This Month's Soundtrack, May 2009

Check out new releases from top artists as picked by the EM editors for the May 2009 issue
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These releases encompass a diverse range of styles and composition methods, from ambient and prog to jazz and new classical.

THE SEASON STANDARD: SQUEEZE ME AHEAD OF LINE (UNSUNG)

This German band's fascinating release blends vocal-based prog-rock structures with elements of electronica. Music so intense and fast that it's soothing — think King Crimson at double speed.

PARALLEL WORLDS: SHADE (DIN)

Purely electronic, glorpy textures combined with seductive sequencing make this disc from Greek composer Bakis Sirros a real winner.

RETURN TO FOREVER: RETURNS (EAGLE ROCK)

On this 2-disc live set, RTF reinterprets some of its classic Romantic Warrior-era pieces during its 2008 reunion tour.

BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW: EATING US (GRAVE)

Dreamy songs awash with psychedelic textures, and catchy melodies sung by vocoded voices. For fans of Boards of Canada.

SUZANNE CIANI: GALAPAGOS: A MUSICAL ODYSSEY (SEVENTH WAVE)

This DVD features 12 musical suites that enhance the stunning HD video footage of wildlife in the Galápagos Islands.