Psychedelic Jazz-Rock Fusion Video of the Day II
Yeah, it’s that band Robert Wyatt used to be in.
Here’s a perfect distillation of England’s Canterbury Scene: “[T]he tension between complicated harmonies, extended improvisations, and the sincere desire to write catchy pop songs.” And Soft Machine was perhaps the most Canterburyesque of all the Canterbury bands, evolving from self-consciously witty and weird pop songs into side-long fusion excursions within the course of three albums. A work pal overheard me listening to some of this crazy groove and said, “It sounds like John Coltrane meets The Doors.” Which it kinda does. (And if you dig part one, here’s part two.)