Sunday, January 13, 2008

Old Salty: An underated genius

It is only in the last few months that I have discovered the genius of Robert Wyatt.
Having played as drummer/singer in the seminal psych-rock 60s group 'Soft Machine',
Wyatt later went onto record some amazing albums, blending the beautiful melodic styling of Brian Wilson, and Van-Dyke Parks, with Syd Barrett-esque eccentricities.
Probably most famous for his haunting rendition of Elvis Costello's 'Shipbuilding' from the early eighties, he is one of those artists that only get better with age.
His latest album 'Comicopera' is possibly his finest work since 1974s 'Rock Bottom' and utilizes the diverse talent of Brian Eno, Paul Weller and Phil Manzanerra without letting any of there distinct personalities overtake Wyatts grand aural scheme.
If you are fan of avant-pop and looking for something completely new and original to add to your music collection, grab yourself a copy of 'Comicopera'.

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