It may be me, but I feel that the emergence of classic progressive rock bands in the last two years stagnated. But UMÆ are here to change it for the better.
Featuring members based in Canada and Iceland — guitarist and singer Anthony Cliplef, guitarist Guðjón Sveinsson, and drummer Samy-George Salib — the trio is joined by a number of musicians on their debut single “Turn Back Time,” which was recently premiered by UK’s Prog magazine.
John Wesley, known for his work with seminal, sorely missed prog band Porcupine Tree, and Haken bassist Conner Green appear as guest musicians on a song that draws its influences from the classic era of the genre including Genesis, Rush and Yes, and merges them with nothing less progressive Haken, Neal Morse, The Flower Kings and Transatlantic. Take a listen below.
UMÆ are set to release their debut album “Lost in the View” by the end of 2018. Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson, Miles Davis) and Eric Gillette (Neal Morse Band) are also among the guest contributors, making the upcoming album one of the releases to look for.
If other tracks are as good as “Turn Back Time,” we may be experiencing a late addition to the year’s best lists. Bring it on, boys!