One of the delightful aspects of Prog Rock is that it covers such a wide spectrum of actual music. It is almost as if it is a catch all for everything that doesn’t fit anywhere else. Sometimes it comes close to creeping into the world of metal, and sometimes it strays into the worlds of electric folk, and classical.

Edensong for the most part belong in the latter category. I you are a fan of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) you cannot but help love Edensong.

I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the driving force behind the band James Schoen as part of our ongoing radio series The Week In Reviews, and a very interesting interview it turned out to be.

In one shape or another Edensong has been around since 2002, a band that James formed while attending college. It has gone through a number of generations, though maybe the current line up will prove to be the master recipe for the band.

Their debut album The Fruit Fallen has actually been around for some time, and while getting plenty of attention on the prog rock oriented web sites has yet to be picked up by the mainstream, silly them! I know great music when I hear it, and James Schoen has ‘the right stuff’.

Not surprisingly Jethro Tull is a musical influence, but also are the more traditional proggers like Genesis and Yes. What did surprise me was that James also mentioned The Beatles, who he feels were indeed bordering on prog at times, and Michael Jackson, who he said he really liked in Grade 2!

You can listen to the entire interview here, oh, and you will also have the opportunity to listen to two tracks from The Fruit Fallen. Hey, free music is always good! Even better when it is legal!

Edensong also have a web site and the obligatory MySpace page

Give these folks a listen, they are way worth the time.

Simon Barrett

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