From the heart of the English coun­try­side via Detroit.

Prog - - The Musical Box - DW

Cus­tard Flux is the new project from Gre­gory Cur­vey of The Luck Of Eden Hall. Based in Detroit, it seems a safe bet to guess that Cur­vey may be some­thing of a mu­si­cal An­glophile. The premise be­hind the project is to make mu­sic us­ing in­stru­ments that don’t re­quire elec­tric­ity, so that means a lot of Har­mo­nium, acous­tic gui­tars, up­right bass, and drums. The re­sult is a sound that blends psychedeli­a and the Can­ter­bury scene with early Gen­e­sis and XTC. Hap­pily, Cur­vey’s song­writ­ing is strong enough that while he wears his in­flu­ences on his sleeve – in the track Golden Op­por­tu­nity he sings about watch­ing Soft Ma­chine in a field – He­lium is full of mem­o­rable melodies. The folky Forever­more is lovely with Cur­vey sound­ing like a young Peter Gabriel, and La Mort is just lush with its over­lap­ping gui­tar parts. The only pro­duc­tion quib­ble would be the slightly flabby drum sound, but Cur­vey has made an al­bum full of warmth and whimsy. He­lium is avail­able in a one-disc edi­tion or in a fancy box set that comes in an ac­tual wooden box with a lyric book­let and a bonus five­track disc that in­cludes a cover of Lou Reed’s Satel­lite Of Love.

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