Judy Dyble & Andy Lewis
Summer Dancing ACID JAZZ. CD/DL/LP
Original Fairport Convention singer back in post-psychedelic mode with a new accomplice. On the face of it, an odd collaboration. Andy Lewis, former DJ-turned-songwriter, producer and Paul Weller collaborator in musical union with original Fairport Convention singer and King Crimson compadre Dyble. Not much common ground there, you’d imagine; yet there’s immense charm amid the inherent waywardness and the distant echoes of psychedelia are unexpectedly beguiling. It does sound at times like the runaway child of an underground London club circa 1966, but Dyble’s voice still carries guile and sensitivity, and there’s conviction and intrigue too amid the swirling mists of sound in which Lewis shrouds her fragility…” bucolic melancholia”, as the producer himself describes it. Humour, too, not just in Dyble’s lyrics like He Said She Said, but in the retro moods and shifting effects which permeate the whole. Knowingly nostalgic, it’s an album with a very strong sense of itself.