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    Oberon – “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” – [Guerssen]

    Holy hippies Batman, and not those sex-starved, mud
    grubbin’ US ones, but the fairer than my fair old
    lady, UK ones! Huzzah, and I say that without a hint
    of bosomy renaissance fest jestering. 1971, fans of
    Pentangle and Fairport Convention, convene in their
    own serene way. Acoustic guitars chilled like an
    import wine, flute percolating at times when the
    voices don’t quite elevate you (manly choirs on
    “The Hunt”, which then leads into a foxy violin
    chase). That song, and indeed many, often come to
    a gathering stop, a pause, where you want more
    and the band knows you want more, but they make
    you wait, smell the damn flowers for a bit. Two
    covers (although many songs feel like traditional
    numbers extrapolated, #1 is and #5 will get you
    Gerswhinging). Charlie Seaward’s flute on “Syrinx”
    definitely fancies the Dream fairies of the bands
    name. Jan Scrimgeour is the lone female singer,
    but all sing pretty like. Was Hugh Lupton their
    muse or roundabout the other way, Lupton synching
    lyrics to the floral pastoral sounds. Ah the bass
    line on “Minas Titith” brambles on that tree of
    life. A band much more delicate than psych, and
    a very devoted and detailed repackaging. Good
    sounds for winters to contemplate their spring.
    Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 7, 2015 at 2:50 pm
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