This batch of releases comprises a range of musical styles, including hard-driving prog rock, heavily processed electronic textures, slick dance pop, a mix of acoustic roots and world music, and intelligent pop rock.
GARY GO: GARY GO (DECCA)
Well-crafted and accessible British pop rock. Go, who recently recorded a song using iPhone apps to create the tracks, has generated a ton of interest even before the release of the CD.
This selection is from the song "Life Gets in the Way" from Go's eponymous debut on Decca Records.
AMBROSE FIELD, JOHN POTTER: BEING DUFAY (ECM)
This unusual album combines the purely electronic sound and heavily processed field recordings of Ambrose Field with fragments of ex-Hilliard Ensemble tenor John Potter performing songs of 15-century Flemish composer Guillaume Dufay. Produced by Manfred Eicher, the result is quite striking and almost surprisingly effective.
— Geary Yelton
This excerpt is from the song "Je Me Complains" on Being Dufay (ECM).
BÉLA FLECK, EDGAR MEYER, ZAKIR HUSSAIN: THE MELODY OF RHYTHM (E1 MUSIC)
Three virtuoso musicians (Fleck on banjo, Meyer on double bass and Hussain on tabla) collaborate on a riveting and unique album that mixes elements of traditional Indian, classical and American roots music. The title cut is actually a three-movement concerto that the trio recorded live with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Here's an excerpt from the song "Cadence" from The Melody of Rhythm (E1 Music).
PORCUPINE TREE: THE INCIDENT (ROADRUNNER)
Steven Wilson and friends are back with an impressive, energetic 14-song prog-rock song cycle. A second CD with five additional but unrelated songs is also included with the physical product.
Watch a video of the song "Time Flies" from The Incident (Roadrunner).
ERIKA JAYNE: PRETTY MESS (E1 MUSIC)
Catchy dance-pop tunes, strong vocals and impeccable production mark Jayne's debut CD. A Prince influence runs throughout the album, including an Apollonia 6 cover and a guest appearance by Sheila E.
Here's a snippet from the song "Everybody Wants Some" from Jayne's debut CD, Pretty Mess (E1 Music).