Saturday, January 05, 2008

Music I Liked And Didn't - 1/1/08 - 1/5/08

Another year and the hits keep on comin'...

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V/A: A Kind Of Awe And Reverence And Wonder CD (Twisted Nerve) - “A Kind Of Awe And Reverence And Wonder” is another in the seemingly endless (and let’s hope so!) stream of collections issued by the Twisted Nerve/Finders Keepers/B-Music empire. Unlike most of its predecessors, for example, “Bearded Ladies, Volume One” (femme folk and psychedelia) and “Welsh Rare Beat” (archival recordings from the diverse Welsh music scene of the 1960’s and ‘70’s), this collection doesn’t seem to have any unifying theme. It simply contains 12 tracks of contemporary folk, pop, and psych from around the globe, mostly from emerging artists. Highlights included Welsh group 9Bach’s beautiful dose of crystalline acid folk “Pontypridd”, the flowing, lysergic pop gush of “Chlorine Fields” from Chicago’s Speck Mountain, and the incredible psych raga “Waiting By The Window” from England’s Booger Red (pictured above). Not a mindblower, overall, just a nice set of enjoyable tracks that also provide a useful and welcome introduction to some promising new artists that deserve further investigation.

In fact, I have already contacted Speck Mountain and 9Bach regarding their debut full-length and EP releases, respectively, so, stay tuned to Sonictroubadour for more info about these artists and their music in the near future!

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