Monday, 24 May 2010
Monday Moments - Easter Theatre
I was a fan on xtc I had a lot of their lps (all of them since "English Settlement") and a couple of songs would definitely pop in my all time favourite chart. However, there isnt one lp apart from maybe "skylarking" that I didn't think deep down was a bit ... well patchy. For every great tune, there would be one that would just pass me by and every lp seemed to have a song that would have me reaching for the skip button. They seemed to have vanished since the "Nonsuch" lp (apparently tied up in all kind of legal disputed with their record label)
Out of nowhere a new lp appeared in 1999, "Apple Venus". It is a work of genius. By far the most cohesive thing they have done. I can only describe it as chamber pop full of musical quirks with the lushest of instrumentation and harmonies. For once with a band after a long break this was an lp that sounded like it took 7 years to make.
My monday moment comes from one track , Easter Theatre. It starts with a gorgeous bit of strings and soon tumbles into a great chorus.
My moment is towards the end as like a summer walk the song meanders to it's end and at about 3 and a half minutes on you get some dreamlike harmonies that gradually fade away until you reach for repeat
Apple Venus disappeared as quickly as it came and with the next lp they returned to the spikier guitar pop of old. It's a lost classic
Easter Theatre - XTC