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MICE AND RATS IN THE LOFT

Jan Dukes De Grey

 

Prog Folk

4.14 | 159 ratings

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friso
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5 stars Jan Dukes de Grey - Mice and Rats in the Loft (1971)

PA top 10 material!

Wowh! I ordered this record just because of it's reputation, it's style (acid folk), it's artwork and it's magical appeal it had on me. After three spins I realised I could never again rate an other album five stars before comparing it to this masterpiece of all masterpieces!

Jan Dukes's sound can be discribed as eclectic prog with lot's of folk and psychedelics. The overall vibe isn't comparable to Jethro Tull, for this is way more real folk. It's more acoustic, it has great use of many many instruments played just by three people. One can hear acoustic and electric guitars, violins, bass, drums, harmonica, organ, trumpet, flute, a lot's of percussion, clarinet and saxophone. Though the band consisted of just three members the album sounds like it's a complete folk orchestra. The acoustic guitars are played very very aggressively! The vocals of Derek Noy are beautiful and confronting, the lyrics are very dark. The rhythms are or and intelligent interpretation of the folk tradition or inspired by trippy rock music like the Can would play (up-tempo psycho beat). Such an awkward combination, but still a winning formula.

Sun Symphonica is a 19 minute epic that has it all. Some melodic intro-parts with optimistic vocals, some almost gothic-like folk parts (the bombastic, intensive sound is hard to discribe), trippy acid rhythms, orchestral string sections playing accents, vocals as if screaming from the highest mountain and a part with a lot of different solo's on different instruments. This is one my all-time favourite epics.

Call of the Wild continues the atmospheres of side one but this track has particularly aggressive acoustic guitar playing alongside gentle folk parts. The solo guitar parts are very powerful.

Mice and Rats in the Loft has a different vibe. The guitar are electric and the song is heavier and more trippy then the others. This is the true acid part of the album. Really psychedelic!

Conclusion. No need for a conclusion. Everyone should own this, not matter what genre's you prefer. Five stars. One of the best record ever recorded!

friso | 5/5 |

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