Growing up in the 70's, I don't think we thought about the genre of music we were listening to, it wasn't unusual to listen to Pink Floyd, then Fairport Convention, then Black Sabbath, then Steely Dan, you didn't think "I'm listening to Progressive Rock then Folk, then Rock, then Jazz/Pop" (not sure what genre you would put Steely Dan in :-), it was just all good music.
I think there is much more emphasise on genres today, which is a bit of a problem for The Light Afternoon. We have elements of Prog, Rock, Folk, Symphonic and even Jazz but which one are we? We are not really any of them. We settled on 'Progressive Rock', I think in the early 70s the term encompassed so much diverse music, it wasn't a specific style, more a umbrella for lots of different styles.
In the 80's I was lucky to see the Blues, Jazz, Soul, Grandfather of Rap, Poet Gil Scott Heron. During his set he said people found it hard to find his records, they looked in Blues, in Jazz, in Soul, he said they should have looked in Miscellaneous!
The Light Afternoon is a studio based music duo from Bournemouth Dorset UK, featuring Annette Appleton on Vocals and Steve Newland on Guitars, Keyboards & Production.
Fitting loosely in the 'Progressive Rock' genre, The Light Afternoon's music has also been described as pastoral, symphonic, and the somewhat ambiguous 'Crossover Prog'...
While their music makes unashamed references to 70s Rock/Prog/Folk that they grew up with, The Light Afternoon did not set out to produce music in the style of specific artists, the moody guitar solos, melancholy mellotrons and haunting melodies ultimately create a sound that is their own and reflects the present as much as it does the past.
The Light Afternoon's first album 'My Parallel Life' was released in December 2012, followed by 'Among The Family Tree' in March 2014. Their latest album 'The History Of Mr Puffin Man' was released February 2017.