Thursday, 12 November 2015

What i've been listening to...

Ahoy November! The days are getting darker and the leaves soggier and my converse browner, 2015 is getting sleeeepy...Things are starting to get all nostalgic and broody, this is the best time of the year. You get to watch old horror movies, eat soup, and lose yourself in really really long songs about wizards and space. Sian and i have been cosying up with sweetmilk, angel cards, and Ghost Hunters. It's lovely right here, right now. Here are a few things i've had on my walkman this week...

Stoneground Words by Melanie
From the album of the same name, which has just been reissued...i've loved Melanie ever since i was a pup, my Dad had the Candles In The Rain record, which i still have and hold dear, but Stoneground Words is a truly beautiful, powerful, great album that captures that whole back-to-the-earth, self-exploration of the early 70's, and i can't get enough of it right now.

It Brings A Tear by Audience
This gorgeous flutey goodness is off the Friend's Friend's Friends album, their second. Audience are definitely an underrated band, and this song is a deep mossy green delight.

La Serie Dei Numeri by Angelo Branduardi
I've just discovered Branduardi, and i gotta say, i am blown away by this dude, and not just because of his massive hair. This song is originally from the 1976 album Alla Fiera Dell'Est, which is absolutely my favourite Italian album of all time right now. So, this song translates as something like The Series of Numbers, unfortch i couldn't tell you what it's all about because gosh it's quite esoteric and mystical, but this live version is a total gem isn't it! Branduardi specialised in an almost Medieval canticle style, and in parts he reminds me of The Incredible String Band. This guy was clearly off the charts genius.   

Pillars Of The Sky by Mondo Drag
I am loving Mondo Drag! This instrumental from their self-titled album is a dreamy psych beaut, which puts you somewhere in the middle of a vast kaleidoscopic desert on some distant planet. The album is a brilliant organ-heavy proggy riff-fest, kinda Deep Purpley, with enough hooks, imagination and ace musicianship to keep ya titillated through your entire acid trip, or *cough* your nice warm tea under a crochet blanket trip.


  1. Hi Bert, you're speaking my language with this gold-orange-brown blog of yours. I love Melanie and saw her earlier this year. Boy is she loud! But in a good, passionate way. Will look out for the Stoneground Words LP (my prefered form of media). I have the earlier Gather Me album and it, too, has that back-to-the-earth vibe. I've been in my Cat Stevens/Jethro Tull/Melanie bubble for many months so thanks for Angelo Branduardi. This song reminds me of Cat Stevens' "Angelsea" on my favorite album Catch Bull at Four. Since I'm also a fan of early music, I think I need to explore Branduardi! Love the prog rockness of Mondo Drag and the flute of Audience. It was great to meet you and Sian! Sorry if I talked your ear off when you were at work. It's rare to find someone else with whom I can enthuse about Jethro Tull :)

    1. Hello!! Thank you so much for your comments! It was really lovely meeting you, a real treat, and so glad you enjoyed the Branduardi. Hey, since you're a major Cat Stevens fan, you should defo check out Silent Passage by Bob Carpenter - one of my big discoveries of recent years (though obviously it's from the 70's, natch) and quite Cat Stevens-y! I just realised i HAVE NOT heard Catch Bull at Four, i must fix that, thanks for the recommendation. x


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