Toby Twirl

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 8:11 | Category : Articles, Beat, Unreleased
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It seems incredible that it’s taken 50 years for pop-psych band Toby Twirl to release their first long player. Originally formed in 1968 in Newcastle, they recorded three now highly revered singles for Decca in the late 1960s.

Jason Barnard speaks to John Reed, with contributions from band mates Barry Sewell, Nick Thorburn and Dave Holland, about the group’s history and new release:

The Thin Cherries

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 7:49 | Category : News
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The Thin Cherries is the new project from Chicago musicians Mark Lofgren (The Luck of Eden Hall) and Steven Delisi (Phenomenal Cat). 
Their self-titled, debut album opens with the lyrically topical “Uncountry” and the psych-folk track “Twonty” and, for the rest of the release, Lofgren (who fronts on “Uncountry”) and Delisi (who sings “Twonty”) trade off lead vocals nearly song for song.

The infectious “I and Julia” features Lofgren on lead, while “So Many Faces” (like “Twonty”) is a Delisi-fronted. Lofgren’s “Dorian Gray” is very reminiscent of his work with The Luck of Eden Hall (as well as his solo effort, The Past Perfect), while Delisi’s “Oven Mitt” has a nice psychedelic intro and playful, homespun lyrics.

“Not My Love” finds Lofgren in an introspective space (think Nick Drake or Elliot Smith), while the album’s closing cuts, “Kissimmee”and “Star Lounge,” move effortlessly from jazzy indie rock to breathless dream pop.

As a group, The Thin Cherries is rounded out by multi-instrumentalist Darren Shepherd, keyboardist Birdie Soti and drummer Gabriel Palomo but the album is really a showcase for the Lofgren-Delisi partnership. Let’s hope that this musical marriage continues to bear magical fruit.

Bobby Harrison

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 19:58 | Category : Podcasts
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Bobby Harrison of Procol Harum, Freedom and Snafu joins Jason Barnard to talk about his legendary career in rock music.bobby harrison

  1. Snafu – Don’t Keep Me Wondering (Live Nottingham 1976, Angel Air, 2017)
  2. Snafu – Long Gone (Live Nottingham 1976, Angel Air, 2017)
  3. The Golden Apples Of The Sun – The Monkey Time (Single A-side, Immediate, 1965)
  4. Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale (unreleased stereo version, rec 1967) (30th Anniversary Anthology, Westside, 1997)
  5. Procol Harum – Homburg (Single A-side, Regal Zonophone, 1967)
  6. Freedom – To Be Free (Nerosubianco, Atlantic – Italy, 1969)
  7. Freedom – Frustrated Women (Freedom, Probe, 1970)
  8. Freedom – Going Down (Is More Than A Word, Vertigo, 1972)
  9. Snafu – Drowning In The Sea Of Love (Snafu, WMA, 1973)
  10. Bobby Harrison – King Of The Night (Funkist, Capitol, 1975)
  11. Nobody’s Business – Bleed Me Dry (Nobody’s Business, Columbia – Japan, 1978)
  12. Bobby Harrison, Mezzoforte – It’s Over (Solid Silver, BAT, 1987)
  13. Snafu – Long Legged Woman (Live Nottingham 1976, Angel Air, 2017)

Hear music from Bobby’s 50 year career including three tracks from his new album Snafu – Live Nottingham 1976, out now on Angel Air.

Joss Cope – Unrequited Lullabies

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:06 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Joss Cope is arguably best known musically for his contributions to brother Julian’s landmark albums ‘Fried’ and ‘St Julian’, and later releases on the Creation label as part of Something Pretty Beautiful. His new album ‘Unrequited Lullabies’ English post-punk psychedelic sound shares much with these 80s indie landmarks.

Despite it’s anglophile nature the album was recorded in Finland – the core of his band are a trio of top Helsinki musicians: guitarist Veli-Pekka Oinonen (Nights of Iguana, Leningrad Cowboys), bassist Esa Lehporturo and percussionist Ville Raasakka. Ireland’s O’Reilly O’Rourke (ex-Freak Outburst) originally from Ireland features on keyboards.

Starting with ‘Learn to Fly’ its roller coaster of pop hooks are fitting for its music video.

Other highlights include the observational ‘Scales Falling’, off kilter ballad ‘Your Broken Heart Is Not For Sale’ and the every-day lyrical psychedelia of ‘Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere’.

Closing with the Barrettesque ‘Streaming’, Joss closes ‘Unrequited Lullabies’ as strong as it starts:

Lotte Kestner – Off White

Saturday, 5 August 2017, 20:08 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Four years ago Anna-Lynne Williams under the Lotte Kestner moniker recorded one of my favourite albums ‘The Bluebird of Happiness’. A window on her soul, its delicate dark folk signature was a record that most artists could not reach, let alone surpass.

Since then Anna-Lynne has released a couple of excellent albums of electronica as part of the duo Ormonde and a host of superbly selected covers. What we see with her new release is a host of tracks that sit well alongside ‘Bluebird’ and her recent material.

Lotte Kestner Off White

Tracks to highlight include opener melancholic love song ‘Secret Longitude’, the elegant string laden ‘Have You Sailed Home’, ‘Senses’, and the equally memorable ‘Go To Sleep Now’.

As a taster watch her new music video ‘Ghosts’, its haunting simplicity and lyrical theme of doubt laying down a marker for this superb record.

Lotte Kestner – Off White is released on 1 September on Saint Marie Records.

Patrick Campbell-Lyons – Nirvana

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 13:16 | Category : Interview, Podcasts
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Take a trip with Patrick Campbell-Lyons’ through his 50 year musical journey – from Nirvana, Hat and Tie, his songwriting and excellent new solo album.Patrick Campbell-Lyons

  1. Nirvana – Pentecost Hotel (Single A-side, Philips, 1971)
  2. Hat And Tie – Finding It Rough (Single A-side, President, 1967)
  3. Nirvana – Tiny Goddess (Single A-side, Island, 1967) (corrected)
  4. Herman’s Hermits – Wings of Love (The Best Of Herman’s Hermits Volume III, MGM US, 1967)
  5. Nirvana – Rainbow Chaser (Single A-side, Island, 1968)
  6. The Alan Bown – We Can Help You (Single A-side, Music Factory, 1968)
  7. Jimmy Cliff – Waterfall (Single A-side, Island, 1968)
  8. Nirvana -Oh! What a Performance! (Single A-side, Island, 1969)
  9. Nirvana – The World Is Cold Without You (Dedicated to Markos III, Pye, 1970)
  10. Nirvana – The Saddest Day of My Life (Single A-side, Vertigo, Single A-side, 1971)
  11. Nivana – Please Believe Me (Songs of Love and Praise, Philips, 1972)
  12. Nirvana – Love Is (Single A-side, Pepper /United Artists, 1978)
  13. Nirvana – Shine (Black Flower – reissue, Edsel, 1993)
  14. Patrick Campbell-Lyons – You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet (You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet, Market Square Music, 2017)
  15. Patrick Campbell-Lyons – Different Day (You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet, Market Square Music, 2017)

Remastered and expanded versions of Nirvana’s albums ‘Songs of Love and Praise’ and ‘Local Anaesthetic’ are now available on Cherry Red.

Patrick’s new album ‘You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet’ is out now on Market Square Music.

The 2012 written interview between Patrick and Jason Barnard can still be found at the Strange Brew.