In the earliest part of 2019, the Eclectic Prog band Echotest from Philadelphia released it's 3rd album "Daughter of Ocean". Echotest was founded in 2014 by Julie Slick, who was the bassist for the "Adrian Belew Power Trio". The regular band is made up of Slick on bass and electronics, Marco Machera also on bass but also electronics and vocals, Jennifer Founds on vocals and Alessandro Inolti on drums. Other guests appear on various tracks on this album. The album is made up of 10 tracks and has a total run time of 57 minutes. The sound is very unique and not always what you expect, leaning to a more avant- prog sound many times through the album. Sometimes the sound is very beautiful and other times a bit unsettling, but it is always quite unique.
For over a decade, Herd of Instinct - that Little Ole Obscure Prog Band from Texas - has quietly created a body of work that reflects the wild diversity that is Prog Rock. Their newly released fourth album, Drone Priest, on Djam Karet’s Firepool Records, takes the listener on a journey exploring mood, texture, and experimental song structures. The most dynamic and varied album the band has produced to-date, Drone Priest seamlessly layers elements of prog, post rock, ambient drones, jazz, and complex percussion, while showcasing the Warr guitar and analog synths to create a unique blend of genres. Composed by Mark Cook (Spoke of Shadows, Hands, Liquid Sound Company), Drone Priest features guests Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet), Marco Machera (EchoTest), and Bill Bachman (Spoke of Shadows, Michael Harris, Neil Morse).
This album features 6 original compositions by Tim Root, performed by a dynamic 10-piece ensemble, bringing together exceptional musicians from around the world to record this intricate music we call Chamber-Prog. Tim Root is an American Composer, Pianist and Conductor. Trained in composition by some of the mavericks of the avant garde, he also received piano instruction from a student of Rachmaninoff. His writing weaves together complex rhythmic constructs, slippery melodies that never seem to settle onto a pitch center, and unique harmonies that can defy understanding while sounding grounded in tradition.
Bassists Julie Slick (Adrian Belew Power Trio, Crimson ProjeKct) and Marco Machera are proudly presenting a new EchoTest album, exploring new heights in this bassist collaboration with their third release: "From Two Balconies". Displaying an even higher production value, a new member (drummer Alessandro Inolti), many more guests (Pat Mastelotto, Tim Motzer, Ali Wadsworth, Ian Gray, Greg Rosen, and Sarah Anderson), the record is a departure from the heavily instrumental and bass-dominated "Fourth Dementia" (2014) and "Le Fil Rouge" (2015). It features lead vocals on 7 out of 10 tracks - Marco takes this role on a few songs, but he also shares this job with Mike Visser (Imaginary Tricks) and Claire Wadsworth. The result is a modern-sounding, yet classic record that defies genres, showcasing music that is truly progressive in nature.