It's tempting to leave it at that, and maybe we should and turn back to our drink. Except, we know that there are some spring chickens out there that know diddly or, o shreck! haven't even heard about the guy...
In 2010 we accommodated him with a small concert piano and off he went, creating sounds hitherto not heard coming from our stage. «Consequences» is Peter's 30th (thirtieth) album and who's music's been with us since 1967. (Bob Dylan's coming out with his 35th studio album, as we speak). Limits on creativity and style only interest him to be attacked or simply to be blown away. But unlike earlier efforts, his newest was carefully conceptualized before he recorded it in his own studio and like with its predecessor, he plays all the instruments, sings - lead, back-up, chorus - and is listed as producer. It's an exceptional album, even accessible - ha!
'Progressive Rock' was the label attached to the music of Van der Graaf by an industry forever in need of labeling. More importantly, Johnny Rotten declared his 1975 «Nadir's Big Chance» as a source of inspiration; Kronos Quartet, Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp, Brian Eno and Guy Evans (hey, after all, he's the drummer of Van der Graaf...) are just some of the musicians in this particular echelon he worked with. Created also were music for ballet and the opera «The Fall Of The House Of Asher», after a story by Edgar Allen Poe. His own writing is equally sharp and it's a poetic fireworks and it's often hardcore existentialist. He's an even more hardcore experimentalist and in his lyrics, he's a concerned humanist to shout for. Peter Hammill hurls the collective pain of our maligned planet far into the universe with passion, at times consternation and then fury. It'll all be demanding on you - brace yourself for quite a musical ride.
Again, labeled as notpop, notjazz, notmodernclassic, we figure it can only be Pete Hammill. But you will come to your own conclusions and might want to let him know your own take on his art. Because he says: «A song - at least in my view - should not be didactic...there should be holes in it, into which the listener can insert his own comprehension and experience.»