Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Story "Tale Spin" 2006

The Story is a father/son duo consisting of Martin Welham of the classic folk/psych band Forest and his son, Tom. The pair have been touring recently across the English countryside (Somerset seems to be home base these days) and, following an initial unveiling on a split-LP with US folkies Whysp "Tale Spin" marks both their debut full length as well as the first original (i.e., non-reissue) release on Sunbeam. Opening with their theme song, "The Story" is a rolling acoustic gem, full of gorgeous harmonies that leaves me with a laidback Moody Blues taste in my ears. The Welhams mix things up by adding banjo, piano and some strings and winds to "Hope and Pray," another harmonic beauty in the style of CSNY, Help Yourself, or early Brinsley Schwarz.

Welham senior's "Walking the Wall" is a nostalgic recollection of youthful experiences that could equally be directed at both his son and his former bandmates, while junior's youthful exhuberance injects a lightweight, good time poppy groove to his "Anyway" and the backwards guitars and soaring harmonies imbue his "Strange World" with just the right air of mystery.

So, these tale spinning Welhams offer up a whistful collection of melodic folk pop that will appeal both to senior's old cronies with Forest, COB, Fresh Maggots, and Help Yourself LPs in their collection along with junior’ new breed of folkies like Espers, 6 Organs of Admittance and In Gowan Ring. - Jeff Penczak

2 Comments:

Blogger Now To The Power Of Now said...

Really loving the new folkes.

26 December, 2006 10:14  
Anonymous nildro-hain said...

I adore this album. Being a faithful fan of Forest, I was given a demo of this for my birthday a couple of years back. A few months later I caught the Whysp at a local show and obtained the split l.p. which is well worth exploration. The sound is not a carbon copy of Forest, rather, the roots are there but it produces its own unique form of fantasy. Listen to it softly, loudly, up close and with distance...it will just make you feel far away in the most wonderful way.

27 December, 2006 12:21  

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