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Argos: Explores a musical landscape and combines the eclectic styles….

Argos – The Other Life

German act Argos explores a musical landscape heavily influenced by vintage symphonic progressive rock; with leanings towards folk, jazz and pop – with contemporary musical details as the last but vital ingredient.

Argos  is a band that combines the eclectic style of bands like Gentle Giant and Van Der Graaf Generator with the Canterbury sound and modern prog artists

Argos have released five album Unidentified Dying Objects was released three years ago, and in July  their sixth album entitled The Other Life would be released.

German act Argos initially started out as a solo project by multi-instrumentalist and composer Thomas Klarmann, an experienced musician who started out in prog and fusion bands in the 70’s. He abandoned the progressive part of the music scene more and more as time went by though, concentrating on jazz, but when he discovered the new progressive movement in the mid 90’s spearheaded by acts like Flower Kings and Spock’s Beard, the passion for making and performing progressive music returned as well.

A chance meeting with Robert Gozon eventually lead to the formation of Superdrama, a four man strong band still active.

Klarmann wished to explore a broader style of music than what he could do in this band though, and started composing songs for a solo project in 2005. Gozon soon got involved though, and they set up a MySpace page where those interested in the project could listen to the material they produced.

One day Ulf Jacobs, a passionate lover of progressive music as well as a skilled drummer and composer, came across the page. he found the music highly compelling and contacted the band, offering his services.

The solo project, now expanded to a trio, started recording songs soon after, and were signed to French label Musea Records in 2008. Their self-titled debut album Argos was issued in January 2009

In April 2010 Musea released the new Argos album called Circles. They developed to a four piece crew with Rico Florczak added on guitar. The band is also part of a Flower Kings Tribute published by Musea in cooperation with the Colossus Magazine.

Tracklist:

1. Chameleon Sky

2. Broken Mirror

3. The Twilight Mind

4. Johnny Head-in-Air

5. I Carry Light

6. The Trial of the Pyx

7. Weak End

8. The Shall See Hotel

9. The Library of the Future

Line-up:

Thomas Klarmann – bass, flute, keyboards & soundscapes, lead & backing vocals

Robert Gozon – lead vocals & keyboards

Bogáti-Bokor Ákos (Yesterdays) – electric, acoustic & bass guitars, keyboards, backing vocals

Ulf Jacobs – drums & percussion, backing vocals

   With

Stephanie Semeniuc (Yesterdays) – backing vocals

Marek Arnold (Seven Steps To The Green Door, Cyril, Toxic Smile, Damanek, U.P.F.) – saxophone

Thilo Brauss – keyboards & organs

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (5348 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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