Zarx & Johnson – Orgel Vreten

It’s the best prog-flavoured, mainly instrumental, Hammond organ enhanced, rockin’ tune out of the Netherlands since Hocus Pocus by Focus.

Zarx & Johnson is the first single from Orgel Vreten’s upcoming album. If you like this, you’ll be please to know that there’s already an album called Komrad, which has a slightly Eastern bloc vibe.

Orgel Vreten have a website (sorta)

Orgel Vreten are on Facebook 


Noches de Sol – Cuzo

Tonight, some music from beautiful, vital, excellent Barcelona. Cuzo are an experimental prog band with an expansive, groovy approach to including psych and world music into their sound. Noches de Sol (Sunny Nights) combines poundingly heavy drums with sunshine laden guitars and shifts rhythmically away from you every time you think you’ve worked out where it’s going.

Cuzo are on Bandcamp

Cuzo are on Facebook  Myspace, apparently


Thought Experiment: Eurovision Scotland Part 6

I know that last week I expressly said that Scotland should not attempt to go Full Trad for their Eurovision debut (whenever that comes around) but here I go, suggesting the first of two possible acts that could provide at least a bit of Partial Trad.

Glasgow’s Trembling Bells have been around in various forms since 2009, and I think you can sum them up as being a sort of spiritual successor to The Incredible String Band. But with a bit of Glaswegian edge. I also love their 6 minute proggy stomper I Is Someone Else which I think is probably closer to what they could get away with at Eurovision. They could be that one somewhat interesting folk-rock act that year.



The Witching Hour – The Bambir

bambirframeReady for a blast of rock flute? 

I think it’s fair to say there’s some strong Jethro Tull influence in this and having looked into The Bambir they’ve got an interesting backstory – the band have their origins back in 1978 with The Bambir being the second generation of the band Bambir.

They’re an Armenian prog band that make the most of their folk influences. The Witching Hour has a straightforward rock foundation with the flute woven in and out of the heavy guitar. This is exactly the sort of track I’ve grown up listening to, I’ve played it to our prog loving Dad.(Ellie: So are we all going on a family prog trip to Armenia now?)

The Bambir have tour dates on their Facebook page

The Bambir are on Bandcamp

The Bambir are on Spotify

The Bambir are on YouTube