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

Thurston Hunger   3/7/2015   A Library, CD

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

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