A Guide to the Neo-Canterbury Sound 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

What do modern-day mavericks in Oslo, Milan, Minsk, and Barcelona have to do with some jazz-loving hippies’s 1970s hijinks in a quaint British cathedral city? It all comes down to the Canterbury sound, a style that blossomed in the historic English tourist stop half a century ago when bands like Soft Machine, Caravan, National Health, and Hatfield & The North mixed jazzy chops, proggy ambitions, and absurdist, Monty Python-esque humor to create a breezy-but-brainy new microgenre.

Today it seems like the Canterbury influence has followed more routes than Google Maps, slipping into Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the Eastern Bloc, and beyond. The new breed isn’t serving up slavish replications of a 50-year-old sound, though—they’re swizzling it into an intoxicating cocktail alongside psychedelia, Rock in Opposition, post-punk, and whatever else swings their cerebellums.