Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Heron - s/t (1970)

A beautiful, pastoral, breezy affair. This is the first album by these English folkies, whose penchant for recording their albums in country fields lent their songs a gentle earthiness. In the empty space between the time when one track ends and the next begins, you can hear the sound of birds chirping softly in the background. If this sounds too New Age for you, trust me, it isn't. Their music is never cheesy, hokey, or pedantic. Instead, what you get is a warm blend of stringed instruments and vocal harmonies. If you've ever tried to nurse a hangover with a healthy dose of James Taylor (and I have), then you might have an idea of the way this music feels. It wraps itself around you like a blanket of comfortable nostalgia. It doesn't matter if you've never heard the lovely opener, "Yellow Roses". It is the kind of music that sounds instantly familiar, pleasant, and tinged with just the right amount of melancholy. Highly recommended.


Stream "Yellow Roses"

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