Saturday, 17 November 2007

Alison Faith Levy & Mushroom - Yesterday I Saw You Kissing Tiny Flowers

Yesterday, I Saw You Kissing Tiny Flowers
Four Zero CD

Once alluded to as Space Rock’s answer to Eartha Kitt, the combination of Alison Faith Levy’s deliciously sensual voice with the feel-good and vibrant interstellar jazz-fusion of the ever-evolving Mushroom is a smooth hybrid of laid-back 60s San Francisco sensibilities and smoky basement establishments. As a solo artist, Levy is of the voice and piano, Tori Amos or Veda Hille, approach but here, breathlessly washing across the top of this psychedelic morass she’s an entrancing and ethereal angel, both lulling and beguiling. On “Ocean Beach” with the classic sound of Tom Waits band saxophonist Ralph Carney’s blowing and the sunshine warmth of Erik Pearson’s gently drifting guitar underpinning her understated performance she’s the passing breeze that freshens the dry summer day. Here is a collaboration that could have been made in Heaven.

Mushroom themselves are that archetypal loose collective. Guitarist and vocalist Josh Pollock has drifted through collaborations with John Cale, Damo Suzuki and Kevin Ayers and spent time working with Daevid Allen on various permutations of Gong and the Gong/Acid Mothers Temple psych-terrorist tryst Acid Mothers Gong. Bassist Michael Clare serves with Daevid Allen’s University of Errors whilst percussionist Dave Mihaly works with country/folk performer Jolie Holland. Coming together in this way is clearly an opportunity to cut loose and produce something both contemporary and cool whilst reflecting back on more wide-eyed and optimistic times.

4 Zero Records

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