Elder: Reflections of a Floating World

Here’s another excellent album I found on Bandcamp: Reflections of a Floating World by Elder. Check it out if you like long, heavy progressive rock jams.

This is brilliant stuff if you need a background album at work, for long drives, or can just sit quietly and listen with your full attention on the music.

Reflections of a Floating World is Elder’s fourth full length album and second LP released via Stickman Records (EU) and Armageddon Label (US). Long, undulating and dense tracks float between psychedelic passages and progressive rock without missing a beat; adventurous and unpredictable songs are punctuated by hypnotic jams, all colored by the tendency toward melody and dynamism that has become the band’s hallmark. In keeping with their motto of expanding and expanding upon their repertoire, guest musicians Mike Risberg and Michael Samos joined the core three in the studio to add extra guitar, keys and pedal steel, adding vibrancy and lushness to the album. In all regards, Reflections shows a band with a clear vision honing their skills with every year.

See for yourself…

DVNE: Asheran

I just discovered Scottish progressive stoner metal act DVNE (as in “dune”) on Spotify, and their full-length debut, a sci-fi concept album entitled Asheran, sounds brilliant. I’m gonna have to buy this, unless I can get Catherine to buy it for me.

And the cover is pretty sweet, too.

Cover for Asheran by DVNE, from Wasted State Records. Artwork by Eli Quinn
Cover for Asheran by DVNE, from Wasted State Records. Artwork by Eli Quinn

You can find purchasing information at Wasted State Records. Check it out.

Joe Satriani: What Happens Next

#nowplaying What Happens Next by Joe Satriani: a solid batch of instrumental Satch boogies that will take repeated listens to fully appreciate.

Cover art for Joe Satriani's What Happens Next album
Cover art for Joe Satriani’s What Happens Next album

Given time I think it’ll grow on me, but at the moment I think Unstoppable Momentum (2013) was Joe Satriani’s last excellent album. This one, like Shockwave Supernova (2015), is good but not at the same level as his classics.

Of course, if I want The Extremist (1992) or Surfing with the Alien (1987) I know exactly where to find them.