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Luminous Newts | Songs from a Local Universe

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Songs from a Local Universe

by Luminous Newts

Melding progressive inventiveness with smart pop sensibility and superb musicianship, this album surpasses the band's first, hailed by reviewers as “extremely original" and “excellent song-craft...that definitely deserves to be heard" (Exposé Online).
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. My Porcupine
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2. Shine
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3. Inside out and Over
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4. Green Tea and L.S.D.
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5. Commercialized
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6. Dream on It
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7. When the Newts Cross South Park Drive
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8. Silence
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The music of Luminous Newts is amphibious: melodically curvaceous, rhythmically agile, sliding fluidly between genres from pop to progressive rock.

Their previous, eponymous album received numerous positive reviews such as this one:

"Very enjoyable … 'feel good' prog/rock … influenced by bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis but they do not sound like a 'typical' old-fashioned prog band at all … This album is great." – Background Magazine

The group was founded by singer-songwriters Eric Kampman and Thea Kelley in 2012, three years after they hatched their collaboration by sitting down at the piano to write a song on their first date. Both share a classical music background, but Eric's 20 years of keyboard experience is grounded in the prog/rock/pop spectrum while Thea's experience veers into art-folk with Jack o' the Clock and even Balkan-style a capella vocals with Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble.

Kampman and Kelley are joined on this album by nuanced and versatile guitarist Andy Charmatz and the rhythm section of Gary Hobish and Russ Gold, multi-band veterans who lay down catchy grooves even while venturing into unusual rhythms. Gary also plays with True Margrit and the Yes cover band Shine Delirious, while Russ is a veteran session player whose experience includes stints with jazz greats such as Tom Scott and Miroslav Vitous.

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