What does it sound like?:
English Weather is another in a long line of compliations put out by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs of St Etienne fame. Set in the hinterland of the late 60s/early 70s,when Psych hadn’t mutated into Prog and Glam wasn’t even a thing EW is a thing of great beauty.
These artists have accepted that the promise of the sixties has fizzled out and the new decade doesn’t hold nearly as much hope as the outgoing one did. So with heads down and mellotrons turned up they set about making melancholy beautiful sounds.
Some of the people on here are very well known (Caravan, Van Der Graff Generator, John Cale, Camel.) But as usual the least known are perhaps the most interesting.
Orange Bicycle are riding the ‘Last Cloud Home’ a sad wistful goodbye to a new start for the world. Bella Gonzalez has ‘Bottles’ for everyday and even counts them in her sleep, with dramatic strings and a rare female voice on the album it is a fantastic track. Aardvark are lonely but think it’s ‘Very Nice for You to Call’, this is the Jazziest track and best on the album.
What does it all *mean*?
The Stanley/Wiggs comps are all worth a listen but this is their best, a melancholy record of an interesting time in British music. Groups disappointed that the sixties fell apart but determined to carry on and find a new way. Highly recommended.
Goes well with…
Staring out of the window on a grey drizzly day dreaming of the Spring
Might suit people who like…
Melancholy and Mellotrons