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Obscure psychedelic folk, cosmic soul, and crooning AOR from the label behind Belong to the Wind.
Los Angeles reissue upstart Forager Records got off to a strong start. Since their inception in March, the label has managed to sell out of their debut release Belong to the Wind, a curated collection of psychedelic folk, cosmic soul, and crooning AOR collected from American 45s of the 1970s. The release focuses on private labels such as Redcap, Sound Sync, That Same Old Label, Arson, MRC, all seemingly forgotten by time but lovingly unearthed by the label.
The collection features the kind of faded wallpaper sounds that spark a certain kind of longing, melancholy, and nostalgia, as though they were popular songs conjured up from a parallel universe.
The label recently joined us during our ongoing NeueHouse Hollywood residency for a deep listening session of Belong to the Wind, along with eternal classics including Neil Young’s On the Beach. Founder Matthew Bruce delved into varied cosmic territories with Joe Henderson’s spiritual jazz-fusion classic The Elements; it features Alice Coltrane, whose spirit serves as a foundational and celestial element of the album.
Below are a few 45s selected and described by Bruce that carry on the spirit of Belong to the Wind, and demonstrate Forager’s commitment to “unearthing and breathing new life into rare and under-appreciated sounds from the past.”
Else Andersen – You Took My World
An all-time favorite 45 with the perfect moody mix of folk & soul. I can’t get enough.
Andrew Jay – Again
Both sides of this 45 are incredible psych folk. “Again” is an absolute downer anthem. This one will never leave the collection.
Mat Rak – Element Of Pleasure (Instrumental)
Brooding guitar and piano-driven soft rock track. The vocal side is a miss but the instrumental hits the spot.
Aurora – Tim’s Song
Charming and blue soft psych double-sider with tasteful effects.
Justus – Glass Covered Dream
An extremely fragile psych-folk downer. Recommend listening by candlelight.