Spokeswoman Of The Bright Sun
GLITTERHOUSE. CD/DL/LP Ex Jayhawk’s follow-up to 2014’s Goodbye Lizelle.
There has always been something wide-eyed and whimsical about Mark Olson’s solo work. The albums he made in Joshua Tree with his first wife, Victoria Williams, as The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, were the epitome of wide-eyed whimsy. OK, things turned more melancholic and reflective on Salvation Blues and Many Colored Kite. But since marrying for a second time – to singer/multi-instrumentalist Ingunn Ringvold – the whimsy’s returned. Their first collaboration, Goodbye Lizelle, recorded around the world, fused psych-folk Americana with world music. This one, recorded in their desert cabin home or on the porch, is more about psych folk with whimsical lyrics and string arrangements. Imagine Syd Barrett flash-mobbed by an orchestra. It’s a bit over-egged at times but always goodnatured and sincere. Highlights: Time Of Love; All My Days; and Seminole Valley Tea Sipper Society.