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KEVIN BARTLETT

Neo-Prog • United States


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KEVIN BARTLETT has a very extensive background in the music arena stretching back almost 40 years. He has provided lighting and stage management to the likes of JANIS JOPLIN, LED ZEPPELIN, JEFF BECK, THE WHO, and THE MOODY BLUES among others. He has scored music for television commercials and has also written music for Sesame Street, including Big Bird's alphabet song. He has been running his own record label, Aural Gratification, for the last 25 years. He worked as a manager and buyer for a large record retailer. And he has played in numerous bar bands and worked on various musical projects since the early 1970's.

In the early 80's, he began scoring music for theatre and dance. He also released 10 90-minute soundscapes for museums and art galleries. He founded Aural Gratification for his own musical endeavors, but also released music by various other artists including HAPPY RHODES. His label released two compilations of ambient music which included seven tracks from Bartlett.

In 2003, Kevin released his album "Near Life Experience", which combined ambient instrumental music with neo-progressive keyboard and guitar soundscapes, as well as the occasional vocals. It took him five years to complete his follow-up album, "Glow in the Dark" which featured more of the same style: expansive, flowing, ambient pieces with some neo-styled lead guitar and keyboard flavors.

He is currently planning some live events to promote both "Near Live Experience" and "Glow in the Dark". He has recently recorded a brand new song, this time with vocals and in the more mainstream neo-prog style called "Car With No Wheels", which can be listened to in rough form on his myspace page.

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Near-Life ExperienceNear-Life Experience
Aural Gratification 2003
Audio CD$12.95
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Glow In The DarkGlow In The Dark
Aural Gratification 2008
Audio CD$14.11
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Near-Life Experience by Bartlett, Kevin (2003-07-02)Near-Life Experience by Bartlett, Kevin (2003-07-02)
Aural Gratification
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Glow In The Dark by Kevin Bartlett (2008-05-13)Glow In The Dark by Kevin Bartlett (2008-05-13)
Aural Gratification
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3.09 | 3 ratings
Near Life Experience
2003
3.00 | 2 ratings
Glow In The Dark
2008

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 Glow In The Dark by BARTLETT, KEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Glow In The Dark
Kevin Bartlett Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Kevin Bartlett is a behind-the-scenes figure of music.Born in 1952 and hailing from Albany, New York, he built his career producing special effects and light shows for several well-known artists and groups and composed music for television commercials and series.He even established his own Aural Gratification Records to distribute his works independently.His first actual album though came only in 2003 under the title ''Near-life experience'', reputedly an album closer to New Age, followed 5 years later by ''Glow in the dark''.Bartlett plays all instruments for the album and Kirsti Gholson provides female vocals in a pair of tracks.

The dynamics are still slowed down for another Bartlett album, which is actually a mix of New Age and Electronic Prog, drawing influences from MIKE OLDFIELD, PINK FLOYD and Classical Music to offer ethereal, relaxing soundscapes with little contribution by rock instruments and constant doses of effects, electronics and synthesizers.So, Bartlett's music flows in a clam and safe enviroment with piano and keyboards as the main instruments, delivering atmospheres than can be both very trippy and dreamy, sometimes doubled by spacey, orchestral movements.Unfortunately this is some very soft and eventually quite hypnotic material, tending often to minimalism, which needs desperately a strong upgrade.This will come in a few pieces with some good guitar work and an apparently programmed rhythm section, which offers a seriously needed energy and some decent FLOYD-ian influence.Parts of the album contain sampled string arrangements and some sort of Ethnic flavor, especially following Gholson's vocal sections.However the lack of some more upbeat tunes and the never-changing trippy mood of the album kills its dynamic potential, which could have been really great if only some more electric tunes were added.

Bartlett still remains an active member within the music community and he even released his first trully Rock-sounding album ''Songs for the Big Kablooey'' in 2011.

A decent album for fans, who take background music as a serious case and lovers of the New Age side of MIKE OLDFIELD or GANDALF.Not really recommended to fans of any form of straightforward Rock or rich-sounding Art/Prog Rock.

 Glow In The Dark by BARTLETT, KEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Glow In The Dark
Kevin Bartlett Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This second production by US-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Bartlett continues where his first ended, but with several improvements.

New age tinged music is still the name of the game; and synths still the dominating instrument. This time around there are more symphonic tinged segments around though; and Bartlett has added more contrasts to his compositions; especially adding more dark textures and undercurrents underscoring the lighter ethereal layers. Backing vocals and vocal effects with distinct world music leanings, the addition of drums in many tunes, atmospheric guitar soloing as ell as acoustic guitar adds to the nuances explored; and the addition of eastern-sounding musical elements also keeps up interest when utilized.

Dark-tinged symphonic electronic music with some leanings towards symphonic rock is the name of the game here; with a certain emphasis on space-sounding explorations. High class all the way, and a release that should cater for the needs of many into new age as well as symphonic rock and space rock.

 Near Life Experience by BARTLETT, KEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Near Life Experience
Kevin Bartlett Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Although he has made more than 20 albums, this creation is actually the first solo album by US musician and composer Kevin Bartlett.

And the music explored on this album is of a style and manner that most people will categorize as new age. Synthesizers and keyboards dominate, the compositions are slow moving and atmospheric, guitars are used mainly as an effect, the same can be said with most rhythms in the form of drums and various forms of percussion, and even the slight input of human voices now and again is one of effect rather than vocal performance as such.

Bartlett makes more complex creations than most though. Multiple melody lines, several additional layers of sounds and effects, numerous breaks and changes in mood and intensity; and exploring spacey as well as ethnic-tinged landscapes. Careful use of dissonances and contrasting melody lines adds textures and nuances to this production rarely seen elsewhere in albums like this one - and although there's nothing here that is truly stunning you won't find anything uninteresting either; as long as you find the general style interesting.

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