Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cy, Maia & Robert - 1967 - Out of Our Times

Cy, Maia & Robert 
Out of Our Times

01. I Lie With You   
02. Tommy Taylor The Third   
03. Born And Bred   
04. Carlos   
05. Cuckold   
06. City Blues   
07. Twenty Sommers   
08. Goin' Where I'm Wanted   
09. Night Mare   
10. Lonely Child   
11. Town   
12. I'm On My Way   

Guitar, Vocals – Cy Nicklin
Guitar, Vocals – Robert Lelievre
Vocals – Maia Aarskov

Released in 1967, Out of Our Times is an erratic if interesting mix of folk, pop, and folk-rock. Perhaps that's more due to scrambled transmission of such influences to Denmark than deliberate eclectic stylings of eccentricity on part of the performers. Still, it's a little weird for listeners from English-speaking nations to hear its push, pull, and admixtures of elements. The harmonies are often grounded in early-'60s folk boomers like Peter, Paul & Mary and Ian & Sylvia, but there are also more modern cuts like "I Lie With You" and "I'm on My Way" that strongly echo the Mamas & the Papas. On songs like "Tommy Taylor the 3d," there's energetic jazz-pop vocalizing with idiosyncratic rhythms, rather in the same way jazz-pop harmonies would occasionally manifest themselves (though in a smoother fashion) in the Mamas & the Papas. There's not much rock here, but there are touches of electric guitar, percussion, and the sorts of arrangements that wouldn't be out of place on a Southern Californian sunshine pop record. There are also misfires like "Carlos," a children's folk song with extremely heavily accented female vocals (in English, as all the songs are). In general, though, the tunes are upbeat, enjoyable, occasionally mildly countercultural ("Goin' Where I'm Wanted"), and arranged with refreshing imagination, if sometimes on the corny side. By the way, "I'm on My Way" is a cover of an early composition by Dave Cousins of the Strawbs, who also recorded it (when Sandy Denny was in the band) around the same time.



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