In the previous radioshow I played some Modern intimistic dreamy (lo fi) singersongwriters :
Paul Roland : House of Dark Shadows (UK,Pastell,1986)°
"Madelaine" 3 min, "Lon Chaney" 4 min
Paul Roland : Danse Macabre (UK,Bam Caruso, 1987) *'
The Great Edwardian Air-Raid 4 min
dark psych pop ss. Now I think it has been a bit overrated in the eighties, but there still are a couple of fine songs.
Smog : Red Apple falls (UK,Domino Rec., 1997) **
The Morning Paper 4 min, Blood Red Bird 4 min
pop intimistic folk ss
Leslie Q : The casual Plane (USA,Privat,199?) *°
Tr. 6,"Pretend you're real" 2 min, tr. 12,"Power of addition" 3 min, Tr.13,"She said she wouldn't" 1 min
Leslie Q : Presque Vu'(USA,Privat,199?) **
lo fi folk with sometimes raga-like guitar
Magical Island : Small (USA,Privat, 199?) *
Tr.1, Intro 2 min, tr.3, "Radio Star" 5 min, tr.11,"Inways these days" 5 min
housemade styled dark minimal pop psych folk
Not much of the genre above still touches me now. I still don't see the lo fi recordings as much rewarding.
Of course there are exceptions and that's why people might have started taking this (too) seriously.
A radioshow (from 2001)
with some new dreamy pop psych folk and psych folk pop.
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci : Barafundle (Wales, Mercury Rec.,1997) **°
Tr.5 "Better Rooms" 4 min, tr.9, "Cursed, coined and crucified" 3 min, tr.10, "Sometimes the father is the sun" 3 min, tr. 16, "Wordless Song" 3 min
psych folk pop (some of their works are very good !)
contact : Ankst, Gorffwysfa, Heol Y Bedyddwyr, Pennygroes, Gwynedd, LL54 6NU, UK.
Red Chair Fadeway : Curiouser and Curiouser (UK,Engl.Garden, 1991) **
Tr.1, "My brother's room" 3 min, tr.6, "Saffron's Dream" 3 min, tr.20, "Out of the gray" 4 min
Red Chair Fadeway : Mesmerised (UK,English Garden,1993) ***
Tr.3, "The plaitman of Bedfordshire" 6 min, tr.4, "Cristatus" 5 min
pop psych folk
contact : 156 Brompton Close, Luton, Beds LU3 3UQ England
Red Chair Fadeway : Mesmerised (1993)
Stormclouds : Nightmares in the sky (UK,Rainfall Rec.,1996) ***
Tr. 1, "To sleep, perchance to dream" 4 min, tr.9, "Nightmares in the Sky" 6 min,
tr.15, "The darkest hour" 3 min
pop psych folk pop
contact : Rainfall rec. 28, Churchill Close, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 8EN, UK
Belle & Sebastian : 3..6..9 Seconds of light (UK,Jeepster, 1997) ***
Tr.1, "A century of fakers" 5 min, tr. 3, "Beautiful" 6 min
Belle & Sebastian : Lazy Line Painter Jane (UK?Jeepster, 1997) ***
Tr.2, "You made me forget my dreams" 4 min
tr.4, "A century of Elvis" 5 min
(: lots of information,pictures,there : a recommended visit)
Pobox 14153 London, SW11 4XU, UK.
I heard some of their later work lately. It didn't seemed very inspired, musically. A bored me a bit.
The Shakers : Songs from beneath the Lake (USA, Caryle Rec., 1990) ****
Tr.1, "Songs from beneath the Lake" 5 min, tr.3, "Rain Song" 5 min, tr.5, « Damballa-Wedo »(100..->) 4 min
psych folk pop, unfortunately completely unknown. Very much inspired by Led Zeppelin too.
contact : Cypocryphy Publ., 1239 Plymouth Ave., Nashville, TN 37216, USA
April Sky : Palace of Joy (B, Koch Int., 1994) *****
Tr.1, "Palace of Joy" 4 min
pop psych folk, one of the most promising groups from the nineties in Belgium. They recorded a full album, but unfortunately it never got released for various reasons.Only a single-cd exist, and a demo tape. Only one song on the single is awful thanks to a bad contract and a must have untalented drummer on one track. The rest is incredible. Powerful emotional female voice, and pych folk pop band, inspired by Trees, Pink Floyd and even Abba. April Sky disbanded end 90's. Later Mea Culpa was formed out of the ashes. Now Carmen stopped with music and transformed her talents to other fields of importance.
The April Sky-single "Palace of Joy" (1994)
Robin O'Brian & David Mitros : Tree of Life (UK,M&E,1993) *****
Tr.2, "Open Eye" 6 min, tr.3, "Big as a wall" 4 min, tr.4, "Apple" 7 min
This duo is sadly unknown. I like very much their recordings.
Spiral Sky (UK?,Acme, 199?) *
Tr.10, "Sensing the Blue" 7 min
new psych folk ; (was better graded if the singer would have sang a only bit better)
contact : Acme Records, Pobox 248, Sevenoaks Kent, TN14 6WT, Eng land, UK.
The Living Room : Chambers (D, Privat,1997) **** Tr.1, "Crystals" 3 min, tr. 2, "Impressions of Daze" 2 min, tr. 3, "Acid comes" 4 min, tr. 4, "Time is like a phluph" 2 min, tr. 7, "Mother Bear" 4 min, tr. 11, "Just a little Song" 4 min
Psych folk pop with some 60 psych influence. One of the best unknown psychfLP's from the 90's.
Contact : K.Becker, Inselstr.52,28207 Bremen, Germany
A picture from The Living Room
The Kitchen Cynics, Vinyl Bill & Gordon Gray say "Cut Out, fold back and switch on!!!"(UK,Privat,1999) ***
Tr.3, "Black dog beach" 4 min, tr.5, "At villa E.1027 (Eileen Gray reflects)" 2 min, tr.7, "The day that love went green" 4 min, tr.15, "Whispering Shore" 3 min Pop psych folk ; Contact : 346, Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 7GX Scotland, UK
The Roots of Echo : Nothing between you and the sun (Mellow R.,S,1996) ***
Tr.3, "The eternal Power" 3 min
Prog pop psych ssw with psych folk-touches
Andreas Niemi, Tullinggatan 5C, 43143 Melndal, Sweden
Roots of Echo broke up for a while. Mats is still working with Sinkadus : http://home1.swipnet.se/~w-18973/sinkadus/ (Sinkadus is new symphonic music. One of the more interesting groups of new symphonic if you ask me). Jörgen has some own projects. Home Page : http://come.to/jmo-music. One gossip : Mellow Records never payed the group for the recordings ! ....!? The lable has however many good reissues.
Roots of Echo latest album (1996)