If you're a Crimson fan, this is another must-have for you! Messieurs Levin, Mastelotto and Reuter keep going strong, but the album also sports calmer moments and a long overdue hommage to the worthy Leonardo "Mr. MoonJune" Pavkovic!
Favorite track: Plutonium.
Stick Men - Prog Noir (CD)
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With riveting performances by the modern prog-rock legends Stick Men – Tony Levin, Markus Reuter and Pat Mastelotto – , "Prog Noir" is ambitious, achieving and immediately essential. Cinematic themes, towering grooves and intricate arrangements are all on tap, and shower down in abundance. Proving conclusively that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts, this herculean effort exceeds any perceived limitations of the trio format -- satisfying even the most devout and demanding of listeners.
Long-time fans of Stick Men and King Crimson will revel in ecstasy, as the three sonic adventurers gleefully waltz to the outer fringes, while remaining sure-footed through every scene. The chemistry of Levin and Mastelotto has never been more evident, keeping a solid, propulsive undercurrent flowing beneath the soaring presence of the ingenious 'mad scientist' antics of Reuter. ... and a profound presence Markus Reuter does prove himself to be. One could be quickly forgiven for mistaking his avid, searching, convicted playing for that of Master Fripp, if administered under blindfold!
The album's ten compositions showcase Stick Men at their most versatile and enterprising; there's even some superb vocals (and vocal arrangements). While most of the large following the band has amassed will undoubtedly be surprised by the more structured and preconceived nature of the tunes, the revelation is a pleasant one. The album triumphantly succeeds on every level, with the group even displaying a playful sense of humor, clearly enjoying and savoring the moment.
From the overpowering to the sublime; from an organic, instinctive avant garde, to intricate, Crimsonesque tapestries, to rich cinematic themes and potent melodies, the album embodies the go-for-it, pioneering spirit that fans of the genre have long savored. A modern prog epic!
released October 16, 2016
Written by Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto
Tony Levin: Stick and Voice
Markus Reuter: U8 and AU8 Touch Guitars and Voice
Pat Mastelotto: Acoustic and Electronic Drums and Percussion
Mix and post-production by Benjamin Schäfer and Markus Reuter for Unsung Productions
Mastered by Lee Fletcher
Recorded at Unsung Productions in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany, at Pat's Studio in Austin, TX, USA, and at Tony's studio in Kingston, NY. Additional drum recordings at Mike McCarthy's studio in Austin, TX.
Recording engineers: Benjamin Schäfer, Mike McCarthy, Machine, Bill Munyon, Adrian Benavides
Artwork by John Bergin
Band photography by Kai R. Joachim
Layout by Bernhard Wöstheinrich
Groundbreaking impromptu post-progressive music, 5 stars in DownBeat Mag, considered to be in the sub-genre of "new music". Feat. virtuoso axeman Mark Wingfield, M. Reuter, Yaron Stavi, Asaf Sirkis. Stick Men - MoonJune
This is an excellent album from Markus Reuter, accompanied by Fabio Trentini on Fretless Bass and Asaf Sirkis on acoustic drums recorded live in the studio. The interplay among these musicians is amazing throughout and, for me, this is true "progressive" music, as it charts new territory and leaves behind well-trodden cliches. It's challenging music that rewards a mindful listen. Put it on and listen through the whole album without modern social media distractions and you will see what I mean. Jerry F
Thank you for being temporarily inconvenienced and producing this voluptuous collection. ;)
The beauty and magic that came out of the ugliness of 2020. Artists locked away and confined who were compelled to produce AMAZING WORK that we would have never. heard before. Jonathan Pryor