Tag / folk-rock

/ April 4, 2017 / Comments Off on Flávio Venturini: Nascente (1982)

Flávio Venturini: Nascente (1982)

There are few albums that just put me in a special place. Flávio Venturini’s Nascente is one of them. When it’s on, it seems my whole spirit bends to its will. Overrun with string instruments, mostly warm-sounding, and some of the most captivatingly tender harmonies on any side of the hemisphere, or era, Nascente just has […]

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/ January 23, 2017 / Comments Off on Naoki Asai: アバ・ハイジ Aba · Heidi (1988)

Naoki Asai: アバ・ハイジ Aba · Heidi (1988)

perfect album for our alternate reality, filled with alternative facts. In a perfect world there would be lines upon lines of information out there written on Naoki Asai’s アバ・ハイジ Aba · Heidi. Unfortunately, in our imperfect world all we have is one (!!!) brave blog post even attempting to suss out what in the world Naoki Asai […]

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imply, phenomenal, a landmark release of Spanish music. The more I hear Eliseo Parra y MOSAICO’s Homenaje A Agapito Marazuela, the more I am convinced of my declaration. This album, a musical homage to the massively influential and important Castilian folklorist, musician, and dulzaina master Agapito Marazuela, does so many things right. Released a year […]

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/ December 28, 2016 / Comments Off on Claire Hamill: Voices (1986)

Claire Hamill: Voices (1986)

There’s a vastly more interesting topic hidden in full view of Claire Hamill’s unique and brilliant 1986 release: Voices. What is Voices? It’s an utterly fascinating bit of art pop, a middle ground of Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush -stylistic music, that combines forgotten English Folk with nomadic, electronic dream pop. Composed entirely free of instruments other than her own […]

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/ December 2, 2016 / Comments Off on Silvio Rodríguez: Días Y Flores (1975)

Silvio Rodríguez: Días Y Flores (1975)

Looking back at recent history, one wonders why certain wounds seem to take so long to heal. We already saw a huge wound open up, yet again, for reasons that defy easy explanation. The rise of neo-fascism and alt-know-nothings has to be a reaction to something. Just this past week another reminder of a seemingly […]

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/ November 7, 2016 / Comments Off on Jean-Claude Vannier: Jean-Claude Vannier (1975)

Jean-Claude Vannier: Jean-Claude Vannier (1975)

While I was researching this bit of music, I ran into this interview by Jean-Claude Vannier. In no uncertain terms, Jean-Claude tried to guide the interviewer away from asking questions about what he’s known for. If you’re known for something as iconic as arranging the music for Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson it would be easy […]

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/ October 21, 2016 / Comments Off on Frank Fischer: Gone with the Wind (1989)

Frank Fischer: Gone with the Wind (1989)

Pictures rarely lie, right? Take a look at the album cover to Frank Fischer’s Gone with the Wind. What does it bring to mind? Breeziness, brightness, tinges of autumnal feelings, and crisp, cool sensations are the first things that come to my mind. Released on krautrock giant Klaus Schulze’s iconic label Innovative Communication, by then more known […]

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/ September 19, 2016 / Comments Off on John Martyn: One Other World (1977)

John Martyn: One Other World (1977)

Let’s blur boundaries. Let’s begin with English singer-songwriter John Martyn’s fascinating ode to the music of Jamaica.

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/ February 16, 2015 / Comments Off on Big Country: In A Big Country (1983)

Big Country: In A Big Country (1983)

Big Country I’ll ask for forgiveness on this account. Sometimes in the journey to get somewhere, you lose track of time. In this instance, I completely misplaced my timeline for one supremely important neo-folk band. Perhaps one of the best, and last of a dying breed, the true quintessential Scottish folk-rock band: Big Country. If, […]

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/ February 12, 2015 / Comments Off on The Waterboys: This is the Sea (1985)

The Waterboys: This is the Sea (1985)

Mike Scott and the Waterboys Have you heard the Big Music? You probably already have. Its the music seemingly heard everywhere now, but not quite. Larger than life, its music that aims for the most tired of tropes: the epic song. It does so, be it by layering gigantic amounts of instruments and production tricks, […]

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