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You'll love the hunting horns
on 13 April 2010
This is one of my all-time favourite albums.
There is not a dud track anywhere. The band are driven by two powerful voices - singer songwriter Martin Cockerham who delivers a socialist/pacifist message with more wit and clarity than most left-wing speakers I've ever heard - and the beautifully haunting angelic Barbara Gaskin. The CD cover describes her voice as "mellifluous" - a word I always understood to be negative , if not pejorative ( sickly sweet ! ). Her voice is gorgeous.
Julian Cusack contributes masterfully in a classical style. Whereas Swarbs , you knew , was playing a fiddle - Julian is never anything but a violinist. But both he and Swarbs are equally incomparable , in the other sense. I think Julian wrote only one one recorded song with the band but his "Time Will Time" is the best song Spirogyra ever recorded. It includes a line which is crazy as a lyric : "They'll all be scientists, humanists, egalitarian, vegetarian, internationalists" - I think he's Orwellian influenced but I'm not sure. But the song is brilliant.
This is avant-garde acid folk at it's very best from circa 1970. The final track is an outrageously arranged traditional country squire/peasant maid themed piece of wild abandon. Hunting horns are used wonderfully and pointedly at one point - you'll love this bit.
I wish I didn't know this album so I could listen to it for the first time.