The Dividing Line
By Dave on Tuesday, July 31st 2007 11:42 am
Click here to listen to the archived version of the show. The show will be available till next Sunday.
Sadly, The Dividing Line lost one of their DJs, Dave Plummer, on July 26th to cancer. Much of the show is dedicated to his memory featuring songs he loved and some tracks from his band Typhoid Mary.
Rene says he will be featuring much more of the CD on next week's show. ProgRoots airs on Sunday Nights at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific.
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Jazzis: "intelligent and emotional"
By Dave on Monday, July 16th 2007 7:37 pm
Adam over at Jazzis writes:
DAVE KULJU ~ ABSTRACT EXPRESSION
1st album by US guitarist Dave Kulju, who is a member of the Prog ensemble Electrum. Recorded over a period of two years (with some music written even before the actual recording), it presents a portrait of a sensible artist, who shares with us his intellectual and emotional travels in search of his musical identity. Kulju plays almost all the instruments involved in the recording, using a few guest musicians to spice the wonderful musical dish here and there.
The albumís title fits the musical contents perfectly Ė although mostly in the vein of instrumental Prog, it includes many different moods and influences, such as contemporary classical music and Fusion. The music is both intelligent and emotional, flowing smoothly from one theme to the next, merging perfectly the electric and acoustic instruments. The lead guitar is not trying to show off or dazzle, but simply plays the lead parts in perfect harmony with the other instruments.
Itís quite evident that Kulju wished to present a total musical portrait of himself as a composer and player, rather than enter a pissing contest with others. The longest track on the album, called ďSomniumĒ, (which lasts for over 15 minutes) is quite brilliant and my favorite tune, but all the music is truly excellent. Somehow the mood of the album reminds me of Scandinavian Prog, perhaps a bit of Anekdoten, but thatís just my association. This album will probably (and sadly) be heard by a very limited number of people, but if youíre up to an intellectual challenge please donít miss it. The beautifully designed packaging will be a bonus. Kudos Dave!
DPRP: "instrumental prog at its very best"
By Dave on Saturday, July 14th 2007 10:08 pm
DPRP's Geoff Feakes in his review of Abstract Expression writes.
From the end results itís obvious that the multi talented Dave Kulju has spent many hours labouring in his basement studio to produce this album. Each track has been meticulously constructed which a rich layering of instrumentation thatís often complex but always highly melodic. This is instrumental prog at its very best from a musician who clearly has a feel for the genre. Vocals are not a requirement here; Kulju lets his guitar do all the singing. I look forward to his next release either solo or with Electrum even if it does take another five years.
Geoff writes a very detailed review commenting on each of the tracks. You can read the whole thing here.
[note: Geoff sites creative differences in Electrum as a reason for the long layoff between albums. This is somewhat overstated - mostly we just have a problem finding time to work on a record together.]
Abstract Expression on Aural Moon
By Dave on Thursday, July 12th 2007 12:05 pm
The Progressive Rock internet station Aural Moon will be playing AE start to finish during "The Rickter Scale" this Sunday Night July 15th (8-10pm EDT) and Monday afternoon July 16th (1-3pm EDT). Rick estimates AE will start about 9:20pm on Sunday and 2:20pm on Monday.
Here is a summary of what will be played on this week's show.
"AE is a wonderful instrumental record that never bores"
By Dave on Tuesday, July 10th 2007 11:30 pm
Rick over at Aural Moon was kind enough to pen the following review of Abstract Expression. And if that wasn't enough he also intends to feature the album in its entirety on his show "The Rickter Scale" next week (details here once I have them).
Here's a review of "Abstract Expression", a new CD from Dave Kulju. I picked this up without knowing anything about it being released. I have the Electrum "Standard Deviation" CD, and find that fairly interesting. That's Dave with a couple of bandmates from 2002. It's kind of fusion, but a bit more experimental.
Having a bit of predjudice about what I was expecting, I was thrown off. AE is a wonderful instrumental record that never bores. Dave brings some great ideas and mixes them with some unusual patterns that makes a winning combination.
The CD opens with "Internal Combustion", which is representative of the great fusion discs. It has a bouncy, happy driving feel like a Frank Gambale piece. However, most of the instruments are Dave (except for Bryan Powers on drums, this tune and next) - that gives it more of a song structure instead of a wankfest. The use of keys in the bridges is a great touch. Some soloing throughout, but not overbearing. A great opener.
"Don't Mind Me" is a song that takes you back a few years in its style. A nice, easy start with lots of full chords and piano (I'm a sucker for piano). The connections between verses are very post-Counterparts Rush, with the bounce on the bass and the full guitar. About the three-minute mark Dave throws in a ass-kicking solo, just when you get comfortable. There's a lot of this surprise on AE, some unusual patterns. I find this almost a necessity on an instrumental record to keep the interest throughout. The Rush-guitar reappears to finish off the song.
"Hieland Road" trades off on alternately complex and simple verses. It appears from the liner notes that this is a one-man song. The midsection has a little "YYZ" action...you'll understand when you hear it. After that another sweet lead, one of the best I've heard here. Supported beautifully by the drumming and the acoustic guitar. Another winner of a song.
ZNR: "Abstract Expression" is a powerhouse!
By Dave on Tuesday, June 26th 2007 11:23 pm
Fantastic solo album from Electrum guitarist Kulju. Continuing in the "power trio" vein of his group but leaning far more towards the fusion side of things, "Abstract Expression" is a powerhouse!
The guitar playing is second to none & the recording is extremely tight and crisp for an independent release.
On the distribution front along with ZNR; Of Sound Mind, Jazzis, Synphonic, Fossil Records, and Apple ITunes are on board (though AE is not yet live on their on-line stores).
The thing about exchanging emails with all these prog distributors is that I find myself buying more CDs lately. I end up buying more CDs from a distributor than I make on the sale.
However I've discovered this really interesting band called Amarok. I picked up their latest CD "QuentadharkŽn" at Kinesis a couple weeks back and I think it has a very unique and enjoyable sound - a distinctive mix of world music, fusion, and classic prog. And I finally picked up Mostly Autumn's "Passengers" which I've been meaning to get for years. Also good stuff.