Since we haven’t been able to get together and dance over the last year or so, the classic 4 to the floor, house and disco bag got thrown to one side and other sides of the record collection seemed to jump out and want to make themselves know on a more intimate level.
Stuff you sometimes buy on a whim, play and then file away seemed to be where my interest was heading musically over the last 12 months. I found myself wanting to bulk out the side of my collection that I don’t often play to anyone else in fear of being annihilated and ousted from the musical community I’ve found myself apart of over the last 20 years or so.
I found myself searching out the more obscure, less well known artists and styles, those odd privately pressed records that don’t have soundclips on the internet and leave you wondering and searching tirelessly in an attempt to uncover that something unique that your peers have never heard and would be totally blown away by.
Being a fan of the Balearic sound has always allowed for a left-field leaning musically, but this has become even more so the case in the last 12 months due to having quite a bit of spare time on my hands to dive a little deeper into those musical worm holes.
Discovering new dimensions in music in 2021 has become one hell of a pass time for me and has blown open the boundaries more than ever before. Whether it be that odd synthed out gospel track hidden on that Ginny Ambrose L.P you thought you’d never play anywhere but didn’t quite want to hand back to the chazza shop, that Banjo Raga on the Woody Simmons L.P that you couldn’t quite crowbar into a mix anywhere, that super soulful Hymn on the Adventure / Unlimited - Summer Echos L.P or the super infectious country funk of Boyer and Talton’s - Love 40, it all became relevant in 2020 / 2021 as part of the ever growing search for musical meaning and an attempt to connect the DNA of Soul & Country, Jazz & Folk or Psychedelic Americana and Gospel.
Musically 2020 & 2021 most certainly have a silver lining, I think Ive connected with one of the things I love most on a much deeper level. The collection now seems to have a depth to it that previously was missing. I feel Im maturing as a music lover & consumer and that can only be for the better.
Ginny Ambrose Bridle - The Treasure (No Soundclips, Ill Upload to YouTube Soon)
Woody Simmons - Banjo Raga
Adventure / Unlimited - Rainy Day Blues
Boyer & Talton - Love 40
More of this to follow in the thread as we go: Folk, Jazz, Soul, Acoustic, Organic, Spiritual, New Age, Country, Gospel, Americana, Canadiana.