Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Limelight 1968

01. Hurdy Gurdy Man
02. Hex
03. Up Into Silence
04. The Time Has Come For Silence
05. Along Came Sam
06. The Sound Of Silence
07. Spleen
08. Mixolydian Mode (From The Microcosmos, Book II)

I came to this intrigued to hear a version of Donovan's 'Hurdy Gurdy Man'. That didn't disappoint. What I wasn't prepared for was forty minutes of prime avant garde psychedelic jazz. A total trip.


Creepy Powers 2011

01. The Folklords - Jennifer Lee
02. Steeleye Span - One Night As I Lay In My Bed
03. Asteriadh - Paei Ki Auth Kuriakh
04. Carol Kleyn - Street Song
05. Unknown - Reflections
06. These Trails - Of Broken Links
07. Breakout - Powiedzielismy Juz Wszystko
08. The Trees - Psalm 45
09. Comus - In the Lost Queen's Eyes
10. Tim Hollier - Evening Song
11. Aphrodites Child - The Wedding Of The Lamb
12. Aphrodites Child - The Capture Of The Beast
13. Adagio - All Around
14. Extradition - I Feel the Sun

With the Esoterica Britannica series coming to an end, we set off with another series. 'In the Lost Queens Eyes' is a five part various artists compilation, delving even further into the outer realms and lost woods of psych folk.

This series comes to us courtesy of Creepy Powers, a wonderful (although sadly on hiatus) music blog which has served me some excellent rare cuts and inspiration.

The series will see the year out, so sit back and and listen to the woods.

Psychfolk is a nine letter word!


Hallejuah 1971

01. Black Sand
02. Places of Light
03. Brain Ticket (Part One)
04. Brain Ticket (Part One - Conclusion)
05. Brain Ticket (Part Two)

Dug this out recently...a few of you will know this, some will not. Early and obscure(ish) European mixed Krautrock. The band made a few decent albums, but the title tracks side long trip is the real deal. Check it out.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


St Germain Des Pres 1971

01. Chambre Anachronique
02. Nouvelles Planètes
03. Appel Spatial
04. Moduule Lunaire
05. Capsule en Panne
06. Forme Planétaire
07. Gare Spatiale
08. Extra-Terrestre
09. Limite Extrême
10. Nébuleuses
11. Bande Radioactive

Its nice to see an artist get the reissue treatment they deserve. Cinedelic have recently released 'Biologia Animale E Vegetale'. Hopefully a series will reveal its self soon.

In the meantime, here's 'Futurissimo' from 1971. If you're unfamiliar, check out previous posts.

Otherwise go straight to the best avant garde, sound collage, improvised library music via comments.


01. Trembling Bells - Killing Time in London Fields
02. The Gentle Waves - Hangman in the Shadow
03. Flying Saucer Attack - Sally Free and Easy
04. Cath & Phil Tyler - Wether's Skin
05. PJ Harvey - The Devil
06. Aphex Twin - Z Twig
07. Movietone - Sun Drawing
08. James Blackshaw - O True Believers
09. Portishead - Machine Gun
10. Bert Jansch - The Wheel
11. Richard Dawson - Judas Iscariot
12. Slowdive - When the Sun Hits
13. Michael Head & The Strands - Queen Matilda
14. Shirley Collins & Albion Country Band
15. Arab Strap - The First Big Weekend
16. Bill Fay - Omega Day
17. Anne Briggs - The Recruited Collier

The eighth and final volume of Esoterica Britannica, this time curated by Marc Gillen.

The series has proved to be surprisingly popular, thanks to everyone that listened or commented. There will be a new series next month.


Treehouse Orchestra Recordings TOR53. 2016.

01. You Can't Take It Back
02. No One Belongs Here More Than You
03. Down Terrace
04. Driven To Dust

The curator of the final Esoterica Britannica is Marc Gillen and this is the latest release by him. I engineered and play on the songs with other TOR members Jill and David helping out. My Wooden Houses partner Al mixed and produced.

I include it because it starts off loner downer folk with field recordings into downer psych. Taking in the Manson Family Jams, sound collage and psych folk. Heavy downer vibe with stoner leanings.

Recorded throughout June and July during sunny evenings.

Follow the Bandcamp link for a free download.

Monday, 27 June 2016


Pure Freude 1982

01. Mister Schmidt
02. Machine Dance II
03. Comment: Brain
04. Alone
05. Comment: Commercial
06. Spanish Drive
07. Comment: Axe
08. End Of A Party
09. Comment: Influence
10. Under The Surface
11. Comment: Cheers
12. Only You One
13. Comment: Art
14. Comment: Finger
15. Shall I Get You More
16. Comment: God
17. A Radio Beam
18. Comment: Hands
19. Machine Dance I
20. Howdoyoudooright
21. Comment: Musician
22. The Can Telefon Jingle
23. Only You Two
24. The Master And The Needle
25. Rose
26. Comment: Next LP
27. Harry: The Thief

Shockingly rare Can now. Originally released in 1982 by Pure Freude on cassette and also as a limited edition tin can containing several tape reels. That was limited to 100 copies.

This was recorded at Inner Space in 1976, but it's not classic Can; this is avant garde collage. Studio chatter, noise, things being hit...the sound of Can pottering in their studio.

A nice re-issue appeared on the Sub Sonum label in 2007. That edition was also limited to 100 copies.