This young and extremely eminent trio continue to mix the energy of rock with the freedom of jazz in the most exciting and exhilirating ways.
UK magazine Jazzwise called their previous album insanely good and likened them to Jeff Beck being backed by Elvin Jones.
Jitterbug is even better, the trio having matured through a number of live dates. It's possible to find several references in their music, but quite difficult to name other groups that they actually sound like. In our catalogue they are probably closest to Scorch Trio and Elephant9.
Otherwise, if you dig Jimi Hendrix, Red period King Crimson, Earth and heavy electric jazz it's very likely that you will find plenty to dig into here as well. Needless to say, we highly recommend this great album.
Guest on two tracks with his magic Hammond organ: Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, Elephant9, Humcrush)
1. Always In Motion The Future Is
2. Kill Your Jitterbug Darlings
3. While My Guitar Gently Breaks
4. Too Old To Die Young
5. Wind And Fire
6. Professor Chaos
7. Damage Case (Happy Go Lucky Karaoke Version)
8. Personal Poltergeist
9. Waltz For My Good Man
‘Elephantasia’ is a glorious folk opus from 1972, long lost and attaining a legendary reputation for its candour and creativity, from the late Bangor-born singer/songwriter Dave Evans. Finally, the LP sees the light of day again via Earth Recordings, it is a true gem from the vaults of British folk history. For fans of Nick Drake, Bill Fay and Davy Graham – with a touch of Michael Chapman, Bert Jansch and Fahey for good measure.
Dave Evans’ story is like a Pinter play; he sailed the seas in the merchant navy, was taught guitar in a brief interlude by the “mythical” Morocco John, wound up sharing a room with Steve Tilston in 1963 when they attended Loughborough Art College and ran the local folk club, while learning to make stringed instruments, the art of wine making and ceramics. Over the next year, Dave got a domestic 2-track reel-to-reel tape recorder and experimented with its two speeds to produce the tracks ‘Elephantasia’ and ‘Lady Portia’. He pulled in members of local prog band Squidd, including latter day Hawkwind member Steve Swindells on keyboards, John Merritt on bass and Rodney Matthews on drums, who also designed the ‘Elephantasia’ album cover, and went on to become a renowned fantasy artist.
‘Elephantasia’ the album was originally released in 1972, fully exposing Dave’s finger picking style, lilting vocal and his dalliance with the tape manipulation. It sold around 2000 copies and over the years became a talked about rarity, deemed too progressive for folk, too folk for the new prog heads. In best plot-thickening style, Dave tried two more releases and then disappeared. The scant sleeve notes recounted the songs’ creation, featuring tales of experimentation in sound inspired by elephants, old memories recounted with all of the unpleasant bits edited out, storylines for escapists, the residents of St Agnes Park, broken beauty queens and a fat feline. It’s an eclectic but beautifully fluent narrative from a finger picking maestro with a warm and engaging vocal style that wowed Peel and Whispering Bob back in the day.Dave Evans sadly died in April 2021. Earth Recordings is proud to reissue ‘Elephantasia’ for the first time in over 50 years, in collaboration with his estate and original Village Thing producer Ian A. Anderson.
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