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|1. Koeeaddi There|
|2. The Minotaur's Song|
|3. Witches Hat|
|4. A Very Cellular Song|
|5. Mercy I Cry City|
|6. Waltz of the New Moon|
|7. The Water Song|
|8. There Is A Green Crown|
|9. Swift As the Wind|
The opening track 'Koeeoaddi There' encapsulates all of these qualities. Williamson tells an evocative tale of childhood, backed with melodic, inventive chord and tempo changes. 'The Minotour's Song' is a startling contrast of music hall and greek mtyhological lyrics, highlighting the ISB's influences. 'Witch's Hat' has a beautiful folk melody, again the song structure packed with incident. Mike Heron's 'A Very Cellular Song' begins as an old gospel hymn before it travels the world in its wonderful array of instruments, an early bridge between western music and world music in general. Heron's Dylanesque 'Mercy I Cry City' is a poetic rant against the unnatural prison of the urban landscape. 'Waltz Of The New Moon' harks back again to the Romantic poets in its ode to the wonders of the natural landscape. Here the harp sound is at once lilting and glorious. Like 'A Very Cellular Song', 'The Water Song' sings a hymn to the evolutionary power of the natural world using strange and unusual instruments to create the onomatopoeic sounds of water. The most Eastern-tinged of the tracks on the album is 'There Is A Green Crown' telling another tale of natural wonder that I can't help thinking would be frowned upon and scorned in today's irony-laden culture. On 'Swift As The Wind' Heron tells of how the grown-ups around him tried to make him give up his childhood imagination, something that has obviously remained with him throughout his musical career.
Williamson's 'Nightfall' closes this adorable album mixing Eastern sounds with the American south, prefiguring Ry Cooder by a number of years.
Now, what about that for an album with lyrics like "If I were a witch's hat, sitting on her head like a paraffin stove" and "I hear that the Emperor of China used to wear iron shoes with ease;We are the tablecloth, and also the table;also the fable of the dancing leaves"?
Just goes to show we baby-boomers had a damn sight more musical appreciation sense than we've been given credit for! This is, granted, the most mysterious, wordy, other-wordly of the Incredibles albums, but it NEVER loses its' way musically, even in the key and tempo changes abounding in Williamson's opening Keoaddii There or Heron's 12 minute A very Cellular song, which, over 15 years on, Talking Heads adopted as a concert closer-now you know David Byrne was no fool either.
The best bit about this is you don't need to be any of these things to enjoy this-stoned/hippy/old/living dead. It probably goes without saying that the duo's instumentational abilities are great on any of their first 4 albums-this being the 3rd-but here the sheer variety of what they play and what they get out of those instruments defies belief. You could almost listen to the album for that alone, or for the poetry of the lyrics.
Better still, buy it & do both together-you'll be unlikely to have a richer musical experience, unless you've got a Mozart-like prodigy in your sprogs, or nieces/nephews! As I'm not selling it, I can't offer you your money back if disappointed, but I can guarantee you won't be!!!