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Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 23 December 2017 CE
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 23 December 2017 CE
Dec 24, 2017, 15:31
Slim pickings again. Haven’t had the school run and been trying to do various bits and pieces at night (and can’t work to music)…

Panoptique Electrical – Quiet Ecology. Random piano/cello ambient thing I saw on a Norman Records mail out. A better than average offering of this type of thing… https://soundinsilencerecords.bandcamp.com/album/quiet-ecology

W is for…

Walrus – s/t. A slightly oddball, horn-driven, heavy UK psych album from 1970. Bought on the strength of this track, which is stupendously good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x11AcLhLg5o Fair to say the rest of the album doesn’t quite live up to its promise, but it’s from that fascinating 1-2 year period when psych hadn’t quite petered out and prog hadn’t properly got going (or hadn’t become formalised), and bands were allowed to do what the hell they liked, as the labels chased the ‘underground pound’ (this was originally on Deram) without really knowing what was going to fly.

Witch – s/t. Not the Zambian band, but a one-off downer rock treat from 2006, its main selling point being that J Mascis plays the drums on it (though frankly it could be anybody). There seemed to be a whole slew of bands like this popping up at the time off the back of the 70s metal revival that various music blog/download sites seemed to be partly responsible for. It’s pretty good, and the opening track is fantastic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5von-_FI0U but the main thought that occurred on revisiting it was, “blimey, this doesn’t half sound like Uncle Acid…”, even down to the vocals.

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