Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Mark Barton's "The Sunday Experience"
(Bearsuit BS047, 2020, CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-01-09

Mark Barton's

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.


Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): Moon Duo, Sendelica, Schizo Fun Addict, Various Artists

More info
http://bearsuitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/mark-bartons-the-sunday-experience

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Howe - Skyline – This solo release finds the Yes guitarist in a rather mellow mood, favoring light latin sounds with only sparse percussion. Paul Sutin’s keyboards and percussion provide relatively basic...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues