OVRFWRD to Release There Are No Ordinary Moments

The 5th studio album by OVRFWRD There Are No Ordinary Moments is a 10-song
journey through the sonic world that is OVRFWRD firing on all cylinders! Recorded
August 10th –15th 2023 at Flowers Studios in Minneapolis MN – Richard, Mark, Kyle and
Chris captured moments that are certainly not ordinary.

These 10 songs are the culmination of 2 years’ worth of writing, playing, living and
exploring musical moments. “Whenever we record, we try to go places we haven’t gone
before musically.” Says Mark Ilaug “With all the time we took to create these songs, we
tried to keep them fresh- I think we captured some amazing moments.”

Stream the new video here

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The album was funded through a very sucessful Kickstarter Campaign in May of 2023.
All pre-order sales were shipped to backers in November.

The official release date is set for January 12, 2024

Tracklist:

  1. Red Blanket (8:13)
  2. Eagle Plains (7:58)
  3. The Virtue Of… (5:52)
  4. Flatlander (3:14)
  5. Tramp Hollow (5:28)
  6. Notes Of The Concubine (8:20)
  7. Eyota (12:39)
  8. Chateau La Barre (2:12)
  9. Serpentine (6:54)
  10. The Way (7:30)

Purchase here: https://www.ovrfwrd.com/merch

Lineup:

Rikki Davenport / Drums and Percussion
Mark Ilaug / Guitars
Kyle Lund / Bass Guitar
Chris Malmgren / Keyboards

The Japanese-Brazilian progressive rock act Yasu release new single/video “My Spaceship Lost Control”

The Japanese-Brazilian trans progressive rock artist Yasu releases new single “My Spaceship Lost Control” on all streaming platforms. The track is a rock opera about an astronaut who finds his ship adrift in space, with death imminent. It’s a song full of metaphors about depression and mental health. The single has strong inspirations from bands such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree and David Bowie.

With its unique fusion of sonic elements and cultures, Yasu promises a captivating musical experience that will take progressive rock fans on an exciting and unforgettable journey. The track is a celebration of creativity and diversity, reflecting their Japanese and Brazilian cultural heritage.

Their talent for combining complex sonic textures with engaging lyrics transports listeners into a richly detailed sonic world where the past and present intertwine in magical ways.

Combining progressive rock, new wave and pop music, Yasu has strong inspirations from prog artists on the more pop side, such as Supertramp, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Alan Parsons Project and Steven Wilson.

“My Spaceship Lost Control”: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/4hzeJiVuepMuL3azcHFuWM

The video shows an astronaut adrift in space, with excerpts from videos by singer David Bowie. The music has strong inspirations in bands like Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree and David Bowie.

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0-YrQXH5gE

Mandalaband Debut and “The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies” Featuring Justin Hayward & 10cc Members Remastered Vinyl and CD Box Set Available November 30, 2023

The Mandalaband’s debut album and second release “The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies” will be released on remastered vinyl and CD box set on November 30, 2023!

Mandalaband (Expanded Edition)
Mandalaband began life in the early 1970’s, gaining cult status as one of the most forward-thinking prog outfits of the time. The brainchild of David Rohl, who formed a lineup featuring future Sad Café members Vic Emerson (keyboards), Ashley Mulford (guitars), John Stimpson (bass guitar and backing vocals), Tony Cresswell (drums) and vocalist Dave Durant. 


Mandalaband received critical acclaim with legendary BBC radio presenter John Peel playing the entire album on his show before promptly re-broadcasting the whole thing immediately after. Unfortunately, at the time, this didn’t translate to sales and Mandalaband fell into obscurity. However, with the advent of the internet, their legend grew, exciting a new generation of prog fans.


We are now pleased to make these recordings available again and offer a chance to dig into some of the most interesting progressive music of the ‘70s. As well as presenting the original album remastered, David gained access to the original 24-track analogue master tapes, having them restored and digitized at Abbey Road Studios before reinforcing the sound and instrumentation before remixing the entire album. Nearly fifty years on, a veil of sonic mist has been lifted from theseunique recordings.

Format: 2LP 180g gatefold edition featuring the original album and David Rohl. 2024 remix of entire album, both remastered at AIR Mastering, with rare bonus track. Includes newly written liner notes.

The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies (Expanded Edition)
The second Mandalaband album – “The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies” – took two full years to create. Recorded at Strawberry Studios with the help of Barclay James Harvest plus a plethora of musician friends and colleagues with whom David had worked with over the years including Eric Stewart (10cc), Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Graham Gouldman, Lol Creme & Kevin Godley (10cc) and Paul Young (Sad Café / Mike and the Mechanics). 
The narrative is based on a Tolkienesque fantasy of a magical gemstone, set in prehistory, the music and lyrics tell the tale through different vocalists playing the roles of the leading characters in the story. The Mandalaband founder carefully created this classic symphonic rock album on a budget of just £8,000. 
As well as presenting the original album remastered, David gained access to the original 24-track analogue master tapes, having them restored and digitized at Abbey Road Studios before reinforcing the sound and instrumentation before remixing the entire album.
Listening to David’s newly remixed version is a stunning sonic journey, with elements of prog, electronica, soft rock and instrumental soundscapes, the influence of these recordings on prog-music that followed is clear.
Format: 2LP 180g gatefold edition featuring the original album and David Rohl 2024 remix of the entire album, newly remastered at AIR Mastering. Comes with the original 6-panel booklet telling the full “The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies” story with beautiful illustration and newly written liner notes.
4CD Edition:Both albums will be released as a 4CD edition housed in a clamshell box, featuring 2024 David Rohl remixes of the band’s first two albums, along with the original versions, with rarities from the archives, all newly remastered at AIR Mastering. Comes with a 24-page booklet with liner notes previously unseen photographs.

TRACKLISTING:
Disc 1: Mandalaband – 2024 Remaster
1. Om Mani Padme Hum (In four movements) 2. Determination 3. Song For a King 4. Roof of the World 5. Looking In

Disc 2: The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies – 2024 Remaster
1. The Eye Of Wendor 2a. Florian’s Song 2b. Ride To The City
3. Almar’s Tower 4. Like The Wind 5a. The Tempest 5b. Dawn Of A New Day 6. Departure from Carthilias 7. Elsethea 8. Witch of Waldow Wood 9. Siledandre 10. Aenord’s Lament 10a. Funeral of the King 10b. Coronation of Damien

Disc 3: Mandalaband – 2024 David Rohl Version
1. Om Mani Padme Hum (In four movements) 2. Determination 3. Song For a King 4. Roof of the World 5. Looking In 6. Om Mani Padme Hum (Camel Studios Demo) 7. Looking In (CBS Studios Chrysalis Live Audition) 8. Roof of the World (Indigo Sound Demo)
Disc 4: The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies – 2024 David Rohl Version
1. The Eye Of Wendor 2a. Florian’s Song 2b. Ride To The City
3. Almar’s Tower 4. Like The Wind 5a. The Tempest 5b. Dawn Of A New Day 6. Departure from Carthilias 7. Elsethea 8. Witch of Waldow Wood 9. Siledandre 10. Aenord’s Lament 10a. Funeral of the King 10b. Coronation of Damien 11. Dawn Of A New Day (Single Mix) 12. The Eye Of Wendor (Indigo Sound Demo) 13. Witch Of Waldow Wood (Indigo Sound Demo) 14. Silesandre (Indigo Sound Demo) 15. The Tempest / Dawn Of A New Day (Australian Single Version) 16. Florian’s Song / Ride To The City (Australian Single Version)

To purchase: https://burningshed.com/store/mandalaband

New Album Feat. Jake Livgren drops on Waterfall!

We’ve got the debut album of a great new band launching today on waterfall.  Many of you will know Jake Livgren who sings on this album from Jesus Christ: The Exorcist and The Dreamer – Joseph: Part 1 (and also part 2!) 

The band, Emerald City Council is an American progressive rock band, formed in 2021 out of a recording project produced by saxophonist/keyboardist Brent Bristow. The band features vocalist Jake Livgren (Proto-Kaw, Kerry Livgren) and drummer Noah Hungate (The Band Perry, son of Toto’s David Hungate), along with Jeremy Nichols (Erin Coburn) on bass, and up and coming guitarist Seth Hankerson. Brandon Goff, Associate Professor of Music Industry at Francis Marion University, has also contributed significant guitar work as special collaborator to the band.

Bristow, Professor of Music at Arkansas State University-Beebe, began the project to record some of his original material, in which he wanted to feature the saxophone in a non-jazz context to show the versatility of the instrument. The rhythm section of Hungate, Nichols, and Hankerson clicked very quickly with impeccable musicianship, and Livgren’s range and versatility as a vocalist brought greater depth and meaning to the lyrics and melodies.

After hearing the early results of these sessions, Casey McPherson (Flying Colors, Alpha Rev) suggested that they move beyond merely recording together and actually form a band. Adopting Livgren’s suggested name of Emerald City Council, the band is eager to perform live shows in the near future!

You can hear their debut album, Motion Carries, streaming today along with lots more music from my and other artists catalogues.

If you aren’t yet a member, you can join at www.waterfallstreaming.com and if you’re an Inner Circle member you can get your subscription at a rock bottom price!

Blessings

Neal

Emerald City Council Release Ice Thinning the Bands First Single

Emerald City Council just released Ice Thinning the band’s 1st single from the upcoming debut album Motion Carries due out in early 2024. 

This challenging composition demonstrates the ability level and versatility of the group, while still providing strong melodic hooks that will make you want to sing along. The harmony and interplay of the guitar and soprano saxophone create a unique texture that is a prominent feature of the ECC sound. It blends a variety of musical styles, including a tribute to Jake’s uncle, the great Kerry Livgren, and lyrically, it is a call to set aside differences and hatred to find common ground. For fans of prog or people who just enjoy great rock music, this is the song for you!

Emerald City Council are:
Jake Livgren-lead and backing vocals, keyboard
Noah Hungate-drums
Jeremy Nichols-bass
Seth Hankerson-guitar
Brent Bristow-saxophones, keyboards, recorder, guitar, vocals
Music and Lyrics by Brent Bristow
Produced by Brent Bristow

About Emerald City Council:
The band features vocalist Jake Livgren (Proto-Kaw, Kerry Livgren), drummer Noah Hungate (The Band Perry, son of Toto’s David Hungate), Jeremy Nichols (Erin Coburn) on bass, up-and-coming guitarist Seth Hankerson, and saxophonist/keyboardist Brent Bristow (Professor of Music at Arkansas State University-Beebe). Brandon Goff, Associate Professor of Music Industry at Francis Marion University, has also contributed significant guitar work as a special collaborator to the band.

The album includes several guest appearances, including guitar solos from Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer, Neal Morse), and Mike Thompson (The Sons of Kirk), plus contributions from actors Jeffery Combs (Star Trek, Re-Animator) and Steve Rankin (Star Trek, X-Files).

Multi-Grammy/Emmy-winning engineer and producer Jamie Tate, an important member of the ECC team, mixed and mastered the material at the Rukkus Room Studio in Nashville. Artist Thomas Ewerhard provided the cover artwork that perfectly captures the spirit of the music.

Watch the Video Here

Emerald City Council Online
Website: https://emeraldcitycouncil.com
Facebook: https://bit.ly/3SbF1ft
Youtube: https://bit.ly/45O5F17
Bandcamp Store: https://emeraldcitycouncil.bandcamp.com/track/ice-thinning-2

Melodic Revolution Records Online
https://li.sten.to/mrrmusiccom

New Album Feat. Jake Livgren drops on Waterfall!

We’ve got the debut album of a great new band launching today on waterfall.  Many of you will know Jake Livgren who sings on this album from Jesus Christ: The Exorcist and The Dreamer – Joseph: Part 1 (and also part 2!) 

The band, Emerald City Council is an American progressive rock band, formed in 2021 out of a recording project produced by saxophonist/keyboardist Brent Bristow. The band features vocalist Jake Livgren (Proto-Kaw, Kerry Livgren) and drummer Noah Hungate (The Band Perry, son of Toto’s David Hungate), along with Jeremy Nichols (Erin Coburn) on bass, and up and coming guitarist Seth Hankerson. Brandon Goff, Associate Professor of Music Industry at Francis Marion University, has also contributed significant guitar work as special collaborator to the band.

Bristow, Professor of Music at Arkansas State University-Beebe, began the project to record some of his original material, in which he wanted to feature the saxophone in a non-jazz context to show the versatility of the instrument. The rhythm section of Hungate, Nichols, and Hankerson clicked very quickly with impeccable musicianship, and Livgren’s range and versatility as a vocalist brought greater depth and meaning to the lyrics and melodies.

After hearing the early results of these sessions, Casey McPherson (Flying Colors, Alpha Rev) suggested that they move beyond merely recording together and actually form a band. Adopting Livgren’s suggested name of Emerald City Council, the band is eager to perform live shows in the near future!

You can hear their debut album, Motion Carries, streaming today along with lots more music from my and other artists catalogues.

If you aren’t yet a member, you can join at www.waterfallstreaming.com and if you’re an Inner Circle member you can get your subscription at a rock bottom price!

Blessings

Neal