Monday, August 27, 2007

Plush - Fed (US lost ork-pop masterpiece 2004)

Chicagoan Liam Hayes has been performing as Plush since the early 90’s, beginning in 1994 with the near-perfect single ‘Three-Quarters Blind Eyes” b/w “Found a Little Baby”. Four years later a full-length consisting mostly of piano ballads, More You Becomes You, was released. For the follow-up, Fed, Liam went over the top, running up a huge studio bill with massive arrangements and LA session players. Unfortunately, this pushed the cost for the release rights far too high for any US independent label to pick up making it one of the great lost albums of our time. Fed was eventually released only in Japan on the After Hours label and may currently be out of print. Hayes still hopes to see Fed released in the US one day. Meanwhile, Drag City released the cassette demos in 2004 as Underfed, an interesting contrast to the original album that stands up pretty well on it’s own in some spots.

Fans of Burt Bacharach or Jimmy Webb should not pass this one up.

Plush - Fed

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Exuma (US voodoo/psych/folk/soul 1970 - 1972)

It’s extremely difficult to describe the sound of Exuma. This article from Perfect Sound Forever explains it all far better than I could. After reading it check out his first four albums here.

Exuma (part one)
Exuma (part two)