Exposé Online banner

Flamborough Head — Tales of Imperfection
(Cyclops CYCL 152, 2005, CD)

by Mac Beaulieu, Published 2006-05-01

Tales of Imperfection Cover art

Flamborough Head’s latest offering is about one woman’s physical imperfection, and the loneliness and isolation she experiences as a result of it. Lyrically it’s direct and to the point, and can be rather depressing. My first few listens found me ignoring the story as a somewhat unappealing distraction, but it isn’t hard to empathize with “Maureen” as her plight is sadly common. Early on we see she realizes that others may not be reacting to their looks as she does, which begs the question “why?” Can considered attention and guidance from perceptive parents mitigate similar psychological torment in the future? Pointed lyrics along with parenting a young girl helped bring the story home, begging me to ask questions and find solutions in the event that she finds herself in similar circumstance. What saves this from being a one-dimensional fest of self-pity is the fact that the story is told in the first, second, and third persons, and also the music itself: it’s melodically fulfilling and surprisingly varied emotionally, even uplifting at brief times. Eddie Mulder’s musical guitar leads are simple and well suited to lend sympathy to the event, particularly when tastefully supported by Edo Spanninga’s Mellotron. Three instrumentals are included effectively as lengthy intros and segues, featuring the full yet relatively soft sound palette of guitar/keys/bass/drums, along with vocalist Margriet Boomsma’s flute and recorder. Musically it’s a likely no-brainer for neo fans. It also succeeds conceptually, since it turned my initial lack of interest into concerned thoughts and questions.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Flamborough Head

Latest news

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark, Blueberry Boat, Rehearsing My Choir, EP, & Bitter Tea – A circus medley of distinct musical apparitions like a non-nasal Holy Modal Rounders of the twenty-first century with equal parts Jonathan Richman, The Velvet Underground, and Grease! Hey, Rizzo! ...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues