Thanks to Amplified magazine for the review:
Sheckley are basically a duo, created by Phil Jackson (keyboards, percussion, also in Paradox One) and Richard Gorman (guitar, vocals, percussion), although they are joined by Thierry Sportouche (Silver Hunter) on one song where he provides keyboards and vocals. This is music with a great deal of space within it, and a rawness that one rarely finds within progressive rock. At times I am reminded of Gong, at others Robert Wyatt, while Hawkwind have also been an influence. It also has a lot in common with the more ambient workings of Brian Eno, but never falling into the trap of New Age. This isn’t always easy music to listen to, with songs such as “Solar Flares” channeling a RIO feel to proceedings with repetitive and contradictory musical themes, with drums that make an appearance here and there almost as an afterthought, but having an important part to play. By the time I had finished playing it the first time I couldn’t actually say that I enjoyed the album, possibly more “endured”, but there was something about it that did make me go through it again. There really is something quite compelling about this, even though it is hard to put it into words. With this one it really is a case of listening to it and everyone making their own decision. Available as a cut-price CD, it is also possible to stream through Bandcamp where you can hear the songs.
ALSO SOME NEWS:
Richard and I have made some progress with the ‘Liveships’ project- haven’t decided on a title yet. It should be released around Easter time. This will be the second Sheckley release. Any reviewers interested in a copy please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Kranitz at Aural Innovations has reviewed the new reworked retrospective. He says;
“All of this music is new to me but it’s very much in the spirit of Reality Quake and Dimension Of Miracle and once again there’s lots of interesting variety and thematic development. We’ve got high intensity rumbling Space Rock, fun freaky alien Psychedelic loop and effects bits, darkly melodic Progressive Rock with wailing fuzz keys, floating yet rhythmic space electronica, a funky grooving soulful jam, 70’s styled Prog and Jazz infused Hard Rock, a cool spacey Jazz-Psych jam, a hip shakin’ Space-Rave, and more. Fun stuff!”
Read the full review here.
Peter Jolly has reviewed the new CD on his website, and you can read it over at; http://www.peterjolly.co.uk/musicb_098.htm Thanks to everyone for their positive comments on ‘This Fragile Peace’ and please considering purchasing it from Stone Premonitions.
If you do please let me know at email@example.com and I will ensure you get informed of future projects and that you are able to buy them at cost price- that means P&P plus +50p, no more than £3!
These include a reimagining of the Neurosis years (the ‘Reality Quake’, ‘Dimension of Miracles’ and ‘Alternative Reality’) and also a space rock side project as Coronal Mass Ejection. I have been supporting artists through Kickstarter projects recently but this is more of a thank you for purchasing ‘This Fragile Peace’ which features the playing of gifted ex Clear Blue Sky and Vertigo label guitarist John Simms. The more interest and messages of support there is the more impetus there is for us to get on with what we love doing- producing progressive and thought provoking music!
PARADOX ONE This Fragile Peace CDR (Stone Premonitions)
Paradox One started out as the solo project of Phil Jackson, releasing four albums via the Neurosis label. Nowadays the project is a vehicle for Phil’s collaborations with other musicians, and on the latest album This Fragile Peace, he has joined up with members of the Stone Premonitions collective, namely Tim Jones and Paddi of Census of Hallucinations, Neon, Body Full of Stars, and The Rabbit’s Hat, and John Simms and Maxine Marten of Clear Blue Sky and Census of Hallucinations. This is an album of atmospheric prog rock with experimental aspects. The music blends heavy and ethereal elements, juxtaposing crunching metal riffage with Maxine’s soaring vocals in tracks like Wheat in the Fields, and quite often the music will shift moods and themes in the manner of a dream. In Ethereal Soldier part 1, delicate, intricate, folk-tinged guitar is combined with Maxine’s atmospheric vocals, while Ethereal Soldier part 3 incorporates a relaxing electronic hum and atmospheric effects. All the Way is heavy proggy blues-rock, featuring jazzy electric piano and spacey ethereal moments. There’s a very lovely segment in this track in which Maxine’s heavily reverbed ‘choir of angels’ vocal style appears alongside neoclassical piano and experimental sound manipulation. This Fragile Peace introduces elements of raw country rock and narrated vocals alongside aspects of prog, blues and experimental music. The Unknown Unknowns is a great melodic and powerful proggy spacerock piece. I’m new to Paradox One so am unsure how this album compares with previous offerings, but it’s clear that the members of Clear Blue Sky and Census of Hallucinations have left their stamp on the music here, which makes this album well worth checking out if you enjoy the music of those bands. Available from www.stonepremonitionswebshop.com, with more info at www.aural-innovations.com/stonepremonitions
http://www.kwtf.net/ www.LordLitter.de playing ‘Wheat In The Field’ “a truly brilliant collection of musicians”
DON CAMPAU NO PIGEONHOLES RADIO KKUP-FM SF and Monterey Bay area playing ‘The Unknwon Unnowns’ “I’m loving it” http://donampau.podmatic.com
ANDY GARIBALDI featuring Paradox One music on his radio show during May and June starting 9th May rebroadcasting on mixcloud.com
GARRY LEE- THE OVERLOAD ‘Waiting In Airports’ playing on show 561 and ‘This Fragile Peace’ on show 562