Rascal Reporters return on March 5, 2021 with an album of new music for the Avant-Progressive Rock in Opposition canon titled “Redux, Vol. 2: Rascals Revenge and the Great Reset,” watch the video teaser for the album below:
This release follows on from 2019’s appropriately titled “Redux, Vol. 1.” The Redux series focuses on pieces written at various points of the band’s 30+ year career that remained incomplete, being finished with additional accompanying instrumentation by the current line-up of the band, which consists of Steve Kretzmer & James Strain.
With “Redux, Vol. 2,” the band took on the goal of presenting completed versions of many of Steve Kretzmer‘s 1970s college recordings – long-form and intricate piano compositions like “Moments,” “Egg Soup” & “Hubert Greenery Peck,” reminiscent of the likes of Henry Cow, Egg and National Health, but altogether something else entirely.
Complementing these tracks are two shorter Kretzmer pieces: the aggressive “The Unfettered Way” & almost Prefab Sprout-like “Fallen Mind.” Between these lies the colourful 16-minute “Cashew Medley,” which is constructed from a collection of short Steve Gore ideas and songs, arranged and sewn together with additional instrumentation by James Strain. The album has been mastered by renowned engineer and musician Bob Drake.
The album is available as a digital download and a limited edition CD – featuring liner notes and gorgeous artwork by Dario D’Alessandro (Homunculus Res), who also provides additional synths on the track “Egg Soup.”
|01.||The Unfettered Way||04:07|
|06.||Hubert Greenery Peck (new mix) [bonus track]||14:07|
|07.||Deep Dish Beaver Pies for Breakfast [bonus track]||09:46|
|Steve Kretzmer||Keyboards, Acoustic Piano, Organ, Vocals|
|Steve Gore||Keyboards, Synths, Vocals, Organ, Guitar, Percussion & programming (2), Drums (7)|
|James Strain||Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Organ, Synths, Guitars, Arrangement, Production, Mixing|
|Dario D’Alessandro||Additional Synths (5), Ccover Artwork|
|Rick Barenholtz||Bass (7)|
Purchase the album through Bandcamp: https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com/album/redux-vol-2-rascals-revenge-and-the-great-reset-2