Mini Moogs: Micro Reviews, Part II

Yesterday, I had the chance to offer smallish reviews of a number of physical CDs that have arrived at progarchy HQ.  Today, I continue with part II.

It can get none more dark!

First up, Krakow’s MINUS.  I must note, there’s nothing that Norway’s Karisma label releases that doesn’t interest me.  The label is one of the best up-and-coming labels out there, offering everything from shoe-gaze prog to black metal.  As far as I know, Krakow fits into something more akin to black metal than it does into shoe-gaze prog.  I’ve asked metal master, Mahesh, to review this, as I’m simply not capable of understanding what’s going on.  I like what I hear, but I have no reference for it.  it just seems impenetrably dark to me.  Not in a bad way.  In fact, I like it.  But, listening to it is akin to me listening to Hindi.  I like the sounds, I just don’t have a clue what’s going on.

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Mini Moogs: Micro Reviews, Part I

Mini Moogs: Micro Reviews, Part I

Some rather extraordinary physical CDs have arrived at progarchy HQ recently.  Here’s a run-down of each, listed in no particular order—except how they’re stacked on my desk.

pohja konn
Estonian prog.

The top of the stack is from Estonia, Põhja Konn (meaning, in English, “The Dragon (or, strangely, enough “frog”) of the North”).  This is pretty amazing prog, though I have no clue what the lyrics or the CD-booklet state.  Embarrassingly enough, I thought the language was Finnish at first, only to realize—after some searching—that it’s Estonian.  I must admit, I love the art of the packaging—a cross between an Phish’s JUNTA and Big Big Train’s THE UNDERFALL YARD.  The music itself is unapologetically 1970s prog—with Squire-like bass, Howe-like guitar, and Banks-like keyboards.  That I don’t understand the lyrics actually makes this release even more interesting, as it adds more than an element of mystery to this whole thing.  Highly recommended.

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