PRESS RELEASE… PRESS RELEASE… PRESS RELEASE…
Esoteric Recordings announce the launch of a front line label for 2012.
Cherry Red Records’ imprint Esoteric Recordings has announced the launch of a new imprint dedicated to new, front line album releases Esoteric Antenna.
Since its launch in 2007, Esoteric Recordings has gone from strength to strength as a catalogue label specialising in the genres of Progressive, Psychedelic and Classic Rock.
Along with Esoteric’s sister labels Atomhenge (home of the Hawkwind catalogue between 1976 – 1997), Manticore and “Kraut Rock” label Reactive, the imprint has built a catalogue of 300 titles and has worked with artists such as Jack Bruce, Barclay James Harvest, Tony Banks, Bill Nelson, P.F.M., Ray Thomas (of the Moody Blues), Tangerine Dream and many more.
In April 2011 Esoteric released the new studio album, “A Grounding in Numbers”, by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator to great acclaim and success. Esoteric Recordings label manager Mark Powell said; “The success of the Van Der Graaf Generator album brought many new album projects to our door, leading us to look into the feasibility of launching a front line label. As a result, we are taking the step of establishing a label specifically for new, front line albums, ESOTERIC ANTENNA”.
The first release on ESOTERIC ANTENNA will be a new edition of the album DIVING BELL”by Oxford based band SANGUINE HUM on March 30th 2012, which will also include several new tracks. This will be followed by the release of the new album by SQUACKETT, the collaborative project from YES bass guitarist CHRIS SQUIRE and former GENESIS guitarist STEVE HACKETT in May.
ESOTERIC ANTENNA will continue to champion the “new guard” of Progressive Rock by releasing new studio albums by PANIC ROOM in late June and THE REASONING in September. Legendary progressive acts will be further represented by the release of “PARACHUTE REBORN” in late April, a superb, newly recorded revisiting of the classic Pretty Things album “PARACHUTE” with additional material, by the XPT’s (a band featuring original Pretty Things members WALLY WALLER, JON POVEY, PETE TOLSON and SKIP ALAN).
ESOTERIC ANTENNA’s schedule will continue in the Autumn with a new album from JOHN LEES’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST expected in October (accompanied by a UK tour to be announced shortly and further European concerts).
Further releases by classic Progressive acts are also expected in 2012. Powell added; “I’m pleased and proud to say that we have an exciting roster of releases planned for 2012 which draws on the best of the up and coming new wave of Progressive rock groups and also some new material by legendary artists with a wonderful recorded legacy. We are honoured to have such a fine line-up of artists to launch the first year of Esoteric Antenna”.