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Tuesday, July 19, 2005
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Franco Battiato: "Meccanica"

Pugh Rogefeldt: "Har Kommer Natten"

A fella named the Amazing Jaxon put together a mix cd of "non-anglo psych, prog, folk, funk", and posted it up over at ILM. It's a fine compilation, and an act of remarkable kindness to share it with anybody who cares. Some of the songs are by people I've long wanted to hear (Igor Wakhevitch, Tom Ze, Nino Ferrer), but most of these folks are brand new to me. A ton of records have just been added to the bottom of my "to buy" list, dammit.

For those too lazy to click through, here are a couple of my personal faves from Jaxon's comp. Like much of Faust's work, the first few minutes of Franco Battiato's "Meccanica" are an almost unsettling cross between the playful and the ominous. Later on, when the synth bass note, acoustic guitar, repetitive solo, and creepy choral business are in full force, "Meccanica" could be a fragment from some '70's horror film score. The drawn out, mellow ending might be kind of a let-down, but it could also justify interpreting the song as a musical expression of a lunar voyage, if you wanted to take the time to think of some sort of overarching theme for a review. Meanwhile, "Har Kommer Natten", by the Swede Pugh Rogefeldt, is a fuzzy, stumbling little burst of acid-folk that sounds not unlike Dungen.
 
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