Songs You May Have Missed #379


Camel: “Elke” (1977)

With guest appearance by Brian Eno on mini moog, bells and piano, English prog band Camel’s quietest tune is the ultimate song for stargazing–either mental or actual. It’s not the only Andrew Latimer song, instrumental or no, to evoke extraterrestrial landscapes: their 1976 Moonmadness album was a gentle and sweetly melodic masterpiece of space rock.

But close your eyes while “Elke” plays if you wish to let the infinite beauties of the cosmos flash in the mind’s eye. Camel were among the best at making music that did what so much of the best progressive rock can do: sweep you away to far-flung realms of the mind.

My theory is that anyone with a good imagination has a favorite prog rock band. Some just haven’t discovered theirs. Yet.

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