A post-progressive label from the home of Peaceville Records
The Kscope label was founded as a means of providing a platform for a growing number of artists that had started to reclaim and reinvent aspects of the Progressive genre.In order to produce something that resonated in the 21st Century, these artists had stripped the music of its perceived excess and clichés, and subtly re-established the movement’s original impulses, experimenting with eclectic musical sources and contemporary sonic possibilities.
Spearheaded by the ambitious likes of Porcupine Tree, Radiohead and Elbow on one side, and Muse, Opeth and Mars Volta on the other (the lynchpins of the hugely popular Prog-Metal movement), this new wave of Progressive expression also incorporated the atmospheric offerings of Air, Talk Talk and Royskopp, and the cinematic Post-Rock vistas of Sigur Ros, Godspeed You Black Emperor and Tortoise. All represented strands of traditional Progressive ideas influencing vital and exciting modern music.
If Post-Rock was a means of creating a music that contained the thrill and transcendent power of Rock music without resorting to its age-old reliance on riffs and Blues-based solos, Post-Progressive was a means of taking Rock music forward without regurgitating the baroque nature and occasionally stifling virtuosity of some of the original Progressive icons. Alongside inspiration from more recognised 1960s/1970s pioneers, Post-Progressive contained aspects of the technological innovations and primal energy of other forward-thinking genres such as Krautrock, Trip-Hop, Electronica and Post-Punk.
The first dedicated Post-Progressive label, Kscope launched in May 2008 (with new albums from its first signings The Pineapple Thief and No-Man, and reissues from genre leaders, Porcupine Tree). An artistically focussed and sympathetic home for an evolving, flexible and adventurous style of music without boundaries, (as with its spiritual forebears 4AD, Factory, Vertigo and Harvest) Kscope is as concerned with packaging and artwork as it is with music and has established a distinctive visual, as well as musical, identity.
Seven successful years after its auspicious beginnings, by continuing to utilise a combination of both new and established talent, Kscope offers a creative nurturing point for like-minded artists. The label has given a springboard for previous unknowns such as Nordic Giants, Iamthemorning, Nosound and North Atlantic Oscillation, greater exposure for the likes of The Pineapple Thief, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Crippled Black Phoenix, Gazpacho, Katatonia and No-Man, and achieved significant chart success for Steven Wilson and Anathema.
Now, as always, this is a label looking to the future.
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Ambient - Released January 31, 2020 | Kscope
Before Moroder, Jarre and Kraftwerk, there was Tangerine Dream. Started in 1967 as an experimental rock band by German Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream became the first big electronic music group, and a cult name for amateurs of psychedelic music - leading the renowned rock critic Lester Bangs to say “I saw God and/or Tangerine Dream” in a legendary article detailing one of their concerts in 1977 New York. Signed by Virgin in 1974 when the New Age was in full swing, TD introduced synths and sequencers on successful albums such as Phaedra and Stratosfear. But since 2015, the group has been without its creator, who recorded his last song, Zero Gravity, with Jean-Michel Jarre for the album Electronica 1: The Time Machine. The remaining trio, Thorsten Quaeschning (keyboards, drums, vocals, guitar), Hoshiko Yamane (violin, cello) and Ulrich Schnauss (keyboards, piano) decided to pursue Froese’s vision, who’s final idea consisted of combining quantum physics and music, resulting in the 2017 album Quantum Gate, partly based on his last recordings. For Recurring Dreams, the concept is the same, but is applied to older recordings from the band, from every era and with “every generation of synthesiser and sequencer” along with some new arrangements. The album has tracks from the 70s (Sequent C, Phaedra), the 80s (Tangram, Horizon, Yellowstone Park) and the 90s (The Claymore Mine / Stalking), a compilation of cosmic classics which should delight even the most sceptical of fans. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz