Sunday, June 22, 2008

Joe Byrd & The Field Hippies - Kalyani

Of all the thousands upon thousands of records, tapes, cds and mp3s I've listened to over the last 40 years or so, this one I completely missed. I've never even heard of it. Thanks to UT friendly John Salisbury for sharing.



Fan visualization

This track comes from the 1969 album The American Metaphysical Circus an apparent classic that has the rare distinction of staying in print for nearly 20 years and the even rarer distinction of being a relatively well-known underground record that I totally slept on. I mean, come on, the album has its own MySpace page!

I'm more partial to the instrumental, eastern-influenced ambience of psychedelia over the jangly guitar, vocal harmony variety, and that is totally me. When I heard the instrumentals on The White Album and Dark Side of the Moon, I always wanted to hear an entire record of just that, no vocals, no verse, verse, chorus, I was tired of that all the time. Then I found Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and side 2 of David Bowie's Heroes and I was well on my way to Eno and from there, the whole wide world of instrumental electronic music.

It's always nice to find or be turned on to obscure music of any kind, so feel free, any of you, to send links to your favorites.

5 comments:

john salisbury said...

Well don't order American Metaphysical Circus thinking it all sounds like Kalyani. It's mostly quite-dated 60s rock, I'd compare it to Moby Grape . . .

John M. said...

I know, I listened to what was on the MySpace page. That's one reason I made the differentiation between psychedelic guitar rock and more ambient instrumentals.

John M. said...

guess I did a poor job of making that clear

john salisbury said...

Asmus Tietchens?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He5XvxTEX-U

John M. said...

Finally caught up with this one. I've heard of this guy, but not a lot. I remember hearing mention on WRPI, one of the great college radio stations on the planet, but I can't recall the music. That station turned me on to a lot of music.

Kinda creepy video, reminiscent of Eraserhead in some way.