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.