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Simon Godfrey – Black Bag Archive Vol. 2 released today

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We’re pleased to announce the release of Black Bag Archive Vol. 2, the second collection of goodies from BEM veteran Simon Godfrey! (Happy birthday, by the way, Simon!)

This is a compendium of seven songs that form, in Simon’s own words, a “sonic diary” of sorts encompassing a wide range of styles and influences. The tracks range from the very recent to the distant past of 1999, and from full-on prog rock to acoustic ballads and electronica – a little bit of everything.

Black Bag Archive Vol. 2 is available from the BEM store as a high-quality download.

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Merry Christmas! Bad Elephant Music 2016 Sampler released today

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The 2016 sampler is here! Every song featured in the Advent Calendar, plus the lead track from Simon Godfrey‘s forthcoming digital mini-album, for you to download and keep. Over three hours of music for whatever price you want to pay – even for free!

This sampler features music by Tom Slatter, Jack Arthurs, The Gift, N.y.X, Matthew Parmenter, The Rube Goldberg Machine, Mothertongue, Konchordat, Nine Stones Close, Mike Kershaw, Paradigm Shift, Heliopolis, Matt Stevens, Emmett Elvin, Under A Banner, Verbal Delirium, The Brackish, Sphelm, The Far Meadow, The Fierce & The Dead and the aforementioned Mr. Godfrey!

The Bad Elephant Music 2016 Sampler is available from the BEM store as a high-quality download, on a pay-what-you-want basis.

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The Fierce & The Dead – If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe, 2016 Remaster released today

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Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce today’s release of If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe, 2016 Remaster, by instrument rock quartet The Fierce & The Dead. The album has been remastered with five bonus tracks, and is presented in Digipak format for the first time, with all new artwork by celebrated artist Mark Buckingham.

… Morecambe represents the first flowering of The Fierce And The Dead’s signature sound, and displays both the immediacy of their music and a promise of what was to come.

Guitarist Matt Stevens says: “We’re really pleased to get this opportunity to release a definitive version of the first Fierce And The Dead album – we’re still really proud of it...

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The Far Meadow – Given The Impossible released today

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Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce the release today of Given The Impossible, the new album from London-based progressive rock quintet The Far Meadow.

The Far Meadow is the product of several previous collaborations, combining influences from bands past and genres from metal to jazz with a healthy dose of innovation that has produced a distinctive, free-flowing sound. This new album – the first with the current lineup – is a full-blooded expression of this sound, developing many years of musical experience and experimentation into one harmonious whole that encapsulates the intensity of their explosive live performances.

Given The Impossible is available from the BEM store, both as a Digipak CD and as a high-quality download.

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The Gift – Why The Sea Is Salt released today

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We’re delighted to announce today’s release of Why The Sea Is Salt, the new album from London-based progressive rock sextet, The Gift.

Recorded in Spring 2016, Why The Sea Is Salt is sure to delight all who enjoyed the band’s two previous releases, Awake and Dreaming and Land of Shadows, but this release sees Mike Morton and the band step up a gear. Now enhanced by the return of founder member Leroy James, and the arrival of classical piano superstar Gabriele Baldocci, the band show a harder edge to sharpen the lush symphonic textures and Morton’s trademark heartfelt and poetic lyrics.

The album also features not one but TWO ex-members of Genesis, with Anthony Phillips providing his trademark 12-string guitar and Steve Hackett a moving signature sol...

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Sphelm – These Roots Know No Boundaries released today

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We’re delighted to announce today’s release of These Roots Know No Boundaries, the debut album from Manchester duo Sphelm.

Initially a solo project from Mike McKnight (ex-Cyril Snear) as a creative outlet to explore a different side of his musical personality, with guitarist and keyboard player Tim Powell joining after initial shows, Sphelm have been quietly building a following across the North West of England while working on this release.

The band describe themselves as “electronic/twin guitar crossover, laden with soundscapes, beautiful guitar and vocal harmonies, set within digital space”, and like so much great music they totally defy easy categorisation. It’s not prog, it’s not indie, it’s not rock, it’s not Intelligent Dance Music, it’s Sphelm.

An ea...

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The Brackish – Liquid of Choice released today

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We’re delighted to announce today’s release of Liquid of Choice, the new album from Bristol-based instrumental quartet The Brackish.

Led by the twin guitars of Luke Cawthra and Neil Smith, The Brackish have been delighting audiences in the UK and across Europe with their “spiky, energised instrumentals” (Prog Magazine)
since their formation in 2013.

Liquid of Choice is their second album and follows 2014’s Big Guys, which met rave reviews, being described variously as “true musical genius” (drunkenwerewolf.com) and “a tour de force in genre-hopping musicianship”.

BEM’s David Elliott: “I’ve been a fan of The Brackish since I heard Big Guys after seeing it reviewed in Prog Magazine, and I was delighted when the opportunity arose to work with them on Album Tw...

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Verbal Delirium – The Imprisoned Words of Fear released today

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We’re delighted to announce today’s release of The Imprisoned Words Of Fear, the new album from Greek progressive rock combo Verbal Delirium.

This, the band’s third album, is the latest installment in their musical evolution – still grounded in the Seventies school of progressive rock, but incorporating heavier elements from metal and the intricate instrumentation and strong melodic grounding of jazz.

Jargon’s impeccable songwriting is still at the core, supported by a talented band of musicians (including Ciccada’s Nikolas Nikolopoulos on flute, sax and Mellotron) and co-produced, as ever, by Leonidas Petropoulos.

To quote Progressive Music Planet:

“Verbal Delirium have a masterpiece on their hands with The Imprisoned Words Of Fear and this album shou...

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Tom Slatter – Three Rows of Teeth re-released, expanded and remastered

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We’re delighted to announce the reissue of Three Rows Of Teeth by Tom Slatter. This new download-only version of the album comes with two bonus tracks, and has been remastered by BEM’s very own David Elliott.

Says Tom of the album:

“This album is the closest to showcasing my indie rock influences. These are all short, accessible rock songs. They tell stories, sometimes weird, sometimes macabre, sometimes romantic; they use funny time signatures, skip rapidly through ideas and take turns at funny angles; but at its heart this is an album of simple rock songwriting. And I’m very proud of it.”

The video for ‘Rise Another Leaf’ – directed and produced by Joe Slatter – can be see here.

Three Rows Of Teeth is available now from the BEM store as a high-quality dow...

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Under A Banner – The Wild Places released today

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We’re delighted to announce the release today of The Wild Places, the superb new album from Midlands-based five-piece rock band Under A Banner.

Incorporating a heady blend of influences from across the musical spectrum, Under A Banner combine intelligent composition with Adam Broadhurst‘s coruscating lyrics, producing a hard, uncompromising sound with powerful injections of raw emotion. The Wild Places raises the bar even higher, with a much bigger sound stage, produced by Alistair Jamieson at Park Studios in Birmingham, and mastered by Jon Astley, who has worked with The Who, Peter Gabriel, The Rolling Stones and many others.

Some snippets from initial reviews:

“If you have a desire to hear music written and performed with passion, soul and sincerity, as ...

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