All posts tagged: progressive rock

Live Music: Asia in Cleveland, Ohio, 8/13/10

The need for new material from Asia is a subject that on paper, is highly debatable in certain circles. But for those that have caught the reactivated ’80s rockers live in the past few years, it is likely that they are among the converted who have seen the light after hearing the band’s new music intermixed with their classic material.  A few years ago, it seemed unlikely that we’d ever see the classic lineup of John Wetton, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe and Carl Palmer back together on any stage, and the prospects of new material were somewhere below “never” and “not a chance in hell.”  Since the band’s unlikely reunion in 2007, there have been two new Asia albums released, the well-received Phoenix in 2008, followed by the band’s latest album Omega, released earlier this year. (And the band will celebrate their 200th performance since reuniting later this month in California.)  Phoenix is my favorite of the two albums that they’ve released so far, but as it was when I first saw the reunited band …

Dw. Dunphy On… Carptree

Robbie Robertson coined a phrase in an interview once, and it stuck with me. He said that even though he’d written many types of songs, the ones that always got to him and stayed with him were, if I recall correctly, “skin creepers.” A skin creeper is a song that may or may not have a hard-core hook yet gets inside your head and stays there; it captures a mood that infects the listener on a personal level. Mystery, emotion, and a definite sense of being “haunted” all typify the skin-creeper ethic. It dawned on me that few songs of this nature actually become hits, because at first blush they can make you feel a little uncomfortable, which was the first thing I felt a few years ago when listening to the songs on Carptree’s Man Made Machine (2005), their third release but the first with U.S. distribution. The Swedish duo of Niclas Flinck (vocals) and Carl Westholm (keyboards) mine many different aspects of music: a progressive edge, a gothic touch, a metal bite, and …