4 April 2005

"I hear prog is making a comeback..."

Maybe even bigger than disco.

"In prog we trust" from Guardian Unlimited.

Strangely, I don't listen to new prog. I've listened to a few Live365 and Shoutcast stations with newish prog, but there was no real spark. Some of the songs had too much repetitive jamming over a complex chord progression or rhythm or both. They were reminiscent of the technical playing of speed metal bands but with "jazzier" progressions (9ths, added tones, diminished chords). The obsession with technicality suggests emphasis on skill over art--but I guess these are the criticisms of all prog. What qualities make such experimentation successful rather than self-indulgent?

[ posted by sstrader on 4 April 2005 at 10:58:50 PM in Music ]