Progressive Music Awards 2013: Vote For Your Album Of The Year Choice Now!
Since Prog magazine’s inception back in 2009 we have, year in year out, marvelled at the quality of the music that’s been made. And this years has proved no exception with a raft of jaw-droppingly enjoyable releases that parade under the broad reach of the prog mantle. It makes whittling it down to a list of ten nominees all the more harder. So think long and hard abut who you might vote for in the Album Of The Year category.
Here are the nominees…
Amplifier – Echo Street
They signed to a new label and returned to their Manchester home ground for inspiration. The sublime Echo Street sees Amplifier maturing like the finest of wines.
Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II
In casting his eye back over the rich heritage of progressive music that he created with the rest of Genesis, Steve Hackett added a vibrant new twist to some classic sounds.
Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Wilson’s peerless, fearless approach to creating new progressive sounds that evoke fond memories of the past whilst breaking new ground continues unabashed.
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Flying the flag for Antipodean weirdness, the Aussie alchemists captured imaginations when Lonerism’s heady meld of electronica, Beatle-esque pop and sun-scorched evocation scored chart success worldwide. Prog’s psych-heads were also enraptured; it went Top 10 in our 2012 critics’ poll.
Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
The band’s first studio album with new singer Ted Leonard and drummer Jimmy Keegan saw Spock’s Beard creating some quite stunning and classic progressive sounds.
TesseracT – Altered State
Another new singer in the vibrant Ashe O’Hara sees the Milton Keynes-based quintet crafting their most thought-provoking and inspiring music yet.
The Enid – Invicta
Since their reappearance on the progressive scene with 2010′s Journey’s End, the pioneers of symphonic prog have been a band reborn. The scintillating sounds of Invicta continue to set them apart.
Big Big Train – The English Electric Pt II
This Winchester sextet’s quest for sonic perfection has gained even more momentum with their recent two-part set The English Electric. This year’s second installment is possibly their finest work yet.
Marillion – Sounds That Can’t Be Made
Their first album in four years reaffirmed the belief that these standard bearers for progressive music continue to seek to ever push forward musical boundaries with an at time fearless abandonment.