SYD BARRETT "The Madcup Laughs" (EMI)

Crumbs of psychedelia had not affected only the music of Syd Barrett, but his own life also. After a memorable debut full-length with English pioneers, Pink Floyd, Syd is ousted by April of ’68. Although rumours claimed that he was actually empty of ideas hardly a month passed when Syd was back in Abbey Road. There he started working on some new compositions he had in mind, many of which were unfortunately never released as part of one of his records. For our sake, though, most of the attempts he did to those songs were recorded and can now be found. Armed, when needed, with the forces of Jokers’ Wild bassist, Willie Wilson, and Humble Pie drummer, Jerry Shirley, Syd started recording many takes of “No Man’s Land”, “Here I Go” and “No Good Trying”. The accusations on Barrett’s music about being a bit overestimated are rather aimless. He, bare of tricky impressions, managed to build some seriously good songs the substance of which is part of the creator’s unquiet personality. We’re talking about the first samples of psychedelic sound with -seemingly- simple compositions. I mean that Syd’s complex chord and metre changes betray a musical genius who perceived the musical themes slightly different than the rest of musicians. Thus, it’s not that weird why he was truly missed during his whole void musical time of his life. Syd is not among anymore but I’m pretty sure that he’s already painted the ethers a bit more colorful with the music he now creates. R.I.P.

Miltos XIC

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