Recommend some modern-day Jan Hammer, etc.
March 12, 2011 8:33 PM   Subscribe

I've recently started liking Jan Hammer's Miami Vice music, Genesis, stuff like that. Anybody doing that style today? Sans retro-irony?

A few other details, maybe you can help match up with modern musicians
Life During Wartime (like the keyboard solo best)
Squonk (keys again, love 'em...but I love most everything there)
Jan Hammer Group -- Don't You Know (growling synth + funky groove)

Thanks! Again, not into irony, want it as serious as if I were standing here with my blazer sleeves rolled up and Ray-Bans on.

Guessing this falls under the "progressive" umbrella but I'd prefer some specific recommendations.
posted by circular to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Check out Destroyer, particularly their latest album, Kaputt.
posted by mr_roboto at 8:37 PM on March 12, 2011 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: どうも有難う mr_roboto!!
posted by circular at 8:47 PM on March 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I think the next logical step for a more modern Genesis would be either Spock's Beard or the Flower Kings. The latest Spock's Beard record is a little more retro prog than their others, but they are still fairly modern sounding with a rock core to their sound. Flower Kings started out very retro prog sounding, and got a little more modern over time, but their last album is pretty full on symphonic retro prog with tons of keyboards.
posted by markblasco at 10:40 PM on March 12, 2011


Glass Candy
posted by empath at 10:50 PM on March 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

CFCF - Invitation to Love (uses an Alan Parson's project sample)
Washed Out - Feel it All Around

This sound is kind of going through a renaissance at the moment. Check Pitchfork.
posted by phrontist at 11:15 PM on March 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

On the contemporary tip, Yoshinori Sunahara has the raybans thang going on. Even has an EP called Pan-Am.
posted by cogat at 12:38 AM on March 13, 2011

posted by Sys Rq at 1:12 AM on March 13, 2011

Sferro - New Output (soundcloud link)
posted by lovejones at 5:31 AM on March 13, 2011

The Italians Do It Better record label has you covered (see Glass Candy above) and includes these artists:




In fact just track down the Italians Do It Better - After Dark compilation - it has songs by all of these artists...
posted by cinemafiend at 7:28 AM on March 13, 2011

Spock's Beard's main guy did a complete cover of Genesis's "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" double LP with a bunch of Nashville session players and sidemen. (Look for it under "Rewiring Genesis.")

Might not be your taste insofar as the legendary Tony Banks keyboard parts (synths, organs) were rearranged for brass and woodwinds, and "prog through a jazz / pop/ showtunes lens" is an overall theme. Heck, the way that sounds it wouldn't be to anybody's tastes, but, trust me, if really does work.
posted by MattD at 8:57 AM on March 13, 2011

Zombie Zombie

Also, it's from the 90s, but Doubting Thomas are pretty excellent.
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:21 AM on March 13, 2011

I'd recommend tryinbg Stuart Maconie's 'Freak Zone' programme on BBC Iplayer.

Working For A Nuclear Free City get a bit proggy now and then.
posted by mippy at 10:14 AM on March 14, 2011

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