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Music Releases by Brian Johnstone

Consent Under Coercion album front cover

Consent Under Coercion

Solo

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Anywhere But Here album front cover

Anywhere
But Here

Zdiar

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The Agartha Tesseract album front cover

The Agartha
Tesseract

Zdiar

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The Balance of Risk album front cover

The Balance
of Risk

Aurora Project

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A huge songwriting talent at work here!

Hemisphere Music, Holland
The Balance of Risk is an excellent and very diverse album
Bruce Gall, ARFM Radio
Beautifully crafted music showing extremely well the compositional capabilities of this artist
CD Services
Amazing songwriting and atmospheres with mix of classic prog/pop elements with contemporary drum programming and soundscapes (about Zdiar)
People Sound (early music portal)
Consent Under Coercion is a damn fine album
Emma Roebuck, Progzilla Radio
This is a true solo effort with no frills and some good progressive rock. Brian Johnstone is quite a talent.
Keith Hannaleck, Prog Rock Music Talk
Fantastic songs, musically brilliant and a pretty good vocalist thrown in there too. This has to be one of the better Prog albums i’ve bought recently.
David McCombe

The Music

Brian Johnstone is a driven and charismatic artist with a unique approach to his blend of music which incorporates a wide variety of styles, genres and influences creating an eclectic collection of albums and songs.

It defies classification but includes heavy influences from modern progressive rock, electronic pop, ambient, country and more,  His innovative arrangements, beautiful melodies and forward-thinking modern approach echo the work of artists the likes of Toto, It Bites and Steve Hackett, just to mention a few.

As a seasoned keyboardist, Brian is part of several bands and side projects, including Zdiar and Scarlet Inside.

His sound is all about great sonic textures, competent musicianship and visionary compositions in a modern multi-genre and progressive rock context, but most of all great memorable songs that engage your ears and soul.

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News from the front

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Video Filming for new single Ujezd Tarantella

We're preparing to film a video next week to support the release of the single Ujezd Tarantella (Taste the Fear) from the Consent Under Coercion album. Yes it's a long name for a single but there you go.   It's

Chris Difford Songwriting Retreat 2017

I'm still buzzing. I have just returned from a totally inspirational and educational week at the Chris Difford 2017 Song Writing Retreat. It was a privilege an an honour being among such a range of supremely talented songwriters and musicians.

Total inspiration from Steve Hackett Live

 I recently saw Steve Hackett live in Glasgow. I guess this is around the 12th time I have see Steve Hackett: my first being in 1981 or so on the Spectral Mornings tour at Glasgow Apollo (a fine venue

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Consent Under Coercion – now streaming

I finally got Consent Under Coercion on to Apple Music. It's now available for streaming on Apple Music (via CD Baby) and a few other sources. Of course the best place to stream the music (or even pay a few

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Easy as XYZ: Xcess, Yes and Jimmy Z

While in Los Angeles recently I was recording some backing tracks for my new album I bumped into Jimmy Zavala. Better known as Jimmy Z (and his band Z Tribe) he is best known for his legendary harmonica and sax

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Interview with Progshine the prog rock network

An interview I did with Progshine (the prog rock network) a few months back. Thanks to Diego for flying the flag. http://www.progshine.net/2016/10/interview-brian-johnstone.html

Multi-genre music (with a sprinkling of Modern Progressive Rock/Neo Prog)

Whether within the creative collective of a collaborative project such as Zdiar or on his solo project Brian Johnstone’s multi genre music is refreshingly modern combining the best of a variety of styles including: progressive rock, electronic, pop, ambient, country and more in a tuneful innovative approach with a gritty honesty and insightful lyrics.

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