Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Michael Styers ‎"Bearing A Gentle Message"1980 US Private Rural Psych Folk Rock


Michael Styers ‎"Bearing A Gentle Message"1980 US Private Rural Psych Folk Rock
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz7cWl21IWM



This record gets described as acid-folk by record dealers (but then again they’ll describe almost anything as acid-folk these days). It does have some trippy moments and certainly the lyrics (involving Pan, Merlin & willow trees) fit it with the whole acid-folk aesthetic, but the music is probably better categorized as rural folk-rock and (at times) country-rock. 
Lysergia.com compares it to Gary Higgins, and while I like Higgins’ record better there are points of similarity. Styers is certainly a more-than-component guitarist and his backup group (which features cello & bouzouki among more traditional rock instruments) is strong. The record was recorded in Chapel Hill, NC in 1980 and released the same year as private press lp (500 copies pressed). It’s not easy to find and (like a lot of private press psych) will probably be over-priced if do locate a copy….~





Tracklist 
A1 Bearing A Gentle Message
A2 Jaguars In The Jungle
A3 Poppies Willows
A4 Merlin The Magik
A5 Upper Black Eddy
B1 In Time
B2 Summer Evening’s Chant
B3 Pan’s Door
B4 Flora
B5 Another Pretty Song 

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