"Beyond the Clear" Air is one of the major albums of Japanese '80s progressive rock. It was also Midas' sole LP, until the band's re-formation in 1996. The music resolutely belongs to its era and the neo-progressive ethos, with Marillion and IQ being obvious reference points. That said, the music is also more symphonic and has a jazzier edge than most European neo-prog outfits of the '80s -- a trait many Japanese bands shared. Released in 1988, the original LP featured four tracks ranging from 5 to 18 minutes in duration, all fronted by singer/violinist Eigo Utoh and co-written by Utoh and keyboardist Eisho Lynn.