The Bevis Frond - Valedictory Songs
Catalogue No.: FIRELP453
Release Date: 24th November 2020
Recorded in Gold Dust Studios with a new sense of optimism and a fuller sound down to lots of extra energy (Nick believed it might be their last ever record) and the addition of piano and keyboards brings an instrumental direction. With former Hawkwind bassist Adrian Shaw and Ex-Marrillion tub thumper Andy Ward, the album – some 72 minutes of poetic majesty; super chunky in places, silkily soft elsewhere – is a smorgasbord of melodies, from tear jerking beauty to maximum riffage (with added guitarist Bari Watts on ‘Can’t Feel It’). “‘High On A Downer’, ‘The Speed Of Light’, and the mid-tempo, '70s-inspired ‘Early Riser’ certainly tread closer to "monster ballad" status than anything Saloman has done in the past.” Pitchfork // “A graduation of sorts from the psychedelic bubbling and gurgling guitar experimentation of previous albums to crunchy psych-pop with an emphasis on straight-up songwriting.” AllMusic // “As a rock songwriter, Saloman is simply unstoppable.” Pitchfork // “There are feel-good Beatles melodies here, Nick Drake-esque folk-rock, and new wavy power punk.” AllMusic // Reissued on Double LP for the first time since 2000, lovingly packaged in a gate-fold sleeve for Record Store Day 2020.
Side A A1 Godsent A2 By The Water's Edge A3 Early Riser A4 Let Them Beautify You A5 High On A Downer Side B B1 Artillery Row B2 We Are The Dead B3 Portobello Man B4 Can't Feel It Side C C1 Sugar Voids C2 Back On My Star C3 The Speed Of Light C4 Old School Rock Side D D1 Child D2 Living In Real Time D3 China Fry D4 Confession