January 22, 2014

Another record inspired by the Third Ear Band...?

Third Ear Band is still a strong reference for many artists. In the last years we have seen as many bands use to refer to TEB's music, not always with right reasons to state it...

Anyway New Zealander Alastair Galbraith, with his 2013 album titled "Cry", somewhere seems to be very near to TEB's mood - that particular, unique climax that makes the music of Glen Sweeney & C. so charming.
Listen to the short instrumental "Wish", for example, and you'll find some of it...

Ian Fraser from The Terrascope (http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Reviews_March_13.htm) writes about the record:

Gilbraith in 2011
"New Zealander Alastair Galbraith is a prolific multi-instrumentalist whose fourth album Cry, recorded between 1998 and 2000, receives a belated release (hence our interest) and which pitches him somewhere twixt Ivor Cutler, Rock Bottom-era Wyatt and a discordant Third Ear Band. The Cutler comparison is in no short measure due to the lavish and atmospheric application of harmonium which immediately strikes you from the opening bars of “Bellbird”. The thirteen mostly short tracks (some just seconds in length) all plink and fizz along in a nagging drone that evokes not so much kitchen sink as camp stove psychedelia of the most curious variety, with backwards tapes, scratching violin and all manner of found sounds neatly enough interspersed with Galbraith’s mostly spoken word vocal. The ingredients all come together beautifully on the criminally short “One Method” and another highlight, “Koterana”, which sounds like a nest full of wasps, gorged on seasonally mellow fruitfulness and having a rare old time knocking out drunken jigs and reels (or so you’d imagine). All oddly pleasing and pleasingly odd, and a welcome (re) release to be sure".

Issued on vinyl for the first time in a run of 500 LPs and available digitally, you can listen/download/buy the record at http://mie.limitedrun.com/products/511937-alastair-galbraith-cry-lp, then let me what do you think about it...

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