Fol­low The Sun

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

Sur­vey­ing the fringes of Aus­tralian ’70s pop, folk and rock.

The sleevenotes sug­gest that in the ’70s Aus­tralia was a less self-con­scious, more in­no­cent place, and the dis­parate mu­sic here re­ally seems to re­flect that idea. On the hip­py­ish, flutey ti­tle track, Dave Dou­glas sings, “We shall see the pure silk of truth woven on the loom of re­al­ity”, while on River­boat, Andy Arm­strong crowns his im­age-laden lyrics with “Stick a pin in Len­non and Mc­Cart­ney and they cry out in pain”, as if he needed to prove to him­self that those dis­tant fig­ures ac­tu­ally ex­isted. Mar­ian Hen­der­son’s bit­ter­sweet The First Boy I Loved comes across like Sandy Denny with Brian Auger, while Cathie O’Sul­li­van’s The Orange Tree is a gor­geous mix of harp and vo­cals. The only ‘name’ artist is Gary Shearston, who en­joyed some UK chart suc­cess and is backed here by elec­tric pi­ano and con­gas on the lan­guid Wit­ness­ing. Mike Barnes

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