POWER PROG is proud to announce the signing of the highly occupied
Swedish Neo-Prog/Rock package ASTRAKHAN. Our first common goal
is it to release their phenomenal debut album "Retrospective" in Europe
and in North America at November 15, 2013.
With love for Hard Rock and hatred of the genres conventions and
standardization the Schelander brothers began writing songs together
many years ago. To write music together, simply for the love of writing,
was an old christmas tradition between the brothers. The winter breaks
filled the house with reggae, samba, rock and a lot of other songs in
different genres. But in 2005 things got more serious. The goal was to
write 10 songs, each with its own identity but still naturally included in a
collection of ten. One rule was that each song would have free reign to
take the paths it wanted to. Like characters in a novel the songs would
be able to travel their own ways and the composer's task was only to
document its path.
01. Under The Sun Part 1
02. Shadow Of The Light
04. Higher Ground
05. NoName Lane
06. Extreme Media Makeover
07. Long Gone Generation
08. Modern Original Sin
09. State Of Mind
10. Under The Sun Part 2
The songs wrote themselves, but the real difficulty was to find a singer who could do the songs justice. Many
talented, reputable names have tested the material but no one made it all the way. Finally Alex Lycke entered the
vocal booth and delivered the lines with passion, confidence and a voice with everything you can ask for in a
classic rock/prog band.
Alex has over the past ten years, worked as a singer with Europe as a scene. But Astrakhan is Alex's first release
in a group. Add Marcus Jidell (Evergrey, Royal Hunt) who has taken care of guitars, mix and production and also
will handle the guitars on tours and you have a group that will meet the requirements of years to come .
Astrakhan is thus composed of equal parts experience and musicality, with high level of curiosity and hunger.
"Retrospective" is the impressive proof of how to act across genres and to bring several worlds of Rock music to
one point. Incredible songwriting with melodies that don't get out of your ear paired with classic 70's prog elements,
instrumental and vocally mastery on the highest level and a consciously earthy sound production, inspired by the
classics and yet exceptionally fresh, make this album a true masterpiece for a wide range of Rock/Prog lovers.
Absolutely best choice for fans of Kansas, Styx, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Yes, ELP and 70's style
classic Rock/Hard Rock and Prog in general ...
ASTRAKHAN are ...
Alex Lycke (Lead Vocals)
Per Schelander (Bass)
Jrgen Schelander (Keyboards)
Martin Larsson (Drums)
+ special guest Marcus Jidell (Guitars)
ASTRAKHAN - Retrospective
Genre: Classic Rock/Progressive Rock
Release Date: November 15, 2013 (in Europe & North America)
Sales Territory: Worldwide
Available as Audio-CD, Digital Download & Stream