Balduin ‎– The Glamour Forest

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Sunstone ‎– SSES1002
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Vinyl, 7", EP
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A1 Mirror Mirror
A2 Hole In The Sky
B1 Jabberwock
Written-By [Music] – Sam HuttWritten-By [Poem] – Lewis Carroll
B2 Waves, Stars & Moon

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Limited edition of 300 copies
℗&© Balduin & Creative Cookery 2013
Made in England

Songs written & recorded at Creative Cookery Studio Bern, Switzerland, 2013
B1: Music from "Boeing Duveen And The Beautiful Soup", 1968
B1: Poem written from "Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There", 1872

Instruments: Electric & acoustic guitars, bass, mellotron, electric & acoustic harpsichords, piano, vibraphone, celesta, lyre, sitar, harmonium, drums & percussion.

Premastered with a little help at Studio Mamma.
Vinyl mastering at Whitewood Studios.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): 115156H1/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): 115156H2/A

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choosebalduin

choosebalduin

January 24, 2014

Balduin has been tinkering in his Wizard's Hut studio (he'd like us to believe that's it on the cover) for years with a large self produced back catalogue of psych-pop wizardry to show for it, a lot of which sounds like the sort of thing you'd expect to come out of such a fairytale bungalow with Santa's elves in tow.
"The Glamour Forest" is an exceptionally varied four track E.P of recent works, and the ideal introduction to his art.
The first thing most psych-pop scholars are likely to notice is the inclusion of a cover of U.K psych oddity "The Jabberwock" - based on Lewis Carroll's famous poem, and originally recorded by Boeing Duveen & Beautiful Soup in 1968 - now a ridiculously collectable single, and with good reason - it's completely unhinged. Balduin's version is tastefully respectful of the original - if thou hast not seen (or heard) the Jabberwock, then this is as good a way to hear it as any - but the originals that keep it company here are even better.
"Mirror Mirror" casts a shiny new psychedelic sheen over things that will have the Tame Impala crowd rubbing their hands together, but my favorite moments here are the more timeless psychedelic baroque pop pieces - "Hole in the Sky" with it's slowed down Motown beat, Kinksian harpsichord accompaniment and melancholy wall of vocals / mellotron is pretty lovely, and best of all "Waves, Stars & Moon" which starts as a simple acoustic guitar / vocal piece of baroque pop, before a graceful and subtly nuanced mellotron string section sweeps in gorgeously, heralding the arrival of something very special indeed.
choosebalduin

choosebalduin

January 24, 2014

This is ace! When this 7" was handed to me I eyed it with suspicion. A funny-looking guy stands next to some kind of gnome house, proudly clutching a large stick he has found. I know better than to judge a record by its cover these days, though, and if you take it out and put it on your record player you'll find that Swiss one-man band Balduin is actually crafting some really top drawer psych-pop, with three originals and a cover squeezed onto this 45.

He's obviously influenced by the likes of The Zombies and Syd Barrett, but it's quite a modern-sounding single too. Soft and warm and uplifting like Tame Impala but also with a more focused earthiness which is making me think of Jacco Gardner or Mmoss. There's a cover of Sam Hutt's 'Jabberwock' which has a great slightly hesitant groove and gloriously expansive arrangements full of uplifting mellotron and harpsichord. Closer 'Waves, Stars & Moon' does get a little bit 'Listen To What The Flower People Say' but essentially this is a thoroughly commendable update on '60s psychedelic pop of the type you would expect to hear on Trouble In Mind. Thumbs up.
choosebalduin

choosebalduin

January 24, 2014

Limited, 4-track 45 vinyl ep which contains four tracks of 60's-tinged-psych-pop with distinct echoes of the Zombies and the Left Banke, while at the same time retaining a very NOW sound - 4 wonderful tracks of hand crafted pop to ease you into Spring.

Swiss one-man band Balduin has quietly released a string of albums and EPs since 2001, the contents of which run the gamut from dreamy electronica and lo-fi experimental pop to self-composed harpsichord recitals. This new four-tracker, his first outing since 2012, mines the deep well of British ’60s pop-psych with the skill of a master; it’s all there in the frighteningly authentic cover of Boeing Duveen & The Beautiful Soup’s ‘Jabberwock’.

Balduin treads a similar path to the one that Jacco Gardner has spent two years wearing a deep groove into, but employs a wider arsenal of sounds to colour his creations. ‘Waves, Stars And Moon’ layers Mellotron strings, chimes and finger clicks over a pretty acoustic guitar snapshot. And, on opener ‘Mirror, Mirror’, he sounds uncannily like Billy Nicholls.