NewEARS Album Of The Month"PFM have likened their musical approach to that of impressionist painters, describing their music as a "free explosion of colours and sounds", drawing on blues, rock, jazz, pop and classical music, which is evident on I Dreamed of Electric Sheep. The music ranges from the gentle, bucolic feel of Let Go (although I prefer the Italian title Ombre Amiche, which possibly translates as 'Shadow Friend'?) to the furious and bubbling jazz rock of the outstanding finale Transhumance Jam. In between we get the deeply funky Electric Sheep, with some excellent bass slapping from long-time member Patrick Djivas, and the bouncing, breezy and fun Daily Heroes, featuring some delightful violin and viola from Lucio Fabbri. City Life is suitably electronic with robotic voices and powerful driving guitars, bass and drums, conveying a dark and forbidding cityscape. "
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) -
I Dreamed Of Electric Sheep
"It is remarkable that a band which was formed over 50 years ago is still able to produce an album of such excellence. PFM's I Dreamed of Electric Sheep deserves to be regarded as one of the most impressive and imaginative progressive rock albums of 2021." LT-TPA
"Overall the album is a cool concept album of the covid era, albeit hampered by an overly digital feeling, with a little too much generic synth flowing throughout. Think transitional Marillion, some Dream Theater, Suonare Suonare era PFM and a bit of real classic PFM all swirled together. If that sounds appealing, definitely check this out."
Essential Track: "PFM leave the best to last on this greatly enjoyable album with the uplifting Kindred Souls, followed by the aforementioned finale of the Transhumance couplet of instrumental pieces. Kindred Souls features both ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, and is akin to the wonderfully positive We're Not An Island, which opened Emotional Tattoos. This song is a delightful anthem which starts with a drone and Franz Di Cioccio's heartfelt vocals, which are joined with subtle programmed percussion and dashes of Eastern styled violin. Sounds of a bagpipe add to the tapestry of sound with a lilting piano, and then the tempo and power increases with a martial drumbeat, again with the synth bagpipe sounds. Ian Anderson joins the joyous march with his distinctive flights of flute as the rest of PFM roll on with melodic power. Steve Hackett's inimitable guitar then weaves its way around this magnificent musical parade beautifully. The band blend their voices in a rousing choral finale and bring one of the most uplifting melodic progressive songs of 2021 to a great conclusion, and that's not a bad thing after the last year or so." LT-TPA
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NewEARS Art Rock Series
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New England Events
The Gilmour Project (Jeff Pevar, Kasim Sulton, Prairie Prince, Mark Karan & Scott Guberman) at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
Postponed to May 7
Mindset X 18th Anniversary Show at Angel City Music Hall - Manchester, NH at 08:00 PM
Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
$45 - $60
Dream Theater - THE TOP OF THE WORLD TOUR 2021 at Boch Center - Wang Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
With Special Guests Arch Echo
$39 - $229 VIP
Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
$49.50 - $104.50 (VIP)
The Neal Morse Band - ‘An Evening of Innocence & Danger’ at The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA at 08:00 PM
$50 - $55 day of show
CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield CT at 08:00 PM
$45 & $95 (VIP)
CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY at Bull Run - Shirley MA at 08:00 PM
$46 (+drink minimum)
TOOL at TD Garden - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
$59.50 - $149.50
MESHUGGAH at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
With Special Guests Converge and Torche
$42.50 - $60.45
Steve Vai - Inviolate Tour at The Strand - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
$40 - $1565 (Ultimate VIP Experience)
Steve Vai - Inviolate Tour at College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
$45 - $1575 (Ultimate VIP Experience)
Steve Vai - Inviolate Tour at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
$47 - $1565 (Ultimate VIP Experience)
Dream Theater - THE TOP OF THE WORLD TOUR 2021 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Hartford, CT at 07:30 PM
With Special Guests Arch Echo
$45.50 - $379.50
Leprous at Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA at 07:00 PM
With Special Guests The Ocean
Kansas - Point of Know Return at College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
$50 - $125
YOUR MOVE premiers on the shore at the C-Note in Hull MA!
Your Move plays the music you don't regularly hear from a time when Music Mattered. Performing the music of Zeppelin, Rush, Kansas, Floyd, Tull, Styx, BOC, Genesis, YES... and more!
Don't miss out on this amazing night of Prog and Hard Rock Classics!
The South Shore's Sea Side Night Club. Right across the street from beautiful Nantasket Beach!
Prog in the News
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2022-01-21: Damian Wilson and Steve Walsh guest on new LALU video for Paint The Sky
2022-01-21: Jordan Rudess tribute to Meat Loaf
2022-01-21: Progarchy: Rick’s Quick Takes for January
2022-01-20: Saga's Michael Sadler Discusses New ProgJect...err...Project
2022-01-20: Art-Rock Ensemble Time Horizon To Release Third Album “Power of Three” Feat. Guest Appearance By Saga’s Michael Sadler
2022-01-20: John Lodge – The Royal Affair and After (Live) (SP Album Review)
2022-01-19: Bent Knee on Audiotree Live
2022-01-19: Simon Phillips - Protocol V
2022-01-19: Prog Ensemble Vast Conduit To Release Debut Album “Always Be There” February 16, 2022
2022-01-19: Ian Anderson Wrestles With New Jethro Tull LP’s Biblical Themes
2022-01-19: Listen to Joe Satriani’s Groovy New Single ‘Sahara’
2022-01-19: Haken announce return of original keyboard player Pete Jones
2022-01-19: Arjen Lucassen's Star One premiere 'zany', Bill & Ted-inspired video for Revel In Time
2022-01-18: The Flower Kings release new video for 'accessible' A Million Stars
2022-01-18: Turning Virtue - One In The Same (Official Video)
2022-01-18: Big Big Train release poignant live clip of Welcome To The Planet
2022-01-17: JB Album Review: Big Big Train - ‘Welcome to the Planet’
2022-01-17: RIP: Moron Police drummer Thore Pettersen dies after car accident
2022-01-17: IO Earth split with singer Rosanna Lefevre
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