Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Gothic Horizon & Andy Desmond

Gothic Horizon "The Jason Lodge Poetry Book" 1970

Dave Thubron:
Gothic Horizon made two albums: 'The Jason Lodge Poetry Book' (Argo ZFB 26) 1970, which also gained an American release: ([USA:] London PS592) 1971; and 'Tomorrow Is Another day' (Argo ZDA 150) 1972. Their music is not gloomy, brooding, damp, ghoulish, dark, threatening, creepy, bloody, horrifying or any of the other adjectives which spring to mind when one thinks of "Gothic". Instead it is warm, chatty, light, breezy, informal, witty. The albums are sometimes hyped as "psych-pop" (the former especially on account of its convoluted title and colourful pop-art cover) or even "acid-folk", but essentially they are neither of these things; they tends mostly towards folk and acousticism. However there are some tracks here to delight the psychedelically-inclined. The title track of the first album, 'The Jason Lodge Poetry Book', is great. Complex pop of sufficient quality to delight the pop-syke faithful. 'Song For Susan' is so close in sound and style to Fairfield Parlour that it just about escapes charges of plagiarism. 'A J Lone's Dog' is ragtime pop; and unsurprisingly with a title like 'Willow Tree Vale Song' this song is folk. But 'A Third For Jason Lodge' is very weird. Bizarre changes and references to flying, mushrooms and toadstools!



Andy Desmond "Living on a Shoestring" 1975

1st solo album of Gothic Horizon's guitarist. The record was produced by Dave Davis and released from Kinks' "Konk Record"

Great album!!








01. Beware!
02. So It Goes
03. She Can Move Mountain
04. Only Child
05. Let Me Take You In
06. Can't Bear To Live Without
07. Why Not Write Me A Letter
08. No Time To Say Goodbye
09. (Do I Figure) in Your Life ---- Cover song of Pete Dello!!
10. Living On A Shoestring
11. Annie

11 Comments:

Anonymous Karel said...

Thanks!!

30 January, 2007 05:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the Gothic Horizon, but this Andy Desmond record is a real gem... so beautiful! Thank you very much... However, what a pity it is an annoying noise in all the songs so similar to my tinnitus!!! so disturbing... Anyway, I really appreciate you post this record as it is such a great discovery.. I will try to find a copy somewhere...
thanks again Lizard... as always...

30 January, 2007 06:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to check out what Andy (now Miten) is doing now his website is here - www.mitendevapremal.com - he is still creating amazingly beautiful music...

07 February, 2007 20:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Gothic Horizon! Thank you!
Armute

08 February, 2007 07:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

obrigado. Valeu pelo belo post.

20 February, 2007 22:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

andy desmonds concert at Warwick university in October 1978 is why I didnt drop out of uni

03 March, 2007 17:52  
Blogger vavavio said...

Would it be possible to get a link to where to listen to songs-or at least samples- from Gothic Horizon or the other album by Andy Desmond (now Miten) as this is the only address I found anything reasonable. Perhaps some listener might help...
Thanks a lot!

09 November, 2007 08:19  
Blogger vavavio said...

Would it be possible to get a link to where to listen to songs-or at least samples- from Gothic Horizon or the other album by Andy Desmond (now Miten) as this is the only address I found anything reasonable. Perhaps some listener might help...
Thanks a lot!

09 November, 2007 08:23  
Anonymous arbor said...

Can't wait to check these out thanks

10 March, 2008 12:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Simmons wrote a lot of their music. He's still doing stuff on musicfromthemountains.com

29 August, 2009 16:54  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Is it possible to repost the Andy Desmond LP ? many thanks !!!

24 August, 2010 20:34  

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