Tardigrade Space Rock! (de la Renaissance)

by Clay Green's Polysorbate Masquerade Band

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Sven B. Schreiber Usually I stay far away from 70's retro prog, but being a secret "Ekseption" fan, this album really touched me. While Clay Green doesn't mention this source of inspiration explicitly, it's obvious that he picked up Rick van der Linden's concept of arranging old classical pieces for a rock band with a dominant Hammond organ. Also obvious are nods to "Focus" and "The Nice" (which are mentioned in the liner notes). My only point of criticism is the inclusion of too many classical adaptations. Actually, Clay Green demonstrates on the only two original compositions "Avant Particle Piece" and "Passacaglia for Electron Bass" that his own musical ideas are way more interesting than the adapted ones (like it was the case with Rick van der Linden, admittedly). Favorite track: Passacaglia for Electron Bass.
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Instrumental Progressive Rock with a Renaissance Punch

Greetings, friends!

Let us embark upon a hybrid of Renaissance and Rock, where ye melodies of old and ye heavy rhythms coalesce into a high fructose splodge of reprise nostalgia.

We’ve commandeered bits and pieces of historic tunes (some obscure, others not so) and encrusted them in 21st century music technology. This, for the noble goal of making everything sound late 20th century Prog-ish. If that’s confusing, read on.

In this collection of songs, I play the guitar, electric bass, a good portion of the organ / keyboard parts, even a touch of recorder. Accompanying me are the transmogrified algorithms of yore, as well as the splendid performances of various instrumentalists, notably that of Dan Zalac on drums.

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My favorite tracks:

PROXIMA CENTAURI DANCE (VIVACE) - Aggressive and Progressive with room to breathe. A Renaissance / Classical adventure with overtones of Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, and The Nice.

REQUIEM FOR MASS AND GRAVITY IN GM - A solid 16th century Rock groove, complete with an uptempo midsection of alternating solos over a tight shuffle. Tinges of PFM and Focus.

MULTIVERSE CONCERTO - The longest and most structured song of the collection. Variations on a 500-year-old melody. Includes a wavy Rock unit, an orchestral passage, and a tear-inducing crescendo with fade-out. Moody Blues, Yes.

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Results may vary. Ask your doctor if music is right for you.

Enjoy - Clay Green


released October 1, 2016



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Clay Green's Polysorbate Masquerade Band

Instrumental Progressive rock with a classic, 1970s sound!

Not withstanding noted collaborators and mercenaries, Clay Green's Polysorbate Masquerade Band (PMB) is a one-man extravaganza! PMB illuminates its Magic Lantern, offering glimpses into olden Prog.

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