Prog's Tracks Of The Week

Here’s some music that various members of the Prog team have been grooving to this week…


Big Big Train – Wassail

Another winner from the Big Big Train boys. Loving the folkier direction they’ve taken with this track. I can also imagine this, along with previous single Make Some Noise will go down a storm at their hugely anticipated live shows later this year, with their booming song-a-long choruses. Nice artwork, too!


Galley Beggar – Silence And Tears

Anyone yearning for the days when British folk pop reigned supreme with the likes of Fairport Convention and Pentangle will find sustenance in Kent’s Galley Beggar. Taken from their brand new album Silence And Tears, Adam And Eve is a stunning nod to the golden age of folk.


Laura J Martin – Red Flag

I first heard of Laura J Martin on the delightfully eccentric Bonus Skor EP back in 2012. A flautist and mandolin player using loops, Laura happily wades around the psychedelic folk end of the progressive spectrum with nods to Jethro Tull (of course) and Kate Bush. In fact this track from her second album Dazzle does evoke the creative drama of Kate Bush’s The Dreaming and is none the worse for it.


The Great Discord – L’homme Mauvais

These new Swedish progressive metallers love early Genesis but that might not be entirely apparent from the sound on their new single! Unbelievably The Great Discord have only been around for a couple of years but L’homme Mauvais is an impressively slick and insanely catchy song that’s taken from their debut album Duende. It’s out through Metal Blade next month.

Listen to the track here.


Henry Cow – Living In The Heart Of The Beast

Henry Cow’s In Praise Of Learning was released exactly 40 years ago, May ‘75, and it features this catchy little number. Living In the Heart Of The Beast sums up everything that attracts some to the avant-garde centre of prog, and has others fleeing fast in the opposite direction. Here’s the Cow at a Swiss festival the year after, and among the many things to love here is Tim Hodgkinson’s mumbly stab at introducing the tune in French…


IOEarth – New World

You’d have to have a pretty hard heart not to love Midland masters, IOEarth. Not only do they make ambitious, symphonic prog, but they genuinely try to treat fans as part of the family. Yes, the songs are epic, winding and full of pyrotechnics, but more than that they do prog right – they want to make the apparently impossible possible. Their launch for new album New World, from which this track is taken, underlines their virtues: find a great venue, get fans from all over the world together, bring in brass and string sections and party till late in the evening. A modern band all prog fans should pay attention to.


Primrose Green

Genuinely nomadic folk fuelled by a love of jazz and a sound of the 60s, with echoes of John Martyn and Tim Buckley? We’re sold…

Hannah May Kilroy

Hannah May Kilroy has been writing about music professionally for over a decade, covering everything from extreme metal to country. She was deputy editor at Prog magazine for over five years, and previously worked on the editorial teams at Terrorizer and Kerrang!. She currently works as the production editor for The Art Newspaper, and also writes for the Guardian, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.