- Explosions in the Sky, "Yasmin the Light": beautiful post-rock.
- Kansas, "Miracles Out of Nowhere": Old Kansas - great stuff.
- The Flower Kings, "Starlight Man": People who've read my FRTs know
that I pretty much worship the ground Roine Stolte walks on. Even a short,
simple ballad like this, Stolte manages to turn into something amazing.
- Metaphor, "Don't Sleep": Metaphor is one of my favorite discoveries. They're
very obscure; most proggies that I talk to haven't heard of them. But they're
really excellent. Definitely Flower-Kings inspired, but with a very distinctive
sound, and a great sense of humor.
- Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, "Dig": Progressive Klezmer! FBKB does
a fantastic job of mixing very traditional Klezmer with all sorts of other
- Tan Dun, "Water Passion after St. Matthew": This is a masterpiece. Tan Dun
is a really brilliant composer; this composition is inspired by Bach's
"St. Matthew's Passion", which is one of my favorite pieces of music of all time.
It's frequently difficult to hear the connection between Tan Dun's work,
and what inspired it, but the connection is there.
- Jerry Douglas, "Takarasaka": a duet between the world's best
Dobro player, and the world's best Bass player.
- Spock's Beard, "All That's Left": SB is a Genesis inspired
neo-progressive band. They almost dissolved a few years back when their
original leader quit the band, but since then they've developed in
wonderful directions - they sound much less like they're trying to just
be Genesis. This is one of my favorite songs off their most recent album.
- Jadis, "What Goes Around?": Something different: a Marillion inspired
neo-prog band. They're on a label run by Steve Rothery from Marillion. They've
got a very Marillion-like sound, but a bit more pop-ish. I still haven't
quite decided how I feel about this album.
- Genesis, "Fly on a Windshield": a wonderful bit from Peter Gabriel's
masterpiece album with Genesis.