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D LOOP - Mystery's River (cd)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Aether (CD)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Awaken (CD)

 
DANIEL & BOOTH - Mutiny (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL DANIEL - Henglers Circus (CD)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - A Gradual Awakening (cd-r)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - The Best of Danna & Clément (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Sirens (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Skys (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - A Day within Days (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Autumn's Apple (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Dream in Blue (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Falling Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - From Pale Hands to Weary Skies (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Little Things (cd/digital download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Skyful of Bliss (CD-r)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Songs from the Deep Field (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - The Zen Master’s Diary (cd-r)

 
KELLY DAVID - Angkor (cd)

 
KELLY DAVID - Broken Voyage (cd)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Even Darker Still (cd-r)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Green Moss Trail (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
KEN DAVIES - Floating Galaxy (cd-r)

 
ROBERT DAVIES - Shadow Dreams (cd-r)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - R’Evolution (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - Samsara (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLENN DEARDORFF - Primordial Mariner (cd)

 
DEDAST - Banished From The Realm (Digital Download)

 
DEDAST - Soft Landing (Digital Download)

 
DEEP IMAGINATION - Gemstones (cd-r)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Highlands & Skylands (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Momentum (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - The New Fast Lane (cd)

 
DEEPERNET - Impossible Landscapes (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEEPERNET - One (cd/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - Another Empty Galaxy (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sea (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sun (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - World Ocean Atlas (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD DEHOVE - Worlds of Number (cd)

 
DELERIUM - Epiphany (dvd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Aeterna (cd/digital download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat (cd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat, 30th anniversary edition (CD/Digial Download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Set Free (cd)

 
DERELICT THOUGHTS - Autumn Moon (cd)

 
DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT - Deutsche Wertarbeit (Lp/CD)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Cambrian (cd)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Ganda (cd)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Atmosphere (Lp/CD)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Painted Black (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL DIAMOND - Atlantis Rising (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Ambient Life (cd)

 
DIATONIS - An Abstract View (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Highway 1 (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Invisible Order (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Landscape of a Dream (cd/Digital Download)

 
DIATONIS - Pond (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
DILATE - Cyclos (cd)

 
DILATE - Octagon (CD/Digital Download)

 
DISTANT SYSTEM - Spiral Empire (CD/Digital Download)

 
DJEN AJAKAN SHEAN - Crows Heading For Point Blank (cd-single)

 
DANIEL DOROBANTU - Knock on the Sky and listen to the Sound (cd)

 
GEOFFREY DOWNES - The Light Program (Lp/cd)

 
DREAM JUNGLE - Lucid (cd)

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (CD)

 
DREAMSTATE - A Decade Dreaming (cd-r)

 
MARK DWANE - 2012 (cd)

 
MARK DWANE - The Monuments of Mars (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Full Boundary Condition (CD)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Generation-Transmission-Illumination (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - No Boundary Condition (cd)

 
JOHN DYSON - Darklight (cd)


MICHAEL DANIEL
Henglers Circus
CD, English Electronic Music Company, 2014
What I got here is a firm piece of energetic progressive rock solely made and played by Michael Daniel, one of the members of the EM-retro project Pollard-Daniel-Booth.

The 58-minute "Henglers Circus" -presented as a mini gatefold album- is a vibrant melting pot of music featuring many breaks, presenting a steady line up of various guitars, percussion, bass, organ, occasional vocals and several vintage synths. Listening to the four tracks (ranging between 12 and 16 minutes), the symphonic music of Yes comes to mind, as well as vintage Camel, Focus, or classic King Crimson, displaying the fine playing skills and talent of this UK artist.

I’m personally not into the bluesy/jazzy flavours and experimentalism found in the midsection of "Within it all" (the longest of the four complex pieces) but very much like the various straightforward electro-acoustic combos heard on the opening piece and in the energetic second part of "Cloud Mapping". And although the electronic stuff on the closing (title) track is nicely rendered, the guitars, percussion and all other stuff turns out a bit too inconsistent to grab and keep my attention.

Website: www.eemcmusic.bandcamp.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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