Progzilla – Prog-Watch Two Part Feature
The first of two programs with Tony Lowe of the ESP Project and 22 Layers! Tune in to hear some of the chat and lots of great music from the two projects including his collaboration with Alison Fleming! http://progwatch.com/835/
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‘isotope’ by 22 LAYERS – Peter Coyle & Tony Lowe
Peter Coyle & Tony Lowe as ’22 LAYERS’ – release ‘isotope’ on the 21st of May, 2021.
“Oh, my goodness; that’s gorgeous!” – Review by Rob Fisher in The Progressive Aspect
isotope is evocative, sensual modern rock/prog rock with melodic overtones and a healthy portion of grit. Peter Coyle’s poetic lyrics and heartfelt vocals coupled with Tony Lowe’s innovative arrangements and unmistakable guitar create a unique soundscape throughout the nine track album, which also includes the remastered single, ‘Travelling alone’ (2020)
The limited edition CD and Digital album are available on Bandcamp – and the Digital album on iTunes – Amazon and other outlets. Bandcamp orders come with a downloadable radio edit of the title track ‘isotope‘, only available as a digital download by purchasing on Bandcamp. For more reviews and information.
“The album is crammed full of accessible, symphonic rock music with some nice progressive flourishes and effective snatches of experimentation…bolstered by Lowe’s precise layered instrumentation and sumptuous production…some great playing, thoughtful lyrics, and the definitive ESP stamp make PHENOMENA another class album.” – Full Review – Gareth’s Prog Blog
“It’s an absolutely superb album from Start to finish!!!” Garry Foster – Prog Rock Files Show – wcrfm
“Here’s the Prog you’ve been looking for! – Phenomena is a tour de force of contemporary prog.” – Brian Talgo (Gentle Knife) – Review
‘phenomena’ is the fifth release from Tony Lowe’s ESP Project and was written, arranged and performed by Tony, between January and June 2020. The album also features Damien Child who wrote the insightful and imaginative lyrics once again, and added the vocals at the end of May, with a special guest appearance by Alison Fleming on vocals on Track 7. This album has all the hallmarks of ESP with alluring melodies and stirring arrangements. Tony’s guitar and synth play haunting themes, weaving over symphonic rock at its most dramatic and uplifting, all interspersed with strange altering scenes and soundtracks that suggest dark and fascinating interiors to this music. ‘phenomena’ is rhythmic and captivating yet strong and hopeful in all the right places.
The ESP Project began in 2015/16 with ‘Invisible Din’ featuring well-know prog guests. Followed in 2018 by ’22 Layers of Sunlight’, a collaboration between Tony Lowe & Peter Coyle. The ESP Project moved forward with the release of ‘three’ in January 2019 and ‘THE RISING’ 11th of October 2019. On 4th September – the official release to iTunes, Amazon and digital/retail outlets. ESP albums have been given over 46, 4-4.5 star reviews by music press, voted into the top 10 Prog Rock albums of the year and top 10 albums of 2018. Visit the ESP Project website.
Peter Coyle and Tony Lowe have been working on a new project called ‘22 Layers’ and on 5th June their first EP for Sunn Creative, ‘LoAdeD’ is available on Bandcamp. The three songs along with one remix will be a digital download on Bandcamp and on 3rd July on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets.
In 2018 Peter and Tony worked together on the top-reviewed ’22 Layers of Sunlight’ prog album as part of the ESP Project. The ’22 Layers’ project expands their production and writing into a more experimental, alternative rock area.
Peter Coyle, is a dynamic performer, composer, producer and lyricist with a sultry voice and delivery, best known for his work in the Lotus Eaters and the worldwide hit ‘The First Picture of You’ as well as a number of other notable collaborations with many artists including Paul Humphries and Mal Holmes (OMD), Martyn Ware, John Murphy (film composer Danny Boyle) Toyah, Paul Morley, and the Lightning Seeds. In 1987, Coyle won the US Billboard Album of the Year for his critically acclaimed solo album ‘A Slap in the Face for Public Taste’.
Tony Lowe, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer is known for his production work on a number of well-known prog projects such as the ESP Project, and Crossover (Cross & Banks), Starless Starlight (Cross and Fripp) as well as many other rock and alternative rock albums. He also composes, produces and plays guitar and keyboards on the ESP Project albums. He previously played guitar with Roger Daltrey, Simon Townshend, Julian Lennon, Modern English and Pet Shop Boys among many others.
“…it’s good to see Lowe and Coyle with their own agenda and what they do on their own terms…” Powerplay
NEW PRODUCTION – CROSSOVER
David Cross & Peter Banks
A Tony Lowe Production. From improvisations by David Cross and Peter Banks recorded in 2010, they created an album of original material. Including guest musicians from King Crimson and Yes, recorded over the last two years, the result is Crossover!
The guitar and violin parts for this NEW STUDIO ALBUM were recorded on the 10th August 2010 in an afternoon of improvisation.
The resultant album was produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross, and the guest appearances were recorded during 2018 and 2019:
This is the last new album of material from the late Peter Banks, who passed away in 2013, and had wanted to see this material released.
1. ROCK TO A HARD PLACE
3. THE SMILE FREQUENCY
4. THE WORK WITHIN
5. MISSING TIME
6. PLASMA DRIVE
7. LAUGHING STRANGE
Tony Lowe’s ESP Project began in 2015/16 with ‘Invisible Din’ featuring well-know prog guests. Followed in 2018 by ’22 Layers of Sunlight’, a collaboration between Tony Lowe & Peter Coyle. ESP albums have been given over 26, 4-4.5 star reviews by music press, voted into the top 10 Prog Rock albums of the year and top 10 albums of 2018.
The ESP Project moves forward with the release of ‘three’ in January 2019 and ‘The Rising’ – 11th of October 2019. See About
11th OCTOBER 2019 – NEW RELEASE – THE RISING
Back with a sharp rise in temperature, the new ESP Project album, THE RISING, is upbeat and powerful. This tight four piece band roars through a landscape sculpted by the powerful and moving music of Tony Lowe, coupled with insightful and heartfelt lyrics of Damien Child with his versatile and poignant vocals. With guitar and keys by Tony Lowe, the passionate grooves of Pete Clark’s bass, underpinned by the intense energy of Greg Pringle’s drums, this album takes the listener to another level in the ESP catalogue.
FIRST REVIEWS of THE RISING
“Tony Lowe’s songwriting is utterly intoxicating. Delightful soundscapes are entwined around sophisticated, carefully crafted structures. Alluring melodies echo across intense, shifting rhythms; gorgeous harmonic layers segue through wonderfully elegant shifts of mood and intensely creative changes of atmosphere. Damien Child possesses that uncanny ability to blend the alluring artistry of poetry with clear-sighted insight…
The sheer scale and extent of the musical vision is mesmerising. This is an album brimming with invention and imagination, where exceptional instrumental artistry embraces a rich lyrical poetry to create tantalising musical sketches to surprise and delight in equal measure. Highly recommended.” Review – Rob Fisher – The Progressive Aspect
“The Rising will without question lift your spirits towards the sky, injecting both pace and energy at exactly the right juncture. It’s a real pleasure in this age…that the likes of ESP Project are still crafting well considered albums that flow and engage both through each individual song but also from the mood they create as a cohesive whole.” Review – Sea of Tranquility
“…the whole album sparkles with musical, lyrical and vocal delights. Lowe and Child seem to have both drawn each other’s talents and created the most rounded, enjoyable ESP album to date.” – Review – Jason Ritchie – Get Ready to Rock
“An album that promises to deliver on everything that the band has previously worked on and more.” Review – The Median Man
“It’s a prog rock fans dream…a great performance by new vocalist Damien Child…with Lowe’s guitars and keys tastefully dominating…there’s nothing to dislike on The Rising” – Geoff Wootton – Powerplay Oct 2019
ESP – three
Tony Lowe’s ESP Project is back with four great new tracks. Titled ‘three‘, the new EP contains over 30 min of progressive rock, released 19th January, 2019.
‘three’ has all the hallmarks of the first two ESP releases, with Tony’s symphonic compositions and arrangements weaving in and out of evocative and passionate vocal sections, delivered with both sensitivity and power in all the right places by Damien Child, an accomplished actor and singer with many years experience in TV, Radio and West End Theatre.
With Greg Pringle on Drums and Pete Clark on Bass this is a formidable combo of accomplished musicians playing with heart and soul. Threaded through by Tony’s unmistakeable guitar and keyboard playing, a must for anyone who liked the previous two albums, which together were given over twenty-six, 4 – 4.5 star reviews by the music press and voted into the top 10 Progressive Rock – albums of the year as well as in top 20 albums of 2018.
Tony and Damien will be working on a new album for an autumn 2019 release; in the meantime, as an introduction, ‘three’ is available on Bandcamp as a CD and digital download from 19th Jan, and the usual digital outlets. Press Release
ESP 2.0 – The new collaboration between
Tony Lowe (guitarist/composer/producer) & vocalist Peter Coyle (ex-Lotus Eaters).
‘22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT’ – written and performed by Tony Lowe and Peter Coyle (ex-Lotus Eaters) with Mark Brzezicki on drums, Pete Clark on bass. Coming after the successful debut of the first ESP album ‘Invisible Din’, the 2016 release which earned over 14 top reviews by the music industry; this incarnation features Peter Coyle, who was recently described as ‘one of the most under-rated singer/songwriters in the UK’. Joining forces with renowned composer/producer Tony Lowe to write these deeply evocative and stunningly original songs, merging passionate vocals and intricate soundscapes. Sometimes using complex rhythmic structures – supplied by ace session drummer Mark Brzezicki, overlaid with modern progressive rock elements and orchestral movements, the music creates an intense, dramatic but ultimately uplifting experience. For more information – ESP 2.0 – The Back Story.
“making music is the deepest part of our lives…it takes just over a second for the light from the moon to reach us…it takes a lifetime to share the wonder of that with others…and that is what we feel we have done with ’22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT‘” – Peter Coyle
ESP 2.0 feat: Peter Coyle & Tony Lowe playing the stunning new album ’22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT’ (release April/18) and music from the top reviewed 2016 prog rock album ‘Invisible Din’ with Greg Pringle on drums, Richard Smith on keyboards, Pete Clark on bass. *Unfortunately due to ongoing committments with Big Country, Mark Brzezicki is no longer part of the live line-up.
ESP 2.0 – 22 LAYERS OF SUNLIGHT – The unique combination of Peter Coyle (formed The Lotus Eaters in 1982 – best known for the international hit ‘The First Picture of You’), Tony Lowe (Composer/Producer/Guitarist) with Full Band will perform music from their new prog rock album, ’22 Layers of Sunlight’ (April – 2018) along with songs from ‘Invisible Din’ the 2016 release which earned over 14 top reviews by the music industry.
These deeply evocative and stunningly original songs, merge passionate vocals and intricate soundscapes. Sometimes using complex rhythmic structures, overlaid with modern progressive rock elements and orchestral movements, the music creates an intense, dramatic but ultimately uplifting experience. They will be joined by Greg Pringle on drums, Richard Smith on keyboards, and Pete Clark on bass.
*The music can be compared to Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, and Peter Gabriel.
DATES – TICKETS – 2018
Lowe & Brzezicki’s ESP-‘Invisible Din’ is a collaboration with musicians from Big Country – Procol Harum, King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator, GTR, Mike Oldfield, Landmarq, Lifesigns & more.
Released on 11th November 2016, ‘Invisible Din’ is written and produced by Tony Lowe who recently co-produced the ‘Starless Starlight‘ album by David Cross & Robert Fripp and can be compared to Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Roger Waters, The Alan Parson’s Project & Brand X.
The new band, formed by Producer/Guitarist Tony Lowe and Drummer Mark Brzezicki, showcased their Debut Album ,‘Invisible Din’ on 11th November 2016, including performances from most of the musical contributors. The immensely talented Mickey Simmonds joined the project on keyboards. Mickey has previously worked with Mike Oldfield, Fish, Camel and many others. Launch REVIEWS
Album Launch Video – ‘Almost Seen’
A great night was had by all at The Half Moon, Putney with Simon Townshend and Band in support of Independent Venue Week and the launch of Simon’s label, STIR Records – Tony is very much looking forward to playing guitar with Simon Townshend on the 29th of January. With Mark Brzezicki and Phil Spalding it should be a right good noise and also the same line up as on the ‘Denial’ album. A Four track Limited Edition EP of brand new mixes will also be available on the night. Tickets and information.
This year sees the start of Lowe & Brzezicki’s ESP album project ‘Invisible Din’. Joining them as special guests on the album will be; David Cross, David Jackson, John Young, Steve Gee, Phil Spalding, Alison Fleming, Yumi Hara, Pat Orchard, John Beagley – aiming for a 2016 release.
For latest news – Tony’s UPDATE. Tony Lowe interviewed on CODIGO – CDMX Radio, Mexico. Podcast here. “Platicamos con el músico y productor británico Tony Lowe, ex integrante de la banda Bram Stoker y colaborador de grandes figuras del rock progresivo como David Cross y Robert Fripp.” ‘Starless Starlight’ by David Cross and Robert Fripp, produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross, was released on May 4th 2015. “As a result, this extraordinary collaboration between Fripp and KC alumnus David Cross serves as a gorgeous salute to the most emotionally potent refrain in the band’s history.”
Read more in PROG (Issue 56 June 2015). David Cross interviewed in Classic Rock describing the creation of Starless Starlight; “Then I spent so long in developing these that they only really came into focus when Tony Lowe came into the project as a co-producer to help bring it all together. You can get so locked into music that you can’t see the wood for the trees. Thankfully, Tony saved me from myself. What I was aiming for was music that was warm yet dark. Something that drew you in, yet also had a certain distance. I think that’s what you hear.” Continued. “Nocturne and back again: CRIMSO classic makes a stellar return.” – Let It Rock “But whatever it’s all about, this is unquestionably one of the most beautiful violin albums I’ve ever come across, and one of the best albums so far this year.” Read more of this excellent review of ‘Starless Starlight’. Andrew Keeling reviews the album along with a musical analysis here; Sid Smith’s take on the album. ‘Starless Night‘ the album launch gig – Review Here – here is a shot of Tony Lowe, David Cross and David Jackson in rehearsals. Yumi Hara, off camera.
Find out more about ‘Starless Starlight’, Creativity, and King Crimson in this Interview with David Cross.
View the promo video here. “A beautiful and unexpected collision of Violins and Soundscapes.” Purchase at Burning Shed. View the brand new half hour documentary featuring David Cross, Tony Lowe, ex-Van Der Graff Generator’s David Jackson and Yumi Hara as they prepared for last week’s Starless Starlight album launch party.
Tony Lowe accompanied Chris Gray in his Live Session on the Robert Elms Show on April 1st on BBC Radio London 94.9. Playlist. Tony completed producton of Chris Gray’s debut album ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’ for a 6th April, 2015 release. The album, EP and singles are receiving radio play all over the UK, including on BBC Radio 2 – Dermot O’Leary show.
Human Sleeping – Dreams 1 to 8′ – the stunning new album from Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming – out July 1, 2014!
‘The Visitor’, from ‘Human Sleeping – Dreams 1 to 8’.
2014 looks to be another busy year at the Sunn Creative label; three new albums to be released, plus some re-releases of Tony’s earlier works. On 27th January, Bram Stoker’s ‘Cold Reading’ will be released. Produced by Tony, this album has had some amazing reviews so far and looks like it will sell well around the world with many copies being pre-ordered from UK, Germany, Poland, Brazil, North America, Italy, Russia and Japan. February 2014, Tony starts pre-production on an album for sunn creative’s latest signing, Chris Gray, due for release autumn 2014. As Tony says…“ Chris has so many good songs that it was hard to whittle them down but we have 11 absolute gems for the album.” In July 2014, ‘Human Sleeping’, the long awaited new album from Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming will be released. The first since ‘Second Nature’ in 2006. This album is simply delicious and contains eight new songs, including the mysterious 11 minute long ‘Dream Corridor.’ Also this year, Tony is re-working the critically acclaimed ‘All of the Above’ – ‘A rock symphony in colour’ with Alison Fleming. Re mastered and re-packaged. April 2014 also sees the release of Simon Townshend’s new album, Denial, with Tony playing guitar alongside, Simon, Mark Brzezicki and Phil Spalding. And finally, the David Cross (King Crimson) album ‘Starless Starlight’ is coming out on Noisy Records. This is grown from the musical theme featured on ‘Starless’ by King Crimson crafted into eight atmospheric instrumental pieces with some incredibly beautiful violin playing from David. Co-produced by Tony, this album is already gaining a lot of interest around the industry.
Autumn 2013 Update – Tony recently produced a four song EP for singer-songwriter Chris Gray to be released 26th October. Chris is fast gaining a strong following on the gig circuit and we feel he has a very bright future in the industry. Order and Press information at Sunn Creative. Tony has been in the studio working on ‘Human Sleeping’, the new album with Alison Fleming. This will be their first release together since 2008 and promises to be radically different from anything they’ve done before. Release is set for early 2014. Last month saw the promo video release (see below) for the Bram Stoker album ‘Cold Reading’ which Tony produced and played on. There has been quite a buzz going round about this album. Complete tracks are being played currently on various radio and internet radio shows and the CD is available from January 27th, 2014. Pre-orders are being taken now on the Bram Stoker website. Press information available there as well. Tony played two more live shows this year with Simon Townshend. The Who convention at Bush Hall on September 8th and the Looe festival in Cornwall on the 28thSeptember. All in all another incredibly busy year, watch this space and the Facebook pages for updates. News from early 2013