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The Surprise Symphony

The Shock Symphony can be an apparent side project from the mysterious Louisiana psychedelic-folk singer/songwriter Damien Youth that has been releasing obscure, well-done indie music on cassette and CD since about 1990. In Shock Symphony, he takes on acoustic guitar, bass, piano, sitar, and cello, as creates the music for vocalist Robyn Nice’s lyrics; the group is usually done by multi-instrumentalist Zane Armstrong and Berkeley (just acknowledged with “tone of voice”). Their 1998 self-titled Compact disc was, based on the liner records, recorded and combined in a single week having a portable four-track studio room, although the plans, creation, and songwriting audio pretty cautious, well-considered, and well-recorded. The recording is even more psychedelic and rock-oriented than Damien Youth’s folkier, even more acoustic solo materials. It’s moody, subdued, however, not quite dark psychedelia, in the mildew of past due-’60s and incredibly early-’70s British functions, specially the just-post-Syd-Barrett Red Floyd. It generally does not audio unduly imitative, though. It’s dark-room late-night psych, melodic and attractively sung, with imaginative configurations that produce some usage of sitar, cellos, synthesizer, and unusual results like children’s voices. And, like all Damien Youngsters productions, it’s significantly less known and circulated to everyone than it ought to be, receiving small airplay or interest actually among the underground.

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