Since 2010, The Man From RavCon (aka, Mike Brown), has been creating adventurous, atmospheric instrumental music featuring Mellotron enriched arrangements accentuated by piano and organ, interweaving synths, bass, dynamic percussion, and melodic guitar. Blending influences of 70’s classic FM album rock (Stones, Kraftwerk, Steely Dan, Supertramp) with a melodic prog flavor, The Man From RavCon’s ninth release, Another World, may be considered a somewhat more accessible work than his most recent offerings, but is no less adventurous in scope. With contributions from special guests, guitarist Larry Smith, and flutist Jeff Eacho, Another World features a more lighthearted, breezy vibe making it the perfect soundtrack for Summer 2018 and beyond. View official press release for Another World Here.
Reviews of Another World
Atmospheric laden, well made and accessible instrumental rock… this is an album that brings with it a broader and different experience much more than a mere musical one.
Olav Martin Bjørnsen, Progressor.net
This is probably my favourite disc by the artist thus far. Psychedelic, pop, electronic and progressive rock are touched upon making for a varied and cohesive listen. This is very melodic stuff as the hooks had me digging this album from the very first spin.
Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility
…persuasive compositions, teeming with memorably melodic tonal attributes, and serious-minded technical expositions. In theory, this album should appeal to a wide-ranging audience, who dig the solos, snappy cadences and harmonious song-forms.
Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
A rather particular symphonic rock, in which the mellotron draws intriguing atmospheres. Crying guitar, mellotron, flute, compassionate rhythms and airy melodies…
Peppe Di Spirito, Arlequins Webzine
…a progressive atmospheric rock tinged with simple and pleasurably falsely naive, truly creative psychedelia. To savor all summer!
Axel Scheyder, Highlands Magazine
There are few artists on the indie scene making music as integral as this. With his usual blend of spy/surf guitars, mellotron strings and rock beats to the fore, on Another World, The Man From RavCon continues to break new ground and impress long time fans.
Robert Silverstein, mwe3.com
There are a lot of varying flavors and concepts presented here… It’s all entertaining and I really like this set a lot.
Gary Hill, Music Street Journal
Another World actually opens the doors of another world, a world that’s simple and unpretentious, where the reunion with classical sounds can get back in phase with the most natural elements of what is the strength of music : the melody.
François Becquart, Music In Belgium
Another World creeps up on you and sneaks in through your mind’s backdoor to pull you into a trance.
Ian Jane, Rock Shock Pop
A kaleidoscope of sounds that swirl and whirl like you wouldn’t believe. Crazy stuff for crazy times, the vocabulary of prog is expanded in so many directions here that it’s almost hard to fathom.
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
The Man from RavCon knows how to write some accessible melody lines and he works those into some very groove-laden patterns… I found myself liking it more and more with each listen.
Jerry Lucky – Progressive Rock Files, JerryLucky.com
I think it’s very beautiful.
Door Rinco Ennema, Rock Affairs
Compositions as refined as those of large groups that perfectly symbolize progressive rock.
Brown makes a well-cared-for and pleasantly catchy music – well done in a good production.
Harry de Vries, AFTERglow ProgLog
I was amazed by how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced.
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