Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present Occasional Rain - Various Artists - Musik - ACE - 0029667098229 - May 29, 2020

Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present Occasional Rain

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Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present Occasional Rain

It's the day after the 60s. You turn on the radio and there is news about John leaving the Beatles - or will Paul be the first to jump? There is insecurity and uncertainty. The rain filters into the post-psychedelic, pre-progressive sound; in times of upheaval, you always notice bad weather.

"Occasional Rain" is the sequel to Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs' highly successful "English Weather" collection.

This is the sound of young bands experimenting in a period of flux, feeling for a new direction, exploring jazz and folk - as many songs are led by mellotron, piano and flute as they are by guitar. Lyrically, there are two themes that crop up regularly: the search for a home that isn't there anymore - the certainties of the optimistic 60s, the physical reality of terraced streets - and the rain. For the former, there's Cressida's gentle, keening 'Home And Where I Long To Be', while Duncan Browne's shape-shifting 'Ragged Rain Life' feels like a decent summary of Britain in both 1970 and 2020.

BOB STANLEY & PETE WIGGS PRESENT


Media Music     CD   (Compact Disc)
Released May 29, 2020
EAN/UPC 0029667098229
Label ACE CDCHD1570
Genre Folk
Dimensions 142 125 10 mm   ·   103 g