DAMIEN YOUTH – ” The Woodlock Demos “

Posted: May 24, 2015 in MUSIC
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The legendary New Orleans‘ psych-folk artist Damien Youth, who has a recording history that dates back to the eighties, and is frequently (and deservedly) compared to Donovan, Robyn Hitchcock and Paul Roland. Youth’s output has slowed to a trickle these days, making releases like the “The Woodlock Demos” all the more precious. No idea whether these two tracks are a teaser for something else that he’s working on, but they’re lovely acoustic gems, which sound complete in their fragile, unadorned states. “Quest to Succumb” in particular, burns with a quiet intensity, which will get right under your skin.

A mysterious cassette-only artist who began putting out material on tape in the late ’80s, although some of it started to appear on CD in the late ’90s. His music is haunting acoustic rock with a sense of whimsy akin to Robyn Hitchcock or Donovan. It’s solid, melodic stuff that would most likely appeal to Hitchcock fans, despite the sparse production. His Bride of the Asylum CD of 1998 put some of his work into slightly larger circulation, in better fidelity.

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