what a beautiful place
"Produced by legendary jazz pianist Bobby Scott, the album is a pastoral blend of English countryside folk and London orchestral pop, not unlike Bryter Layter..."
Responsible for releasing the stellar Eccentric Soul compilations, Numero Group can do no wrong in our eyes. It amuses/amazes me to some extent that their catalog is mostly ignored by the blogosphere, mainly because what they're doing is as interesting as most current independent music. And while it's not technically "new," Numero Group is uncovering some really groundbreaking and ahead-of-its-time stuff that was mostly ignored or dismissed as "too difficult" when it was originally released.
Their latest unearthed gem is What A Beautiful Place, Catherine Howe's beautiful debut LP, recorded in 1971 (due out Jan. 30). Like similar (in concept, if not so much sonically) records by Vashti Bunyan and Susan Christie, I think it's fascinating to think about how this record would have been received had it seen a proper release in the early '70s. I originally intended to give this the "RIYL Nick Drake or Joni Mitchell" stamp, but upon further review, that wouldn't do it justice; let's just say that the 20-year-old (at the time) Howe benefitted greatly from Bobby Scott's interesting lush and at times over-the-top production.
Catherine Howe It's Not Likely mp3
Read an interesting review of the record here, and then go buy it here.
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