Lord Gammonshire, a musical eccentric with unfashionable facial hair was raised in the bucolic marshlands of Powys, Mid Wales, in the era of flared trousers and Austin Allegros.
Now located in Bristol, UK, he is a former member of locally lauded whimsical folk groups The Ambrose Giants & The Wind Marbles.
Lord Gammonshire is not a real member of the House of Lords.
Indeed if he was ever ensconced within that redoubtable institution, the entire nation would be forced to listen to the whimsy of his musical creations for hours on end; until everyone stopped fighting and started baking pastry effigies of Alfred the Great.
Carefully composed and crafted over a three year period from 2006-2009,
Lord Gammonshire’s Guide to Everyday Sounds, documents the strange hinterland of half-remembered dreams, tedious office work and the delirium induced when being stung by wasps.
Along the way we encounter giant killer herons, screaming vegetables, humankind reduced to a seething algal bloom and a featureless drone beavering away in the Uncivil Service.
Musically indebted to the 2 great ‘M’s of the early 70’s (Moog and Mellotron),
and to the playful inventiveness of the bands of that era (Stackridge / Caravan / Kevin Ayres / 10cc), the album is none the less no simple retro-pastiche, but rather a celebration of the possibilities in sound and subject matter that seemed to exist in that era.
Veering from wry-observational pop nous (Summer Smash / Uncivil Servant) through rollicking sea shanties (Rise of the Stromatolites), full on progressive rock (Tundra / Barlain Forest) to eccentric ditties (Brie Before Bedtime / Thistles on yer Tootsies), The album offers humour, but not to the expense of the musical journey, so why not clear out ‘yer ‘lugoles and take a listen to some ‘Everyday Sounds’
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