[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.

Triangle

Triangle

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%)

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