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Pair up with these two modern prog gems!

Releases of the Week 21/2021 with The Last Dodo and White Moth Black Butterfly
Pair up with these two modern prog gems!

This week, our highlights include the anticipated new instrumental prog album by French solo project The Last Dodo, and the long-awaited follow-up record by UK art/prog rock group White Moth Black Butterfly. If you’re craving more, you bet we have plenty of records to share with you!

The Last Dodo – Cloud River

28 May, 2021 | Independent
The Last Dodo – Cloud River Album Cover

The Last Dodo is the instrumental solo project of French musician Dorian Pied. “Cloud River” is already the 4th album released as The Last Dodo and brings us melodic, guitar-based music in the vibe of Plini, mostly remaining in the softer spheres but occasionally showing quite the edge and djenty passages which, according to Pied, can be taken as the foreshadowing of the upcoming 5th Dodo album that will be overall more aggressive. Those who have been following The Last Dodo in the last years will recognize references to previous songs, a fact that goes well with the overall topic of memories, good or bad, that is reflected in the music. ‘Kangaroo’ features some groovy bass playing by guest musician and regular collaborator Stauhn. Those who like well-made and accessible guitar-driven music that has enough variety to offer to catch your attention for the entire album should definitely check out “Cloud River”. Matthias

White Moth Black Butterfly - The Cost of Dreaming

28 May, 2021 | Kscope

4 years after their last masterpiece “Atone”, international experimental pop project White Moth Black Butterfly is finally back with a new offering. Led by the two equally angelic voices of Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT) and Jordan Turner, “The Cost of Dreaming” is a distinctly more electronic affair compared to its direct predecessor. That doesn’t mean, the delicate, spine tingling string arrangements from Randy Slaugh are gone though, on the contrary. They’re just accentuated more with the juxtaposition to some abrasive beats that are even reaching industrial levels of noise and dirt at times. The contrasts are definitely bigger, but all 14 of the songs between ‘Ether’ and ‘Spirits’ are just as much masterclasses in precise, succinct songwriting, with most of them clocking in well under the 4 minute mark. Melodic (vocals), atmospheric (arrangement/production) and lyrical content are merging together perfectly to form a deeply touching work of art. Trigger warning though: the two round balls that sit in your face might get a little wet while listening to this album. Dario

More releases for 28 May, 2021

  • Graveborn - Transmigrator (May 25)
  • Source - Ethereal Self (May 25)
  • Delta - Fears (May 25, IGED Records)
  • Sunrise - Equilibria (May 26)
  • Daniel Eliseev Project (DEP) - Lost Humanity (May 26)
  • Sylvan - One to Zero (Gentle Art of Music)
    Read Our Review
  • Alluvial - Sarcoma (Nuclear Blast)
  • Karmamoi - Room 101 (Progressive Gears Records)
  • Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen - Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen (Nuclear Blast)
  • black midi - Cavalcade (Rough Trade Records)
  • The Flight of Sleipnir - Eventide (Eisenwald)
  • Silver Talon - Decadence and Decay (M-Theory Audio)
  • Ghastly - Mercurial Passages (20 Buck Spin)
  • Twisted Illusion - Temple of Artifice
  • Mental Cruelty - A Hill to Die Upon (Unique Leader Records)
  • Wine Guardian - Timescape (Logic II Logic Records)
  • Portal - Avow (Profound Lore)
  • Hans Hjelm - Factory Reset (Kungens Ljud & Bild)
  • The Wring - The Wring² Project Cipher
    Read Our Review
  • Thaeia - Datura Metel Vol. 1 EP
  • Unfathomable Ruination - Decennium ruinae EP (Willowtip Records)
  • Fort - We'll Burn That Bridge When We Get to It EP (Stereo Brain Records)
  • Various Artists - Still Wish You Were Here - A Tribute to Pink Floyd (Cleopatra Records)
  • Kansas - Point of Know Return: Live & Beyond
  • Can - Live in Stuttgart 1975 (Mute)
  • Magenta - Angels and Damned - 20th Anniversary Show (Tiger Moth Records)

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Colin

Colin is a progressive metal drummer who currently plays with Ashbreather and Vicarious Reality. His introduction to prog was through his father with the likes of Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and Rush back in 2007. As the years went by, he would eventually work on his taste to get into more extreme forms of prog, and now adores bands like Opeth, Persefone, Atheist, BTBAM, Serpent Column, Slugdge, and countless others.

Dario

Co-Founder of The Progspace - Dario discovered the world of Prog upon hearing "Shine on you crazy diamond" for the first time at the tender age of 12 around the turn of the millennium. Coming from a musical family and brought up with classical music, this seemed to be the logical next step. Attended the school of www.progulus.com from 2002, delving into both directions: catching up with the history of already more than 30 years of progressive music as well as always staying up to date with the newest prog sounds. He loves meeting like-minded people and enjoying live music at a concert somewhere in Europe.

Matthias

Co-founder of The Progspace. Enthusiastic concert visitor - especially if there are good photo opportunities. Loves all kind of progressive rock and metal, as long as it is original and not too technical or aggressive. News journalist and passionate nature photographer.

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