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The Strainge Case of Steve
Rascal Reporters, the American avant-garde progressive rock duo, have once again pushed the boundaries of musical creativity with their latest offering, "The Strainge Case of Steve." This mostly instrumental album, is a testament to the band's enduring inventiveness and showcases their unique style.
With 16 tracks of eclectic and adventurous music, "The Strainge Case of Steve" takes listeners through a musical landscape that defies convention. Rascal Reporters draw inspiration from the likes of Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant, and King Crimson, and you'll hear all of that in this album. Their music reflects a fusion of complex compositions, quirky melodies, odd time signatures, and experimental sounds, yet remains melodic and accessible, fitting right in here at Prog Radio.
Their music reflects a fusion of complex compositions, quirky melodies, odd time signatures, and experimental sounds, yet remains melodic and accessible, fitting right in here at Prog Radio.
One thing that sets this album apart is the return of founder Steve Kretzmer, who, after a hiatus, reclaims his role in shaping the band's signature sound. Alongside him, James Strain contributes to the album's writing, performing, and production, creating a harmonious blend of old and new within the Rascal Reporters' universe.
Recorded between 2017 and 2023 in studios across Michigan, USA, and Carlow, Ireland, "The Strainge Case of Steve" features guest appearances from both established prog legends and emerging talents. The result is a tapestry of sound that pays homage to the band's roots while pushing the boundaries of their musical exploration.
Anyone seeking melodic and accessible progressive instrumental rock that challenges the norm should give it a listen. Catch several of the tracks from this excellent album currently being featured in our New Music rotation on Prog Radio.