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New to You – Juniper Leaf

There’s something uniquely English about pastoral rock. Roy Harper, the Incredible String Band (who were Scottish, but we’ll ignore that) and even the less bombastic Led Zeppelin tracks all spring to mind. It’s the sound of getting it together in the country, of forging beauty from something whimsical, of centuries of tradition. Juniper Leaf come from this section of the rock spectrum.Anyone who has heard the dramatically sweet chord changes of solo-Syd Barret and swooned will find much to like here. Their debut album Brooms, Briars, Torches from the Fire is packed with pyschedelic-pop gems. It’s quite easy to head quickly and unstoppably up ones on rectum when making this type of music, but there’s a dexterity and clarity about the record which steers it away from that towards something altogether more palatable.

Of course, this is a record best enjoyed with a glass of red and maybe a herbal cigarette, but you don’t need to be in another dimension to fully appreciate it. Check out the bands myspace for more info. It’s definitely one for the classicists out there – you can almost smell the patchouli and rather wish the album was on the sadly defunct Dandelion label, which it isn’t because Dandelion folded before any of us were born, but still.

Brooms, Briars, Torches from the Fire is out now on Singaround Records.


3 Responses

  1. check out the Israel Nash Gripka album ” new york town ” for those of you with a country ,err, bent.

  2. doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue, that one, does it? Is it a band or a bloke?

  3. a bloke , though he appears to have a band also…excerpts of album for a quick listen to the general idea available on cdbaby . havent checked myspace etc

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