31st Art Rock Show: Heterotopia

Voor deze week niets minder dan een echte rock opera. Dit art rock opera werkstuk bestaat uit 24 stukken en is geïnspireerd op concept albums van de jaren zeventig zoals Quadrophenia (Who) en vooral The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Genesis). Progarchist review: ”

This is a freakin’ amazing album. If you have not yet heard Schooltree’s Heterotopia, you have no idea what you’re missing.

Imagine if Kate Bush released, in 2017, a 100-minute long, double LP concept album. Imagine if it was so damn good that it ranked right up there in rock history with The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Quadrophenia. Sounds like a total fantasy — too good to be true, right?

Well, that is exactly the magnitude of what is going on here with this release. Except it’s not Kate Bush. It’s an incredible musician I had never heard of, called Lainey Schooltree, who has done the miraculous. With this amazing achievement, she has forever earned her place in the history of rock. This is seriously one of the greatest albums you will ever hear.

The story is divided into two Acts, and Act I (disc 1) flows perfectly as a prog opera, beginning with a dazzling six-minute overture that takes us through the album’s key musical themes. Lainey’s keyboard playing is spectacular, and evokes classical comparisons (e.g., Gershwin). (…)

Lainey Schooltree, I have no idea who you are, but this album, which you have produced in collaboration with fantastic work from everyone involved, is one of the most wholly unexpected works of genius that I have ever encountered. Congratulations to all of you from Progarchy, and a big hat tip to our Adam Sears, who alerted me to this amazing gem. This dazzling album is truly a towering work of art. Shine on, Schooltree.”

Naast Schooltree met Heterotopia hebben we deze week: Phideaux (Number Seven), Johannes Luley (Tales From Sheepfather’s Grove), Tori Amos (Gold Dust), Roxy Music (For Your Pleasure) and Colin Masson (The Southern Cross).

Thursday/Donderdag 12.00 – 18.00 & 18.00 – 24.00
Friday/Vrijdag 12.00 – 18.00 & 18.00 – 24.00
Saturday / Zaterdag 12.00 – 18.00

 

 

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