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Thread #141106   Message #3248412
Posted By: Spleen Cringe
01-Nov-11 - 10:41 AM
Thread Name: Park records manufactures a folky band
Subject: RE: Park records manufactures a folky band
The links here and here are to the John Renbourn Group back when they featured Keshav Sathe on tabla. And here is the excellent Magic Carpet who were more on the psych-folk side of things. I always though this was a great sound that could be taken much further (though the forty odd Indian classical CDs I have on my shelves tell me I'm probably a bit biased). Having said that, this doesn't really do it for me - its all a bit too airbrushed and squeaky clean (though in the folk world it's far from alone in having that sound). I don't think it's the manufacturedness of it that causes this, just the decision to go for the default 21st century folk sound.

No problem with the idea of 'manufactured sounds' from me, though. Check out a wonderful album called 'The Upside Down World of John Pantry' which is chock full of brilliant psych-pop and most of it by bands that were avowedly studio concoctions. I agree with Gluey that it doesn't have to be either/or - its what comes out that counts.