Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)
Oh well, what can I say... I know, the term "masterpiece" should be used scarcely, but in the case of this album I can't help it - it's really the most appropriate description. "The Dandelion Set" is basically Glyn Bush and PK Chown, joined by Alan Moore on some tracks as lyricist and vocalist. The entire album is so damn freaked out that I won't dare to assign it to a predefined genre. I can only conclude that occasional parallels to "Soft Machine" and Frank Zappa are detectable, as well as some trip hop traces. Yeah, can't help it - a masterpiece, for sure!
Favorite track: Another Suburban Romance (Finale).
This is a masterpiece! Progressive-tinged pop - or pop-tinged progressive, who cares? Excellent songs, excellent and often surprisingly sophisticated music and killer arrangements / production. In particular, check out the track 'Another Suburban Romance' and the two following it - a must for Canterbury fans, reminiscent of Blegvad/Greaves' Kew Rhone.
Thanks to all involved!
Favorite track: Another Suburban Romance (Main Title Theme).
When DJ Food of Ninja Tune fame recommends this to you as soon as it's released, you know your onto a good thing. The cosmic sounds of psychedelic electronic prog rock, lounge and a wee bit of space jazz mesh to sound like the illegitimate offspring of a 60's Soft Machine with a touch of 90's Air.
Favorite track: Judy Switched Off The TV.
'A Thousand Strands' is the debut long-player from The Dandelion Set, a new collaboration between Glyn 'Bigga' Bush (Lightning Head, Rockers Hi Fi) and PK Chown (James Beige, Mr Liquorice). The album travels back to their formative years in the mid 1970s, with sleevenotes, lyrics and vocals by cult writer Alan Moore (V For Vendetta, Watchmen) and passes through a cavalcade of musical landmarks en route to the present day.
"Brilliant - what a breath of fresh air"
Karl Hyde, Underworld
“taps into the psyche of William S Burroughs across a noir gouged sonic backdrop" Mark Barton, Losing Today
"with pinpoint accuracy they bounce between strange visions of utopia gone to the dogs and a very unnerving yet calm familiarity" Peter Marks, Santa Sangre Magazine
“A refreshing hybrid of skewed lysergic pop & happily unclassifiable leftfield oddness. Diverse & entertaining, with just the right degree of occasional menace” James Papademetrie, The Séance
“Full of eclecticism & quality underground grooves. I love the whole album, especially Harp Ascend, Comic Flux History" and the jazzy preludes” Enrique Domenech
"Interesting & quirky – Buried Treasure has become a hub for authenticity and substance" Asterion
“Absolutely the best album of 2016 I've received so far”
DJ Kaspar, Portugal
"On the Melodica Radio Show next week - a lovely album"
Chris Coco, Radio Melodica
“Love it. Faves are Judy Switched Off The TV, Tone Garden, Nine Regal, Imogen's People, Another Suburban Romance”
Strictly Kev / DJ Food, Ninja Tune
“Fabulous! Fans of Pram will love it - 60's psych, library music, occasional shades of Anthony Newley, Michael Garrick-esque jazz, analogue synths and echoey, creaking spaces”
Matt Saunders, Assembled Minds
“An amazing, cinematic, cosmic adventure into sound – it’s like daydreaming!” Azaxx, Tru Thoughts
“A corker of an album - imagine Stereolab, Soft Machine and all points in between, including spoken word by Alan Moore!”
Jez Butler, The Twelve Hour Foundation
“Captures the whimsical psychedelia of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, but takes darker turns, leading into sparse, unnerving, dystopian landscapes, then flashes quickly back to more groovy sounds”
Dan – TheLeftHandside
Max Reindhart, The Late Junction - BBC Radio 3, UK
“If this is not a score to a movie yet, it should be! Invoking scenes from the past, present and future” Morning Steppa
“This is REALLY good - awesome release!”
Neil Bopperson, Wah Wah 45s
“a proper album – all killer tracks, the sort you can listen to over and over. 5/5” Alex Cooper, Freezepeach Radio
Robert Lochmann, Radio X, Frankfurt
“Dig it a lot - will play on my weekly show on radio campus Brussels. Top stuff, new & wonderful”
DJ Morpheus / Samy Birnbach
“A proper album – all killer, the sort you can listen to over & over. 5/5”
Alex Cooper, Freezepeach Radio (UK)
“Great! Hard to believe it was recorded in the present day - really captures the sound from eras past”
Jason Pulaski - KUCI, Ubiquity, USA
supported by 63 fans who also own “A THOUSAND STRANDS”
Being a child in the 70s and early 80s had a certain spookiness to it. Spirits seemed more readily available. I recall a homesickness which would haunt me even then, as if I were from another place entirely. Life's a mystery which childhood makes even worse, so let us revisit it in all its haunting creepiness.
Who are the "pocket pavilions"? I can find nothing more other than this one song, and it's a very good tune I really enjoy. Apocalypse Devotee
supported by 58 fans who also own “A THOUSAND STRANDS”
REALLY wish I'd subscribed sooner to be able to enjoy this on vinyl! Curious the artist cited 12 Monkeys and not La Jetee as one of the key inspirations. For me, this has a more somber, introspective and timeless feel more akin to La Jetee than 12 Monkeys (though I also am a big fan of Terry Gilliam). Gorgeous music and you get the bonus of a list of excellent movies to enjoy (another note to the artist: Time Crimes is also a good film to watch). Now to somehow procure a vinyl copy... Anthony Childs