Prog's Tracks Of The Week

The weather’s turned grim, but hopefully these tunes will acts as rays of sunshine to brighten up your life…


TesseracT - Messenger

We’ve been icing with their new album Polaris for a while now, and the overall sound, exemplified by Messenger, is of a band that have really grown into their own skin. Dar one suggest that’s due to the reappearance of vocalist Dan Tompkins in TesseracT’s ranks? Either way, it’s a bigger, proggier sound from TesseracT than ever before. A winner all the way…


Purson - The Contract

One of the great things about the announcement of the Prog Awards nominees every year is that it reminds us all of the brilliant music out there that we might have forgotten about. Purson’s debut may have been released two years ago but the folky, flares-sporting London psychedelic rockers are up for this year’s Vanguard Award and have a new album coming out this year. While you wait, give this a spin!


Earthside - The Closest I’ve Come

As soon as I saw the band’s name, I had a mental image of myself floating high above our pale blue dot looking majestic in the great expanse of space. And on hearing this track, from their forthcoming debut album A Dream In Static, my initial thought was amplified by the melodic, nuanced bell-like guitar tones of a group of musicians firmly in the same camp as Animals As Leaders and Scale the Summit but, like my floating space-suited self, removed from the drabness of day to day experiences to give us their widescreen cinematic take on the world. Which is strange as sound doesn’t travel in space so I’d have to hear it elsewhere. Ah that’ll be earth side then


Coppelius - Schöne Augen

Last week, I was watching the eccentric Coppelius in Germany and their crazy performance is still stuck in my head. One of the stand-out songs from their set was Schöne Augen, which our German intern tells me translates as Beautiful Eyes. It’s taken from their album Tumult! and is a bonkers blend of chamber jazz, folk and gothic metal set against a steampunk backdrop.


Chon - Echo

This San Diego foursome have an uncanny knack for blending XTC-style songwriting smarts with dizzying, jazzy math-rock guitar lines. If that means they fall between two stools for most audiences, it also means they land right on our turf. If you have time, let their YouTube channel play out from this tasty piece - there’s plenty to tantalise in the run-up to debut album Grow, out on Sumerian on September 25th. They’re touring the UK with The Fall Of Troy this month, with a stop at that post-rock Woodstock ArcTanGent on the August 21st. This mellifluous, knotty stuff might see them steal the show…


Haken - The Cockroach King

One of the best songs from this London prog metal bands third album The Mountain. After a comical start it drops to a much darker and heavier sound – just the right song to start your weekend. An absolute feel good song – and a highlight of their Ramblin’ Man gig!

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.