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Album of the Day: Anderson / Stolt – Invention of Knowledge

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: When history looks back at prog rock’s great follies it inevitably lands on Yes1973 album Tales From Topographic Oceans. A sprawling double album featuring a song for each side, it was even too much for keyboardist Rick Wakeman who left the band shortly after.

For vocalist Jon Anderson though, it forms a central part of what he describes as Yesmusic with its themes of the four shastras of Hindu text forming a backbone to his own spiritual beliefs. It is an album which he finds himself returning to with ideas of reworking. It is the opening song, ‘The Revealing Science Of God’, that Anderson returned too when invited to guest with Transatlantic on the Progressive Nation At Sea cruise.


A twenty minutes slot turned into an hour long rehearsal and through it a meeting of minds between Anderson and Roine Stolt, guitarist and all round progressive rock legend for Transatlantic and his own band The Flower Kings. That meeting has now turned into Invention of Knowledge, a collaboration which feeds into both worlds of jYes and The Flower Kings and in doing so, touches once again on those themes set out in Topographic Oceans.

Working often oceans apart, the duo, bolstered by The Flower KingsJonas Reingold (bass) and Felix Lehrmann (drums), along with Tom Brislin (keyboards), already an experience Yes music veteran with having played on the Symphonic Tour, the aim was an album that didn’t hark back to the classic sound of prog rock but instead focused on “progressive music.”

A confusing idea from Anderson but one that makes perfect sense on listening to Invention of Knowledge. For all its attempts at staying away from a classic prog rock sound there is no denying that some of that musical interplay that made Yes such masters at the art is to the fore although there is a much more fluid style involved which keeps the melody and story at the front of the music whilst the more “classic” elements are kept at bay. It creates a sense of wonderful nostalgia yet also provides a much more contemporary sound.

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Album of the day: Orne – The Conjuration By the Fire (Vinyl Reissue)

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Svart Records are at it again, this time presenting the debut album from Finnish act Orne, Conjuration By the Fire, as a deluxe double LP reissue, properly mastered for vinyl with bonus tracks. Originally released on the Black Widow label in 2006, Svart have […]

Album of the day: Diagonal – The Second Mechanism

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: The Second Mechanism is the sophomore release from UK prog act Diagonal. Now, this band is quite a unique fit for Rise Above Records / Metal Blade, as they are as far from hard rock or metal as you can get. Diagonal are more […]