Psychedelic rock pioneer Kevin Ayers was the first member of legendary Canterbury group Soft Machine to launch a solo career. His four albums on Harvest remain unheralded prog-rock gems. 1973’s Bananamour is the last of these albums and remains the most accessible whilst still holding on to his relentlessly eccentric approach. On this record, Ayers splits from his Whole World crew to reunite with ex-bandmates Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Archie Legget, and Gong guitarist Steve Hillage. Highlights include Ayers’ most beloved tune “Shouting at a Bucket Blues,” a breezy meditation on musical and romantic frustration, his charming Syd Barrett tribute “Oh! Wot a Dream,” and, of course, the hypnotic standout “Decadence.” The eight-minute album centerpiece is an opiate and atmospheric ode to Velvet Underground heroine, Nico, featuring mazy referential lyrics, liquid transcendental guitars, and buzzy synthesizers that swell into an extremely hypnotic crescendo. Highly recommended for fans of his more celebrated collaborators Nick Drake, Syd Barrett, Robert Wyatt, and John Cale.
Recommended – B1 Decadence, A2 Shouting In a Bucket Blues, Full Listen
Tags: Cult Classic / Drum Break / Essential Listening / Psychedelic