Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Trembling Bells


Following their excellent collaboration with Bonnie Prince Billy on 2012's 'The Marble Downs' and recent live work with Mike Heron of the Incredible String Band, Trembling Bells take the 'Rock' element of their 'Folk-Rock' genre-classification, up a notch on their fifth LP, 'The Sovereign Self' - actually, we're talking Psych-Folk-Rock here folks. On 'Killing Time in London Fields', there's perhaps even a hint of Psych-Folk-Kraut-Rock. 'The Sovereign Self' is a heady and engaging brew, which, as with so many of the very best albums, just keeps getting better with repeated plays.

11 comments:

Singing Bear said...

Groovy! Just like 1970 again! Very cool.

The Swede said...

Groovy indeed. Quite 'then', but also very 'now'.

Marie said...

Mr. S,

Just in case you missed my response to your comment on Otis Redding's "whistling", here's the reply I left for you:


I read last night (in Rob Bowman's "Soulsville U.S.A."): "Ironically, though, Steve Cropper recalls that Otis blew the words at the end. 'We had worked out this little fadeout rap he was gonna do, an ad-lib thing. He forgot what it was so he started whistling.'

What you heard in that interview is just as likely though - memory is such a changeable thing, isn't it, depending on when the interviewer asks the question, how many years have passed. (Or if any alcoholic beverages have been consumed?)

The Swede said...

Hi Marie. I checked in over at your place earlier today to see what was new, but found it shuttered. Have you gone again?

charity chic said...

Nice sub genrefication there Swede

Marie said...

Yes, Mr. S. I've shuttered the place. Not enough people showed up, so it's time to put on my thinking cap and come up with something that might be a little more satisfying. The glory days of music blogging aren't coming back.

George said...

Sounds very much prog-like, Swede. Which of course just cannot be a bad thing!

Singing Bear said...

Response to Marie: Give people at bit more time to get over there! I've only just signed up. I think it takes time to 'build'. Besides, even if you only get one or two regulars, it's worth it.

The Swede said...

Marie, it's absolutely your decision of course, but I'd have to agree 100% with Singing Bear. I'd been blogging for a few years before I even received my first comment! As you know I never check my stats, but I just took a quick look and discovered that even now, some of my favourite posts still only receive just a handful of views, though every now and then one gets stumbled upon and the views go through the roof - all very strange. If your blog was public again, at least you too might be stumbled upon occasionally, as it would feature on everyone's sidebars.
Just a few thoughts. I've thoroughly enjoyed the music and stories you've shared. I hope you won't be a stranger.

Marie said...

Mr. S,
Thanks so much for your continued interest in my blog. I can't say that I've made a hasty decision, because I've been through this process many times over the past five years. The only reason that I started to blog in the first place was to share my enthusiasm for the music with other fans, but more importantly for me, it was in the naive hope that visitors would share their reactions to the songs. As you know, less than 1 per cent ever leave even a single comment. I'll see what the next few days bring before I make a decision. I hope you don't view my response to your comment as an attempt to hi-jack the focus of your post.

Marie said...

Mr. Bear,
Thanks for your input. There are reasons for my reaction, but I won't take up any more space here to go into them. For now, it's public and I'll see what happens this week.

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