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Prog's Tracks Of The Week

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

EDITOR - JERRY EWING

BALLYHOO - MAN ON THE MOON

OK, I’m taking those that remember (hi Steph) back to the Marquee and the heady days of watching the likes of Pendragon and IQ headline in the hot summer of 1983. Back then the DJ used to play this track all the time, and although we had no idea who Ballyhoo were back then, thanks to a South African mate, years later I acquired a CD by the band (about as rare as rocking horse dung). Admittedly it was pretty poor, but this track still shone out like a brilliant beacon. Hope you enjoy it…

DEPUTY EDITOR - HANNAH MAY KILROY

LITHIUM DAWN - ASCENSION

These US proggers mix electronics up with prog rock and take influence from Porcupine Tree and Periphery. Anyone into the groovy/djenty side of the prog spectrum will lap this up.

ART EDITOR - RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER

LION SHEPHERD - FLY ON

Welcome to Lion Shepherd, sublime exponents of exotic progressive music reflecting both folk and psychedelic influences flowing from the shore of the Euphrates in Syria via The Vistula in Warsaw before merging into simply beautiful thoughtful Polish melodic rock rather like Riverside with deep, moody and thoughtful middle eastern instrumentation.

NATASHA SCHARF & GRANT MOON

Our News and Reviews eds claimed to be too busy putting this together to get their tracks in on time. So we thought we’d share it with you. We’ll let you make up your own mind who is who…

LIVES EDITOR - MALCOLM DOME

THE MUTE GODS - FEED THE TROLL

If this is anything to go by, then the trio’s debut album Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me will be one of the joys of 2016. It’s a stunning mix of moody atmospherics, chanting style virtuosity and a melody that seeps through almost stealthily.

Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

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.