Baleia – “Breu”

Some Brazilian baroque pop from Baleia on the song “Breu,” which features some pretty beautiful melodies, rushes of strings, and piano segues. I like how lavish the instrumentation is, and how the really distorted, lo-fi guitar contrasts that with some overt roughness. It’s a nice touch. The instrumentation always seems to be changing up in some significant way, which keeps things engaging from beginning to end. Enjoy, and stream the rest of the album here.

Bill Callahan – Dream River

The latest full-length from singer-songwriter Bill Callahan is a wonderful display of adventurous, tender folk instrumentation and poetic lyricism.

Gorguts – Colored sands

Canadian death metal outfit Gorguts return with a comeback record of massive proportions.

Perhaps – Volume 2

Boston “stargaze” trio Perhaps has just made its sophomore effort, aptly named Volume Two, available to stream and buy for name your price on Bandcamp. The album quickly became the best-selling experimental album on the site, and is comprised of only one track, which nears the half hour mark and features some really tight, progressive performances throughout. Give it a listen above!

Ceephax – Cro Magnox

Ceephax takes a break from his typical acid techno-tinged song production style to create a collection of electronic pieces that sound a bit more epic, cinematic. Numerous cuts of Cro Magnox sound as if they could serve as the perfect soundtrack to a b-movie produced in the 80s–preferably some kind of action, sci-fi hybrid.

Even funkier tracks like “Natural Specturm” have a beautifully eerie quality to them. It’s nice to know that this guy can produce danceable tracks as well as stuff that’s a little more cerebral. Enjoy!

Steven Wilson – The Raven Who Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)

With a new solo release, modern prog rock figurehead Steven Wilson pulls together a series of tracks that feel like they function more on formulas than they do feelings.

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Grayceon – Pearl and the End of Days

San Francisco-based doom/progressive/noise outfit Grayceon just released a new EP yesterday for free on Flenser Record’s bandcamp page. This is certainly one of the most exciting pieces of progressive metal I’ve heard this year. If you’re a fan of dreamy, ethereal vocals being layered on top of sludge riffs, unpredictable time-signature and instrumentation changes, and a general sense of adventurousness within the confines of heavy music, give these guys a listen.

Portal – “The Back Wards”

Stream: Portal – “The Back Wards”

A twisted new track from the forthcoming album from death metal maniacs Portal. It’s as technical as it is atmospheric, and seriously disturbing with its sour melodies, abrasive guitar tones, and soupy mix.

Portal’s next album is titled Vexvoid, and it’s looking at a Feb. 19th release via Profound Lore.

Intronaut – “Milk Leg”

Stream: Intronaut – “Milk Leg”

Aside from heaviness, L.A.’s Intronaut is an extremely difficult to describe and pigeonhole. While many bands are busy focusing on catering their songs to niche audiences in extreme music, Intronaut is constantly busy exploring new creative avenues while still retaining their core sound of progressive and sludgy metal. Danny Walker and Joe Lester also just might be the best rhythm section in the realm of metal right now. In an Isis-less world, it’s refreshing to hear music this consistently great. Their upcoming LP, Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), will also be released on March 19th on Century Media Records.

King Crimson- In the Court of the Crimson King

CLASSICS WEEK: Decades after its release, In the Court of the Crimson King still stands tall as one of the greatest and most relevant progressive rock albums ever.

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