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Ten es­sen­tial Ks­cope al­bums.

Prog - - Intro -

The PineaP­Ple Thief

Tightly Un­wound (2008)

The al­bum that kicked off the Ks­cope revo­lu­tion, and one that would help shape the sound of things to come: art­ful, in­tel­li­gent post-pro­gres­sive rock that looked for­wards rather than back.

engi­neers

Three fact fader (2009)

The se­cond al­bum from ar­guably the most over­looked band in the Ks­cope fam­ily, Three

Fact Fader sits some­where be­tween in­die rock, dream pop and the epic sound­scapes of Sigur Rós. Even on a la­bel where no one sounds like no one else, this re­ally sounds like noth­ing else.

anaTh­ema

We’re here Be­cause We’re here (2010)

The Liver­pool band hadn’t put out an al­bum of new ma­te­rial in seven years when Ks­cope signed them. The Floy­dian We’re Here Be­cause We’re Here was the per­fect come­back and the start of their meta­mor­pho­sis from a metal band into some­thing else.

sTeven Wil­son

grace for Drown­ing (2011)

Wil­son played a piv­otal part in found­ing Ks­cope, and re­mains the la­bel’s best-sell­ing artist. The breadth of his sprawl­ing se­cond solo al­bum (his first fol­low­ing Por­cu­pine Tree’s split) summed up Wil­son’s rest­less spirit – and that of the la­bel, too.

BrUce so­orD WiTh Jonas renkse

Wis­dom of crowds (2013)

On pa­per, the union of The Pineap­ple Tree’s Bruce So­ord and Jonas Renkse, singer with one-time Swedish death met­allers Kata­to­nia, should have been a dis­as­ter. In re­al­ity, their evoca­tive, hands-across-the-ocean ap­proach turned out to be a thing of beauty.

norDic gi­anTs

a séance of Dark Delu­sions (2014)

The de­but al­bum from mask-wear­ing post-rock duo Nordic Gi­ants brought to­gether evoca­tive elec­tron­ica, movie sound­tracks and gen­eral weird­ness in one strik­ing pack­age.

iamThe­morn­ing

light­house (2016)

Prog, clas­si­cal and East Eu­ro­pean folk mu­sic came to­gether on the se­cond al­bum from Rus­sia’s iamthe­morn­ing. In pi­anist Gleb Kolyadin, the band have one of the most prodi­gious tal­ents in modern mu­sic.

The an­choress

con­fes­sions of a ro­mance nov­el­ist (2016) Cather­ine Anne Davies’ first al­bum as The An­choress is surely the most left-field re­lease yet on this left-field la­bel: vivid, baroque pop that was as per­fectly placed on day­time ra­dio as it was within

Prog mag­a­zine.

PaUl DraPer

spooky ac­tion (2017)

The ex-Man­sun singer had taken a step back from the front­line be­fore he signed with Ks­cope. But the deal re­vi­talised him – as well as re­leas­ing his long-ges­tat­ing de­but solo al­bum, the la­bel also reis­sued a lav­ish deluxe ver­sion of Man­sun’s clas­sic At­tack Of The Grey Lantern.

Tesser­acT

son­der (2018)

Show­cas­ing the edgier side of the la­bel’s aes­thetic, Brit prog metal main­stays Tesser­acT signed with Ks­cope for their third al­bum, 2015’s in­tri­cate

Po­laris. This fol­low-up brought the mam­moth riffs back with­out re­turn­ing to their ‘djent’ sound of old. For both band and la­bel, the fu­ture looks bright. Dev

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