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Theta Five - 101CD (2020)

by Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Beautifully packaged and factory produced to Discus Music’s usual high standard. Artwork by Walt Shaw.

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"The group plays a ground breaking mix of psychedelic progressive rock, mesmerizing electronics, avant-garde classical and jazz improvisation. Effortlessly combines acoustic and electric instruments along with captivating vocals to deliver a fascinating set of adventurous musical pieces." - Progressive Rock Central

The fifth album by this adventurous improvising rock group. This time round an expanded 8 piece version of the band improvised in the studio for two days in October 2019. These live recordings were extensively reworked and arranged over the following months with the addition of composed vocal and instrumental material. The end result is the band’s most expansive and adventurous work to date, with a greater emphasis on improvisation not seen since the band’s first album – but the improvised elements are contrasted strongly with the rhythmic and lyrical passages where the voice and some tighter structures come to the fore.

“The large ensemble harnesses a hybrid patchwork of electro-acoustic textures that brings to mind the spacey explorations of Alice Coltrane, Terry Riley, Tangerine Dream, Can et al. Choirs, choppy strings, throbbing beats, dreamy vocals and snarling bass rise and soar into bold themes creating a diverse and thrilling listen.” - SID SMITH, PROG


released September 11, 2020

Martin Archer – saxophones, clarinet, flute, organ, mellotron, software instruments, voices

Steve Dinsdale – drums, synths

Lorin Halsall – double bass, electric upright bass, electronics

Yvonna Magda – violin, electronics

Andy Peake – rhodes, synths

Walt Shaw – percussion, electronics

Jan Todd – vocals, voices, lyrics, harps, electronics, laptop, midi keys, bowed acoustic bass guitar (on Obsidian), glockenspiel, 12 string guitar, Korg wave drum, Idiopan

Terry Todd – electric bass guitar, acoustic 12 string guitar


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Discus Music was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer. The label releases leftfield rock music, free jazz, extended songform, electronics, improvised music, and other sounds which defy categorisation.

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