New Music – Occasionally David

Every now and then I get sent music by bands and individuals who’ve enjoyed the books (let me point out now that this is a *good* thing. I like free things, and I like music).

I recently received a CD from Occasionally David, a band that has been circling the UK music scene since the 70s, heavily rooted in English psychedelia. The core of the band is Clive Whitelock and Ray Bate, who first met in ’69. Influential British DJ John Peel championed them in 1980 when they released a single, I Can’t Get Used to Losing You (so I’m Coming back).

They sent me Forever Changes, their psychedelic/garage version of Love’s classic sixties album, which was previously only available on limited edition cassette in 1987. And excellent it is too, a lopsided, particularly English take on Love’s material, quirky, trippy and powerful.

As an aside, psychedelia and garage is an area I’m particularly interested in – though I pretty much listen to every genre – and anyone who’s read Jack of Ravens and Wonderland knows of my debt to Love.

You can hear more of Occasionally David’s stuff at their MySpace page.

And any artists reading this, send me something and if I like it I’ll give it a mention. I listen to *a lot* of music, particularly when I’m working, and I’m always on the look-out for something new.

Elric – The Heavy Metal Years

For all you sword and sorcery fans, here’s some rare footage of fantasy great Michael Moorcock joining space cadets Hawkwind to intone his Elric poem/lyrics on stage.

Moorcock was a part of Hawkwind for several years, and the band’s Chronicle of the Black Sword album was heavily influenced by his work. Cherry Red records recently secured the rights to release all of Hawkwind’s material, which had been unavailable for many years. More details at the Cherry Red site.

Age Of Misrule – The Soundtrack

Check out Alex Roberts,who’s been gigging across the UK like crazy in recent months. He’s a guitarist, with a style that crosses lots of boundaries – folk, blues, baroque, with echoes of Nick Drake among others – and in-between his musical inspirations you’ll also find Age of Misrule.

I came across his track Court of the Yearning Heart a couple of months back and liked it immensely. For those interested in the myth/music crossover, have a listen to his second album, By the Ley, which also features a bonus track referencing Black Shuck.

You can listen to Court of the Yearning Heart on his site, above, or go to his MySpace page, where you can also find the latest gig information. I notice he’s playing the Tintagel Arms in Tintagel, Cornwall, on December 19, which is remarkably fitting and sounds like a great solstice celebration.

He’s also got some really interesting experimental electronica at www.myspace.com/aethertalk.

Age of Misrule has inspired a few musicians now, and it’s always a rush to hear how the stories can, in a spiral dance-y fashion, spark off another creator’s work.