Monday, November 19, 2007

Vashti Bunyan - the English folk chanteuse

You can't be too bad if you take a 35 years break from the music scene and still manage to return in style. In 1970 ' with only one album and a bunch of singles to her name - Vashti Bunyan quit her promising and critically acclaimed career to raise her kids and look after animals.

Her debut album 'Just Another Diamond Day' is widely regarded as a hippie-folk classic, especially among popular freak-folk acts as Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective. Perhaps, their succes has ease the way for the return of Vashti in 2005 where the succesful 'Lookaftering' came out. A couple of week ago a combilation of her 60's singles, 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind' (the title of her Jagger/Richards-penned debut from ´65) was released.

This is extremely pleasurable music. Acoustic, simple, free and if you liked the vocal of Cocteau Twin's Elizabeth Fraser on Massive Attack's hit 'Teardrop', this could easily be right up your alley! Just lend your ear to this:

Vashti Bunyan - 'Rose Hip November'
Vashti Bunyan - 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind'
Vashti Bunyan - 'Winter Is Blue'

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