THE DEVIL'S NEST
Here's my last contribution for this ladies month and my last post, then, for this year (*). I'm happy to see that this ladies month has had great success and that we managed to span many music styles. Today's post is dedicated to japanese godess of the keyboards : Keiko Kumagai and her band Ars Nova.
Not to be mistaken with early 70s english band, this is a quite recent ensemble that made revive the glorious aura of the golden years of prog. With male alter ego Gerard, Ars Nova was one of thos band that sounded like ELP, but made it quite better than them at the same time. Of course, this was a great challenge, but anyone can confess that, in 1992 Emerson, Lake & Palmer were not into it at all anymore. Anyway, Ars Nova's music reminds us the great moments of the older trio with its power, its highlights and also its pompousities.
When we first had established that december would be a ladies month, I first though of Ars Nova because it was the only 100% female band, but sadly, the latest albums saw the line-up change and become from a female trio to a bi-duo male/female. no matter, Keiko Kumagai carries all the talents and responsibilities for the band.
My Ars Nova Top 3 :
1. Fear & Anxiety (1992)
2. Biogenesis Project (2003)
3. The Goddess Of Darkness (1996)
(*) don't panic, SFP, TT and the other members are still here to make this blog turn round ! So have a merry christmas and see you next year !