Posts Tagged ‘Acid Folk’

A Séance at Syd’s is an Anthology of Modern Acid-Folk-Haunt-Psych-Prog-Space-Kraut-Radiophonic-Rock Etcetera Quotes features over thirty of today’s leading figures in the world of… well, Modern Acid-Folk-Haunt-Psych-Prog-Space-Kraut-Radiophonic-Rock.

A collection of words, with and wisdom from some eighty different bands, performers, artists and label heads, heralds of and spokesmen of the sprawling mass of musical notions that have made this decade so unexpectedly enthralling
Forget all the doom and gloom that surrounds the music industry of today; forget the epitaphs that are written almost every day; and forget the widespread insistence that we’ve never had it so bad. Behind all those words, the modern music scene is actually pretty darned healthy.
No longer the Anglo-American hegemony that once held all the cards, contemporary music now drip feeds its sonics from every corner of the globe. This book interviews musicians from Portugal, France, Germany, Finland, Spain, Italy and Sweden,releasing their music in a variety of formats and across a wealth of platforms.
Once, the major labels held all-consuming sway, swatting aside any upstart indies that might challenge their dominance as though they were less than gnats. Today, it’s the majors who are the endangered species, as bands prove they don’t even need record labels any more.

Self releasing through Bandcamp, spotlighting on the Active Listener, financing via Kickstarter… those three sites (and they are by no means alone) could keep you discovering new music for the rest of your life.

The 300 page hardback edition containing two CDs that soundtrack the book with tracks Limited edition (100 copies) of Dave Thompson’s A Séance at Syd’s. 8-inch x 8-inch hardback book, matte laminated, 286 pages, two CDs plus bonus downloads.

Released 11 July 2015


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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