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Pye Hastings - From The Half House album review

The best Prog you can get this month

Cover art for Pye Hastings - From The Half House album

At 70 years young, the Caravan frontman releases his first solo album. He’s gathered family (brother Jimmy, winds) and friends (Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge, Caravan drummer Mark Walker) to flesh out 10 gently rocking tracks. Wry in tone, sprightly in pace, there’s more soft rock than Canterbury, but it’s playfully appealing anyway.

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.