[69] The Beau Brummels – Triangle

1 Aug

Despite being from identical era, it is jarring to hear Triangle after weeks of singing along to familiar words and melodies of The Beatles.



The issue in part is the my utter unfamiliarity with these dozen tracks, but it is more than this – The Beau Brummels appear to be parsing a British Invasion sound at exactly the moment that The Beatles were busy leaving it behind.

It takes  listening through the album a time or two, flailing about looking for something to grasp hold of, before I notice the guitars.  Then suddenly my ear has an anchor.

The acoustic guitars manage that wonderful oxymoronic effect of laid-back hecticness, morphing a bluegrass sound with a rock sensibility, flurries of clean notes seemingly always on the edge of whirling out of control.

The lyrics don’t do a whole lot for me, but now that I am focused on the guitar, I can pick out the clever interweaving of other instruments into the mix – both the expected but still impressive percussive flourishes and the more intricate orchestral scoring of horn and string.

It is a strange merging of folk and blues, classical and rock, even some jazz phrasing.  The early psychadelia that emerges is not the favorite sound I’ve ever encountered, but it is undeniably fascinating.

In all, I’m not certain I’ve ever heard anything quite like Triangle which – along with the fact that the whole thing is less than a half hour long – might be reason enough to Recommend hearing it before you die.

Next Week:  Sidney Bechet – Ken Burns Jazz

Owned before blogging? No. (9 of 69 = 13%)
Heard before blogging? Yes. (11 of 69 = 16%)
Recommend? Yes. (56 of 69 = 81%)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


podcasts for the musically obsessed


Days in the life


My rants, outbursts and musings.

Every number one

Journey through all the songs that topped the charts

musicophilesblog - From Keith Jarrett to Johannes Brahms

Writing About and Reviewing Classical Music and Jazz

Leaves of Logan

Rants, reviews, rambles and a whole lot of books

Punk Rock Reviews

Reviewing Music

Team Distraction

Dicemasters Strategy

Good Music Speaks

A music blog written by Rich Brown

Kenza Moller

writing | editing | marketing

The Delinquent Diplomat

The Diplomacy Player's Blog Of Choice

Sampling Station

Tasty tunes, laughs, TV + film

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

%d bloggers like this: