Wlud — Carrycroch'
(Musea FGBG 4166.AR, 1978/1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-08-01
After finally hearing this album it became clear why there was so much fuss and commotion about its reissue. Carrycroch' is the self-produced debut album by this instrumental quartet from northeastern France; only a thousand of the original LPs were made, having since attained legendary status – a well deserved one might add. The lineup of guitar / keyboards / bass / drums delivers an original and highly melodic keyboard driven sound with an aggressive bluesy guitar edge, with some tasty jazz-rock licks thrown into the mix of styles. Hard to pin down, any apparent influences are often momentary and fleeting, sometimes hinting of bands nearly a decade before. If comparisons are necessary, one might put Wlud's sound somewhere between early Camel (the melodic approach and compositional style) and early Santana (the soaring guitars and jazzy / bluesy elements). Tracks are long, and the compositions cover a lot of progressive territory. Musea has wisely chosen to remix the original tapes (though this writer complained loudly when they did the same to Neuschwanstein), and as a result, the sound quality is quite good. This is certainly one of the better 'lost French obscurities' that Musea has resurrected in recent years.
Related artist(s): Wlud
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more