Sunday, 5 July 2015
The Creatures of Eden. Foxes. Butterflies.Damselflies.Bolan.
Welcome to micro world and the creatures within it. Dragonfly on twig.
In keeping with this post here's a good match. I normally prefer to find modern music people may not have heard before but after reading the "Ride a White Swan" book about Marc Bolan, mentioned in the Arran posts a few weeks back I got all nostalgic. In my early teens I discovered underground cult band Tyrannosaurus Rex. Four wonderful LPs released in the late1960s created a rich world of the imagination filled with visions of Camelot, Tolkien,Celtic mythology, English rural landscape and pagan rituals involving apples. One thing about Bolan's lyrics and music that comes across even today is his unique ability to pick and match words in an unusual fashion and create songs that just feel instantly happy and likable. Subjects and songs are childlike, delicate butterflies yet written with great style and verve. This is the full album but even if you just listen to the first three songs, which are very short, you get a glimpse of the world created within these records. Like musical sunshine pouring into a 14 year old's bedroom, instantly banishing the rows of tenements, gangs and graffiti outside. Exotic stuff and it still sounds like nothing else around. Four full LP's released in 2 years between 1968 and 1970, every song written by Bolan but aided by Steve Took's creative invention with instruments and versatile backing vocals on 3 is good going by anyone's standards. Few artists are this fully formed musically at such a young age. I always thought that David Bowie learned a lot from Marc Bolan who had a full career arc, rise and fall, in front of him before Bowie really hit his stride at staying ahead as a pioneer in the reinvention game.
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