It’s taken ’bout A Month of Sundays, but the soaring orchestral pop genius of the Chamber Strings is about to make its return to the Chicago stage. To celebrate, Glorious Noise has posted part one of a three-part short video documentary about the band, focusing on the early years after Kevin Junior came off the road with Epic Soundtracks.
Celebrate this magnificent return by scaring up tickets for their show at the Double Door on Saturday January 20, or you can sample or purchase both Chamber Strings albums or the earlier Rosehips disc through our partners at Maryatt Music.
This is my first LITG Blog, and in fact my first blog at all. I am happy to be here, and will keep this first one brief. My most recent discovery of an obscure and great record comes courtesy of The Big Takeover magazine, who did a piece in their last issue on Nick Garrie (Hamilton). The article had me running to get Garrie’s late 60s lost masterpiece record, The Nightmate of J.B. Stanislas. Wow. Think the soft, orchestrated pop of Bergen White running into more “serious” folk stuff by, say, Nick Drake, then having some encounters with the Baroque pop of The Left Banke, the left of center melodic singer/songwriter sounds of Harry Nilsson and . . . I could go on with the comparisons, but let’s just say this is a great record that the people of Rev-Ola have put back into the world for us. If you’re into sprawling, pyschedelic folk/pop from the late 60s, Nick is your man and this record will hit your sweet spot. My apologies if anyone on this site has already raved about this record.
Amazon has the record, and if you prefer to buy from your local shop, get them to order it if they don’t have it on the shelf.