Various Artists — Mark Barton's "The Sunday Experience"
(Bearsuit BS047, 2020, CD / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-01-09
Mark Barton, a UK music reviewer, spent over two decades championing independent music, writing tirelessly about often under-appreciated independent releases with wit and a voracious appetite and passion for music. After a long battle with lung cancer, Mark passed away in April 2020. As a celebration of his life and work, Bearsuit Records planned a compilation album of artists Mark encouraged over the years as a gift to Mark. But things did not go as planned, as Mark unfortunately passed before the album was ready for release. So today the album Mark Barton’s “The Sunday Experience” is a charity album with the proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. The CD version contains 18 tracks, whereas the Bandcamp download is a whopping 42 tracks for over three hours of music. Some of the artists on this compilation are familiar to Exposé (The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, Moon Duo, Schizo Fun Addict, and Sendelica), some others I have heard of (Godflesh, Yellow 6, and The Bordellos), but remainder (e.g. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Lovely Eggs, JD Meatyard, John 3:16, and Needle into a Bug to name a few) are completely unknown. There is quite a variety of styles on this compilation: drone psych, 60s psych, indie rock, neo-psych, harsh post punk, heavily processed experimental, trance psych jams, noisy garage rock, etc. As typical of most compilations there are a few clunkers such as Kiran Leonard’s “Pink Fruit” (presented in two forms, a short song and the extended 16 minute full version that has a fuller sound) and “Gorgeous Day” by The Cleaners from Venus. It would be tedious for me to write about each song and for you to read it all. Suffice it to say, that if you love independent music, there will be several tracks on this compilation that will strike your fancy. And you may even find yourself enjoying the full three hours and not notice the passage of time.
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