What does it speak of Wyatt's paternal stature in the UK prog/ art-rock scene to have Brian Eno in his employ only as a backup singer on "Heaps of Sheep"? Or for asking free music master Evan Parker to honk a dizzying soprano sax solo on the already off-kilter "The Duchess"? Throughout his sixth solo album, Shleep, Wyatt has guitarists from Roxy Music and the Jam at his disposal, each and every gent gratefully repaying their debt to Wyatt by adding gossamer leads and discreet layers to the man's ambient washes and pensive songcraft. The culminating effect is equal parts whimsy and wistfulness, mirroring the subconscious as well as the stream-of-consciousness (see his "Blues in Bob Minor"). As dreamy as such a name would suggest for that sleep-walking state.
By Andy Beta on 06.11.13 in Collections
In most other cultures, the beard is a sign of maturity, wisdom, an indicator of "yang" energy; but in America, the bearded are pushed to the fringe, to the brambled outskirts of a well-groomed, highly manicured society....
By Kevin Whitehead on 01.16.09 in Spotlights
It wasn't easy, being the interracial Blue Notes in 1963 apartheid South Africa: a black horns-and-rhythm combo with a white pianist/music director, Chris McGregor. They skipped out of Cape Town the following year: went...
By Kenneth Partridge on 08.04.14 in Features
Frontman Dale Barclay talks about his band's after-hours punk, and why he's surprised anyone cares about it.
By Zach Kelly on 07.17.14 in Reviews
If the full-length debut from unhinged Glaswegian post-punk trio the Amazing Snakeheads sounds unnervingly capable of inciting volatile behavior, it's probably because it is. Before the record even got a chance to see re...