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    Main » 2010 » July » 16

    Nova ~ 1976 ~ Atlantis
    genre: prog related
    country: finland
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    time: 37'52"  size: 235 mb
    NOVA was formed in early 1975 in Helsinki. Most of the band members had played together earlier in a band called ISOJAKO, which apparently played more pop-orientated music. From the start, NOVA's main figure was Antti Ortamo who was the main composer, lyricist and also played keyboards and sang for the band. In february 1976 NOVA started recording their debut "Atlantis" in Stockholm, Sweden. The music on this album will probably remind you of PINK FLOYD, PROCOL HARUM, WIGWAM, perhaps even ELOY and YES at times. It's not the most innovative album to walk the earth, but it's a nice effort full of warm keyboard sounds and atmospheres.
    Unfortunately, the decline of prog had already started and "Atlantis" didn't sell very well. The band had difficulties getting gigs, which ultimately lead do the destruction of the group. They disbanded after making only one album. Recommended, if you enjoy the bands mentioned earlier, but it's not a classic album.
    Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com : Well, for starters, NOVA has always been considered progressive rock in Finland (it becomes evident why once you've listened to the album) but they were always such a obscure group that even most proggers in Finland don't know them. Their style is mainly keyboard-dominated, but the music is closer to the warm atmospheres of PINK FLOYD and WIGWAM than bands like ELP.
    Views: 2554 | Date: 16.07.2010 | Rating: 3.0 | Comments (0)

    genre: acid folk
    country: israel
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 34'35"  size: 238 mb

    The Israeli singer/songwriter Noa Babayof is rapidly establishing a presence on the new international folk scene.
    Her debut album From A Window To A Wall was recently recorded and mixed by renowned Greg Weeks (The Espers) at his studio in Philadelphia. The album is set for a US/European release in spring 2008 on Weeks' new analog recording label Language of Stone.
    From A Window To A Wall features lush string arrangements backing up Noa's arresting singing and writing style. Noa is influenced by the likes of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, along with such contemporary icons as Diane Cluck, Smog and the Espers. Anova Music, Noa's Israeli management and label, released "From A Window To A Wall" locally in fall 2007.
    The Album was released in the US with Language Of Stone on June 17, 2008

    01. Prelude 0:53
    02. A Song From Me 2:08
    03. Indian Queen 3:38
    04. Marching Band 3:49
    05. Loving You 4:19
    06. One Song 3:00
    07. At Your Death 3:04
    08. Cotton Strings 2:48
    09. Midtown Fair 3:10
    10. This Years Parade 3:21
    11. Before Sleep 2:19
    12. Them That Are Writing These Songs 2:06

    Greg Weeks - recorder, percussion, white/pink noise, bells
    Katt Hernandez - violin
    Jesse Sparhawk - mandolin (6), harp (9,11)
    Jessica Weeks - flute (2)
    Margaret Wienk - cello, contra bass
    Amit Erez - additional guitar (4,6,7), additional vocals (6)

    Views: 1849 | Date: 16.07.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (0)

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