Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Noel Coward's Ghost - Peyote Marching Songs, Vol. 1 - 1995

Burdened only by its perplexing nomenclature , Peyote Marching Songs, Vol. 1 is an amazing solo creation by Steinberg (f/k/a Lane Hollend). Blown in from a parallel pop universe, the album is endlessly inventive, intricately crafted and burnished with gorgeous harmonies. This homemade stunner variously sounds like XTC ("Excuses"), the Left Banke ("The Lovely Maiden Voygle"), the Beach Boys ("Timon of Athens," "A Ghost in Wexford Terrace"), Sell Out-era Who ("Spanish Birthday Across the Miles"), Syd Barrett ("Benzaline") and nobody in particular ("Sad Lions"). Most of the songs gaily mix stylistic metaphors as Steinberg realizes his fantasies, using countless skillfully played instruments. But as the oblique lyrics don't provide much of a clue, Peyote Marching Songs, Vol. 1's intentions are as enigmatic as the choice of its title. -Trouser Press 




Anonymous said...

Noel Coward's Ghost is a great CD ! Thanks Curt. Happy holidays!!

angelo said...

great post Curt, one of the best of an amazing 2010 year. merry xmas


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