Album Review

Morozov, Yury – “Cherry Garden of Jimi Hendrix” – [Shadoks]

Thurston Hunger   2/16/2015   A Library, CD

Rare Russian re-release, 11 tracks from 1973 with ten bonus
beauties dropped in from ’74-75! PSoviet Psych?!? Definitely a
homegrown studio of mechanical mushroom vibe, lots of guitar
acoustic and electric, but plenty of tape trickery and a
hint of some of his more experimental electonic work to
come. (By the way Yuri died in 2006 at the young age of 57).
My first take on this was a kind of Syd Barrett, Yury clearly
embraces the outside aesthetic (check his quote about the
“narrow corridors” of the temple of music in the nice liners
along with some great shots of his wild-eyed ways. While doing
this on his own, with rough equipment, he found a job at the
big Melodiya studios, which likely affirmed his desire to
make music with rougher and truer edges. Lot’s of singing
styles on here, Yury can sing sweetly or howl and yelp
ya-ya-ya with distortion. Choirs are built perhaps just from
Yury and his wife Nina’s voices at time, on #9 and #17 for
example, the latter a soviet synth to boot. While maybe
poor in instruments (toy piano tinkering, simple flutes are
also sprinkled in) his short songs are often rich with
ideas. Often before they get too catchy, he’ll turn things
off in another direction. There are flavors of the west
(the title refs a Chekhov play with a US guitarist folks
might have heard of). #18 has a hint of “All Along the
Watchtower” but whistling, and gently warped into
something all together differnt. Kak zhal that Yury is
gone, didn’t the Soviet isolation help him flourish in
his independence or put walls up holding him back.
Hell if I know, but this is an excellent discovery.

-Thurston Hungerovich

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