KAPREKAR’S CONSTANT – – ALL YOU WISH YOURSELF – TALKING ELEPHANT

Here we have a two-track digital single from one of the best new prog bands around, Kaprekar’s Constant, with all proceeds going to the charity Crisis. While the title cut is a new song, the second “Call It A Memory” was their debut single back in 2017. Their mix of folk and prog, with complex arrangements and layerings, have made Kaprekar’s Constant a great many friends, and their debut ‘Fate Outsmarts Desire’ is simply stunning (to my shame I still haven’t played the follow-up, ‘Depth of Field’, but it is on my list, honest!). These two songs remind me just why I love that album so much, as while the arrangements are huge and complicated there is also a simplicity contained with which make them such a delight. One can certainly see why David Jackson is so involved, and his use of various saxes, flutes, and whistles breaks through to provide an edge while the twin vocals of Bill Jefferson and Dorie Jackson are sublime and comforting. This single should become a new Christmas classic, and by buying it not only will you have an incredible musical experience but you will be helping those less fortunate as well.

10/10 Kev Rowland

20 Essential Albums of 2018 by Kev Rowland

No. 1
Yagull – Yuna
Self-released
December 2, 2018
https://yagull-moonjune.bandcamp.com/track/yuna-2

No. 2
Galahad – Seas of Change

Self-released
January 22, 2018
https://galahad1.bandcamp.com/album/seas-of-change

No. 3
Michael – Alan Taylor Avalonia (The Sonnets of Guinevere)

Melodic Revolution Records
June 29, 2018
https://michael-alantaylor.bandcamp.com

No.4
Bomber Goggles – Gyreland
Melodic Revolution Records
March 21, 2018
https://bombergoggles.bandcamp.com

No. 5.
Tiger Moth Tales – Story Tellers Part Two
Self-releasedTalking Elephant
October 18, 2018
https://tigermothtales.bandcamp.com/album/story-tellers-part-two

No. 6
Ashley Hutchings – Paradise And Thorns
Talking Elephant
November 9, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Thorns-ASHLEY-HUTCHINGS/dp/B07GJFQ2CV

No. 7
Soft Machine – Hidden Details
Dyad
September 14, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Details-Soft-Machine/dp/B07F9G2JQX

No. 8
3.2 – The Rules Have Changed
Frontiers Music SRL
August 10, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Have-Changed-3-2/dp/B07D5R6GFK

No. 9 
Dream Aria – The Other Side
February 24, 2018
Self-released
https://dreamaria.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-other-side-cd

No. 10
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear – Live in the Studio
Self-released
September 16th. 2018
http://www.iona.uk.com/albums/detail/id/36/live-in-the-studio

No. 11
Xavi Reija – The Sound Of The Earth
MoonJune Records
January 18, 2019
https://xavireija-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/the-sound-of-the-earth-hd

No. 12
Mystery – Lies
and Butterflies
Unicorn Digital 
Released July 14, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Butterflies-Mystery/dp/B07F7R8L1Q

No. 13
Damanek – In Flight

Giant Electric Pea
October 12, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Damanek/dp/B07GWJW463

No.14
Dwiki Dharmawan – Rumah Batu
MoonJune Records
May 15, 2018
https://dwikidharmawan-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/rumah-batu-hd

No. 15
Dialeto – Live with David Cross
Chromatic Music
June 4, 2018
https://dialeto.bandcamp.com/album/live-with-david-cross

No. 16
Mayan – Dhyana
September 21, 2018
Nuclear Blast
https://www.amazon.com/Dhyana-MaYaN/dp/B07GRRH5HC

No. 17
Carpe Noctem – Vitrun
Aural Music
October 5, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Vitrun-Carpe-Noctem/dp/B07GGRJWQZ

No.18
Ovrfwrd – Blurring the Lines (a democracy manifest ) ( 2018)
Sel-released
September 29, 2018
https://ovrfwrd.bandcamp.com/album/blurring-the-lines-a-democracy-manifest-2018 

No. 19
The C Sides Project – 10 Days
Self-released
October 26, 2018
https://csides1.bandcamp.com/album/10-days

No. 20
Ten Jinn – Ziggy Blackstar (A Tribute To David
Melodic Revolution Records
October 5, 2018
https://tenjinn.bandcamp.com/album/ziggy-blackstar-a-tribute-to-david-bowie