“Gravity’s Angel” by Laurie Anderson

Progressive rock’s avant garde wing has always acted as a kind of disciplined version of its more mainstream cousin, dependent on self-imposed constraints, those kinds of “oblique strategies” that Brian Eno and his expanding circle of collaborators employed to spur, and rein in, their impulses.  The cross-pollination of these two (sometimes warring) factions — at least … Continue reading “Gravity’s Angel” by Laurie Anderson

“Impressions Of My Country/Foothill Patrol” by Gabor Szabo

…the next move, after Manuel Gottsching’s E2-E4, pulls the thread of that piece’s guitar work and comes up with Gabor Szabo at his funky six-string best, in Stockholm in 1972. From the album Small World (available as a compilation with its sister album, Belsta River, as In Stockholm), “Impressions Of My Country / Foothill Patrol” is … Continue reading “Impressions Of My Country/Foothill Patrol” by Gabor Szabo

“Sonnenblumenstahl” by Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk

I’m continuing with my Jonas Munk kick from two weeks ago, when I posted the fabulous Sun River stream, “Esperanza Villanueva”. “Sonnenblumenstahl” is a beautiful piece of Moebius/Roedelius/Plank-style krautrock from Munk’s and Ulrich Schnauss’s 2011 full-length collaboration. Munk the guitarist and Schnauss the keyboardist have both left their influential mark on ambient techno, and together they make music that … Continue reading “Sonnenblumenstahl” by Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk