Friday 30 May 2008

SYNANTHESIA - Same ( UK acid folk - 1969 )

Another unknown masterpiece of psychedelic Folk.

Synanthesia are 2 singer songwriters, Dennis Homes and Leslie Cook, who between them play acc.nylon & steel gtrs, vibes, violin, mandolin and bongos (the only percussion you get here) and a 3rd man, Jim Fraser who is a very capable alto/sop sax, oboe & various flutes player.

Synanthesia existed for a year and a half at the tail end of the '60s, released one impossible-to-find LP, then sank without a trace. Pity, as the ground they trod on this reissue was fairly fresh at the time, and still resonates with lysergic psych-folk abandon. Wispy, faerie-prince style lyrics are framed properly against acoustic guitar, sax, bass flute, vibraphone and percussion, in a dynamic mix of melody and dissonance, breaking some boundaries of form for the genre and adhering closely to others. Inspired and lush, this is one of the finer titles to spring up from the new Sunbeam label and should appeal to most latter-day folk/psych/drug music enthusiasts.

Try it, you won't regret !!!

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i'm new to this type of music - Psych-Folk, I like more aggressive/advance ones, preferably with organ, wah wah, and weird sounds. I'm glad to have come across your blog by chance and i'm learning a lot of rare classic here. many thanks !!!!