Exposé Online banner

Alison Faith Levy & Mushroom — Yesterday I Saw You Kissing Tiny Flowers
(4Zero FZ003, 2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Yesterday I Saw You Kissing Tiny Flowers Cover art

For this limited edition release on the British 4Zero label, San Francisco Bay Area improv-trippers Mushroom have joined forces with the soulful and seductive voice of singer Alison Faith Levy. It’s a match made in heaven, as Levy fits right into the Mushroom ethos, a spirited jazz-meets-groove improvisational attack heavily informed by the more progressive rock styles of the late 60s and early 70s. Seven of the eight tracks are Mushroom originals with Levy contributing the lyrics, mostly mid-length pieces, although “Josh Pollock” (handily named for the University of Errors guitarist who was a member of the band at that time) clocks in at 11 minutes, and “Kraut Mask Replica” at 23 minutes both offer plenty of room for the players and vocalist to stretch out. The material here was recorded in various studio and live settings over the last five years (about 50/50 live and studio), with various incarnations of Mushroom – whose lineup seems to change for nearly every recording. As such, it varies somewhat in recording quality, though most of the eight pieces sound great (the only cover, of Bowie’s “The Sun Machine Is Coming Down and We’re Gonna Have a Party” is the most bootleggy, and has rightfully been placed at the very end like a bonus track). Levy adds a lot to Mushroom’s mix, and one can only hope that they will collaborate more in the future.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Alison Faith Levy, Mushroom

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

RandomK(e) - Waiting – It's probably most accurate to call RandomK(e) a Beijing-based band than a Chinese one, as all the members are foreigners living there. Since their start in 2004, the foursome has been one of the acts...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues