Howdy, human_friends! Here's a biiig reco for all y'all weirdos out there -- one of my fave bands ever! Thinking Plague!
These human_folks have been making music since before I was born, but it took me nearly 25 years to find them. Masterminded since the beginning by Mike Johnson (guitar, etc.), the band has gone through several incarnations over the decades with notable members like Bob Drake, Dave Kerman, and Elaine di Falco, among many other innovative musicians. Noted for wonderfully complex, yet intuitive RIO/prog music, this is a band that can still make it pop. (Editor's Note: Maybe a bit subjective there, oh well ;) Amazing!
Their first legit full-length, In This Life, strikes the strongest chord personally with its dissonant & heavy avant-folk inventiveness, but I'd say the best starting point for unfamiliar lovers of hyper-intricate progg-y music would be the monster of an album known as In Extremis. This one's got e-v-e-r-y-thing, including a 14 minute piece that demands such a lengthy running time with its thematic development and compositional movement (plus a candidate for best damn guitar solo ever!) An album that pulls zero punches musically or otherwise -- it's deep, dark, playful & amusing with no shortage of contrast or dynamic instrumental/vocal interplay. Check it out here:
More recently (2017), the T-Plague team have given us an absolute head-fucker of an album with Hoping Against Hope. This one's certainly notable for the nearly unbelievable advancements in the composition over the years of Mike's truly unique music, and seemingly impossible instrumental interaction from all involved. While this is another brilliant effort fans are sure to love and study for a long time, its uncomfortable nature may be nearly insurmountable for the uninitiated...maybe. (Far be it from me to tell you how to listen to music, tho. 😏)
In closing, this band changed my life and challenged/opened my mind, and I hope you'll find something to enjoy for yourself in their immersive catalogue.