Cornershop – alternative indie rock band of the 90s that opened doors to my experience of trip-hop, electronica, fuelled also by artists like Norman Cook, The Chemical Brothers. Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk – I remember also being hooked by British band All Seeing I (Beat Goes On, 1998) and I Monster, another awesome psychedelic pop band fronted also by Dean Honer.
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2015 Artist of the year.
My interest in music rarely comes through simply listening to an artist and buying their album, instead I participate in an organic process of familiarising myself with a personality. Tom Waits is an atypical celebrity, which is to say somebody without the celebrity ego. He conveys a high level of empathy and belief that to others may seem eccentric.
Music mentioned so far on blog.agwoods.co.uk include my taste in Folk, Acoustic, Indie, Jazz and Film. Now I hope to explore my more psychedelic influences including ambient electronic, dubstep, acid jazz, and folk rock.
The Flashbulb: one of my all time favourite old school dub-step bands, extremely diverse content including classical pieces, scratch, drops, subtle ambient electronic, piano and their signature digital off-tempo beats and layers.
Windy & Carl: – The Smell of Old Books:
– One of the best song titles I have found for 2015.
G O L – Sensations of Tone
– Very rare one off album by GOL
English folk music, and folk music in general, dates back to the time of witches, warlocks, the green man and the sea nymph. Finding information on that elusive local clan of folk artists or trying to research the band that the world forgot can be difficult. However the great minds at www.progarchives.com have created a precious resource for just such an occasion – and thanks to them I have a little more information on Diabolus:
Although very little known – ‘the band that the world forgot’, says Max von Seibold, drummer’s son, in a memory website (www.diabolustheband.net) -, Oxford band DIABOLUS is an early predecessor for symphonic rock to come in the middle 70’s. Members: John Hadfield (lead guitar, vocals), Anthony Hadfield (bass, vocals), Philip Howard (flute, tenor sax, organ, piano, vocals), Ellwood von Seibold (drums, percussion) and Peter Cornel (role unknown). Band was considered not comercial. Disbandments and reunions keep the band playing under the name SUNFLY.
Their only LP, “High Tones”, was recorded in 1971, in London, produced by Hugh Murphy and Shel Talmy (THE WHO); but never released because of ‘comercial’ reasons. An unauthorized edition was released in Germany by Bellaphon. When the members found out about this, in the mid 1990’s, they legally fought back property and re-released the album with Sunrise Records, Europe). Music runs from folk tunes to excessive instrumentation, including flute, sax and chorus sang by three of the members of the band, passing through jazz-fusion and complex time composing. GENTLE GIANT’s choruses run similarly to DIABOLUS’; flute sound takes them close to JETHRO TULL. Sax prefigures later PINK FLOYD sound, but while in PF sax is “invited” in DIABOLUS it comes as part of the whole. Some of the tunes approach electric jazz through the use of broken times and an open drumming, with moments of total free improvisation.
Speed is like a dozen transatlantic flights without ever getting off the plane,
you lose, you gain
makes no difference as long as you keep taking the pills.
But sooner or later you got to get out,
because it’s crashing,
and all at once those frozen hours melt through the nervous system and seep out the pores.
Withnail and I (1986)
Think Floyd – live at the Lighthouse Theatre Kettering.
There are many bands out there who have gained fame by keeping Pink Floyd’s material alive but few are as well produced, talented and in-sync with the material as Think Floyd. Their own renditions and subtle twists and contributions to the well known tracks are beautifully delivered.
I was blown away by this evenings session and awed by their choice of old and new Floyd titles, they have been on the scene for 20 years now and well worth checking out – www.thinkfloyd.net follow them on facebook
Temples – Sun Structures
Ok I may be behind the times somewhat when it comes to music disc-overy and I did hear rumours of their live (November 2013) Kettering HMV session, but because of (at the time) work commitments I never got round to listening to them, however recently I have revisited my “to do” listening list and have been quite literally blown wide open with amazement – why oh why did I miss such a rare occurrence. The Temples are now my psychedelic number one for 2014. (more details to come)