I start this week with this psych wyrd folk epic from Raising Holy Sparks, the solo project of David Colohan of the United Bible Studies, with a number of notable guests thrown into the mix to add many wondrous flavours to this delicious musical cake.
Escape from New Amsterdam is a brilliant experimental synthpocalyptic concept album by Oxykitten, which is going to take a few more listens for me to absorb and fully appreciate.
Next onto the the work of the late electronic composer Hermione Harvestman, whose legacy is being carefully curated by Sean Breadin aka Sedayne. Prolific and willfully obscure, Harvestman “played the organ (in a small Catholic Church) between 1967 and 1995, regularly featuring one of her sacred ‘Concrete Psalm Tones’ in lieu of organ music during Holy Communion or The Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday. She also composed music for several amateur theatrical productions – the best of which being the starkly evocative & exquisite medieval miniatures she produced for ‘The Durham Pilgrims’ in 1972 which takes its cue from Chaucer. A devout Roman Catholic all of her life (up until her illness and death), Hermione nevertheless incorporated elements of Folklore, Medievalism, Paganism, Astrology, Earth Mysteries and Cosmology into her world view, viewing her compositions in terms of personal devotions to the various aspects of her life, the vast majority of which were never meant for public consumption.”
You can read more about the fascinating life and work of Hermione Harvestman in the profile notes of her Soundcloud page here (which the above quote is taken from), and follow the dedicated blog here, which has extensive notes and quotes about her work. Again, everything is lovingly curated by Sedayne, who knew Hermione from 2003 until her passing in 2012. Huge kudos to him.
Next onto this hearty slice of Swedish psychedelia by Hills, originally released in 2011 and reissued here by Rocket Recordings, who are celebrating their 15th year. Groovy! Also just released on the label is the third album by Teeth of the Sea called Master, which I haven’t listened to yet, but will soon.
Just released on Aetheric Records is this resonant ghost drone EP Imprecate by people-eaters. Best listen to with a decent soundsystem or headphones for full vibronic effect…
Imbedding Mixcloud onto WordPress is still ridiculously convoluted and something I just can’t seem to manage, but there’s a brilliant mix of psychedelic, occult, and acid folk weirdness by Ghost of the Weed Garden here.
It’s also well worth checking out the Ghost of the Weed Garden Blog which has plenty of other mind bending mixes to discover, as well as the occasional other thing such as scans of old paperback covers like these:
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I leave you with I Met the Walrus. Created in 2008, this has been doing the rounds on the internet again, and I thought it would be good to watch it again.
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for ‘New Approaches’ (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).