start to finish.
Dee Snider’s ‘For The Love of Metal’ shows that the mastermind is back with a vengeance. And the new album brings him back as the beast is still reigning terror. And this time, there’s no stopping him of bringing the heavy metal genre back to the forefront and its roots.
This isn’t just a progressive rock band, but one of the most amazing up-and-coming bands to come out of Norway you need to check out.
When you watch or listen to the performance, you can tell that Arjen Anthony Lucassen himself has come a long way. And to bring the stories and the music to life on stage, it is probably, in my opinion, the biggest challenge ever.
Ship is going to be one of the early favourites to be my album of the year so far. Yuka & Chronoship have come a long way.
My Indigo may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, but this solo project is Sharon’s wings to fly.
I’ll admit, even though I’m not a gigantic Sonar fan, Vortex is a movie inside your head. In the closing words of Anil Prasad’s foreword notes that he did for the album, he said, “Music intersected with much humor, not to mention lots of fine wine and absinthe. Sit back, hit play and let these waves and particles wash over you.”
It shows that Kit Downes is more than just a jazz musician, but also a composer and organist to create his arranging and composition with a piece of music as if it was telling a story from start to finish.
Is it a little too early for me to call this the album of the year so far? It’s just getting a little bit warmed up for that, but we’ll see.