MY 80s FAVOURITE prog pop

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Jakko Jak­szyk – King Crimson

“Far from the synth pop geek he’s of­ten por­trayed as, Thomas Dolby’s mu­sic pos­sessed a har­monic so­phis­ti­ca­tion and ex­plo­ration that might sur­prise you, should you ven­ture be­yond the sin­gles like She Blinded Me With Science and Hyper­ac­tive. In­deed, the al­bum that the lat­ter comes from, 1984’s The Flat Earth, still sounds ex­tra­or­di­nary and ex­ploratory to­day.

“The at­mos­phere and chordal changes of the likes of Screen Kiss, Dis­si­dents and Mulu The Rain For­est are way be­yond much of what passed for pop mu­sic at the time. It’s ex­per­i­men­tal, gen­uinely pro­gres­sive and thought pro­vok­ing, with un­usual but highly ar­tic­u­late lyrics too. It’s pos­si­bly easy to have missed how great he was.”

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