The first few releases/distributions from Musea were announced on July 8, and their offerings start with The Lost Generation, the new project from Diaries Of A Hero's bass player Matteo Bevilacqua. The British musician takes a step away from his heavy-metal background and
explores different musical paths, following the footsteps of bands such as Porcupine Tree, Anathema, Pain Of Salvation and the softer side of Opeth. Recorded in the Sciolze hills, Italy, the self-titled first album (Musea Parallèle, 2014) examines various themes focusing mainly on the conditions the youth are living in, and the overall tension that peeked in the 2011 London Riots.
Like all concept-albums, it needs to be observed as a whole to fully capture the journey the listener is invited to follow as the musical genres intersect with one another. Progressive rock leads the way to ethereal acoustic sections, electronic experimentations and even a bluegrass track, but the atmosphere is one, undoubtably traveling on the same train that terminates where it began, leaving the listener with no question that the creativity displayed here is only just the beginning...
Next there's Ploffs - The Beginning Of An Amazing Journey. When one seeks new sounds, new paths and new directions, The Beginning Of An Amazing Journey by Ploffs finds it all. The Instrumental scene via Electronica, both acoustic and electric, the unstoppable pursuit of fresh grounds are and will always be the main assets of their music. The unthinkable becomes reality and the journey has just begun... [And beyond Musea's blurb, I can find very little info on who or what Ploffs is/are except they are from Portugal. And this at YouTube, the track/excerpt "Psalm 23," posted by Musea (i think)... the soundtrack to whatever visuals your mind creates as it's merely audio... What came to mind with no specificity, just wisps of thoughts: early Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream and electronic music in general, Porcupine Tree's "Voyage," music for abstract computer animation videos... You can find the release as a download, however, at Amazon... -ed.]
Various - Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas - Part Two (Musea Compilation). Colossus and Musea proudly present their latest collaboration, Decameron, Part Two. Thirty-four bands from 14 countries span 4 CDs. Each band created a new composition, in a classic prog rock style, inspired by their chosen story from 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Bocaccio's Decameron. Songs range from pastoral (Yagull's beautiful acoustic guitar piece) to epic (Unitopia's 20+minutes masterpiece). Highlights are too numerous to mention in a short press release; all
musicians took on this challenge with aplomb, and the result is a stunning array of international talent and love for progressive rock. Decameron, Part Two is sure to delight fans of 1970s inspired
prog, and will make a fantastic addition to anyone's collection. Includes a 80-page booklet by renowned artist Ed Unitsky.
An entry at ProgArchives.com provides the full tracklisting for the 4-disc set, here's the list of artists: Ars Ephemera, La Bocca Della Verita, Camelias Garden, D'AccorD, Tommy Eriksson, Faveravola, Intarsia, Jinetes Negros, Karda Estra, King Of Agogik, Rhys Marsh, Mogon, Mauro Mulas, Narrow Pass, Nexus, Oceanic Legion, Orchestra D'Oblio, Ozone Player, Piccolo Zoo, Playing The History, The Rebel Wheel, The Rome Prog(j)ect, Jamie Rosas & Rodrigo Godoy, The Samurai Of Prog, Marchesi Scamorza, Senogul, Serdimontana, La Theorie Des Cordes, Trion, Unitopia, Steve Unruh, Robert Webb, Willowglass, Yagull -ed.
A World Music offering is Suzy K. - Heavy Things & Peaceful Waters: Suzy K. is a German singer/songwriter having lived and worked in France as a musician for almost 20 years. After performing solo for a couple of years, she decided to arrange her songs by adding different acoustic instruments in order to record her first solo album in collaboration with composer and guitar player Jean-Pascal Boffo, sound engineer at Studio AMPER (Metz, France). Based on the new arrangements, saxophones, double bass, cello, violin, piano and percussions are delicately added by a dozen gifted musicians and take the listener on an acoustic journey, somewhere between folk, pop, jazz and blues, including ethnic sounds and even classical influences. With a mature and temperate voice Suzy whispers, sings, laughs and cries her mostly autobiographical tales about the unavoidable correlation of life's Heavy Things & Peaceful Waters.
An in Jazz, a DVD: Bernard Lubat - L'A Musicien.