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Stick Men — Prog Noir (October 16, 2016)

Stick Men — Prog Noir (October 16, 2016)

 Stick Men — Prog Noir (October 16, 2016)   Stick Men — Prog Noir (October 16, 2016)→  From the overpowering to the sublime; from an organic, instinctive avant garde, to intricate, Crimsonesque tapestries, to rich cinematic themes and potent melodies, the album embodies the go–for–it, pioneering spirit that fans of the genre have long savored. A modern prog epic!
→  Bassist Tony Levin has been sharing his road experiences here since 1996 (which sounds fairly recent, but in the Internet world, it isn’t. Even the terms weblog and blog were coined in 1997 and 1999.)
→  After 20 years, it seemed like the right time for a bit of a makeover! Due to the amount of content on the site, it would take far too long to transfer it all, so you will find most of the old stuff in the ‘Archives’.
→  We have over 400 archived tour pages on the site (with about 6,800 photos) and we’re happy to have had almost 5 million visits.
→  Stick Men je americká progresivní rocková skupina složená z prvotřídních muzikantů. Pat Mastelotto a Tony Levin tvoří rytmickou sekci legendární skupiny King Crimson. Mastelotto je po celém světě žádaný jako nejpřednější rockový bubeník. Levin hraje v současnosti s Peterem Gabrielem a King Crimson, v minulosti spolupracoval s Tomem Waitsem, Lou Reedem, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Johnem Lennonem, Paulem Simonem a Pink Floyd. Markus Reuter je skladatelem a kytaristou, v minulosti studoval pod vedením Roberta Frippa.
→  Tony Levin hraje na svůj 12~strunný Chapman Stick, od něhož je odvozen i název uskupení. Protože má tento nástroj jak basové, tak běžné kytarové struny, funguje občas jako nástroje dva. Markus Reuter hraje na svou ‘touch guitar’, kterou si sám navrhl — i on pokrývá svým stylem hraní širší rozsah, než kolik bychom čekali buď jen od basové, nebo doprovodné kytary. Bicí Pata Mastelotta také zahrnují víc než základní sestavu akustických bicích — zapojuje i speciální elektronickou soustavu, která mu umožňuje použití samplů a přehrávání smyček atd.
→  Resumé: použité nástroje zvýrazňují perkusivní charakter lehce zařaditelné hudby sahající od progresivního metalu k názvukům elektronického afrorocku i nečekané rozsahy, protože dvanáctistrunný Chapmanův stick má basové i kytarové struny.                                                      © Photo credit: Kai R Joachim
Location: Boston, Massachusetts ~ New York, New York, United States
Album release: October 16, 2016
Record Label: Stickmen
Duration:     51:24
01 Prog Noir     5:37
02 Mantra     5:46
03 Plutonium     4:48
04 The Tempest     5:42
05 Schattenhaft     4:32
06 Rose in the Sand / Requiem     4:36
07 Leonardo     4:57
08 Trey’s Continuum     4:03
09 Embracing the Sun     4:54
10 Never the Same     6:29
•   Written by Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto
→  Tony Levin: Stick and Voice
→  Pat Mastelotto: Acoustic and Electronic Drums and Percussion
→  Markus Reuter: U8 and AU8 Touch Guitars and Voice
The combo package includes:
• 2LP 180 grams gatefold (the LP has a bonus tracks on the Side B of the second LP, which is not included in the regular CD package)
• 2CD special edition of the new album, digipack. (Disk One is the regular 10 track album. Disk Two contains 8 bonus tracks.)
• Full color poster of the album artwork (17x22 inches)
→  Available only until sold. All orders will be shipped between October 25 and November 10, depending on the territory.
→  No signed boxed sets are available anymore.
→  Shipping out on or around October 25, 2016
→  Edition of 50
→  Mix and post~production by Benjamin Schäfer and Markus Reuter for Unsung Productions
→  Mastered by Lee Fletcher
→  Recorded at Unsung Productions in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany, at Pat’s Studio in Austin, TX, USA, and at Tony’s studio in Kingston, NY. Additional drum recordings at Mike McCarthy’s studio in Austin, TX.
→  Recording engineers: Benjamin Schäfer, Mike McCarthy, Machine, Bill Munyon, Adrian Benavides
→  Artwork by John Bergin
→  Band photography by Kai R. Joachim
→  Layout by Bernhard Wöstheinrich
→  Produced by Stick Men
→  With riveting performances by the modern prog~rock legends Stick Men — Tony Levin, Markus Reuter and Pat Mastelotto, — Prog Noir is ambitious, achieving and immediately essential.
→  Cinematic themes, towering grooves and intricate arrangements are all on tap, and shower down in abundance. Proving conclusively that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts, this herculean effort exceeds any perceived limitations of the trio format — satisfying even the most devout and demanding of listeners.
→  Long~time fans of Stick Men and King Crimson will revel in ecstasy, as the three sonic adventurers gleefully waltz to the outer fringes, while remaining sure~footed through every scene. The chemistry of Levin and Mastelotto has never been more evident, keeping a solid, propulsive undercurrent flowing beneath the soaring presence of the ingenious ‘mad scientist’ antics of Reuter. … and a profound presence Markus Reuter does prove himself to be. One could be quickly forgiven for mistaking his avid, searching, convicted playing for that of Master Fripp, if administered under blindfold!
→  The album’s ten compositions showcase Stick Men at their most versatile and enterprising; there’s even some superb vocals (and vocal arrangements). While most of the large following the band has amassed will undoubtedly be surprised by the more structured and preconceived nature of the tunes, the revelation is a pleasant one. The album triumphantly succeeds on every level, with the group even displaying a playful sense of humor, clearly enjoying and savoring the moment.
Studio albums:
→  Stick Men (2009), A special edition release with preview material from the band’s next CD
→  Soup (2010)
→  Absalom (2011)
→  Open (2012)
→  Deep (2013)
→  Prog Noir (2016)
Bandcamp: https://stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
Tony Levin: http://tonylevin.com/ / Markus Reuter: http://www.markusreuter.com/ © Photo credit: Juergen Spachman

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