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    Posted: September 08 2011 at 17:58
I've finally added one of my all-time favourite bands to the archives, so I thought I'd celebrate with their very own appreciation thread. Deep, soaring, accessible, difficult, charming, psychedelic and utterly utterly English music. They deserve far more attention than they get from both the prog community and the world in general. I'll stop gushing now and chuck some videos in.

Wonderful Henry Cow-meets-Vaughn Williams-meets-Neu! instrumental from their recent third album I a moon:



The climax to their 13-minute masterpiece from the debut album, which they released as a single. Video directed by Tim Smith offof Cardiacs, fact fans!:



Their wonderful synthy arrangement of the theme music to the classic British children's animation Ivor the Engine. Its composer, Vernon Elliot, is a big influence on their sound:



And finally, something typically folky and pastoral and bleak and joyful from their second album Birds:



I hope this addition will really help to bring them to a new audience. Smile
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Great stuff man, I'll be picking up some of their work soon. Thanks for that.
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Originally posted by TopographicTales

Great stuff man, I'll be picking up some of their work soon. Thanks for that.


Huzzah! Looks like it's just us two at the moment... Wink
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ya got into them when they came out......what with being a cardiacs fan for so long just got anything related to them......all three albums are beautys......the Arch Garrison album is great too....and the Shrubbies.Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Hemulen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 10 2011 at 15:01
Originally posted by Ady Random

ya got into them when they came out......what with being a cardiacs fan for so long just got anything related to them......all three albums are beautys......the Arch Garrison album is great too....and the Shrubbies.Smile


Yeah, I sometimes wonder how many fans a group like NSRO would have if you subtracted all the people who know them through Cardiacs. Tongue They deserve to be much more widely appreciated, IMO.

And yes, Arch Garrison and Shrubbies are also fab.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote frippism Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 10 2011 at 15:31
Ahh that's awesome to see them in the Archives!! Never thought I'd see it happen. I am yet to get the new album, but I'm only hearing good things, so I really should get it.
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Lovely album; I recently featured/recommended it on my blog.
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nice addition the Archives!!! I love NSRO
But now my branches suffer
And my leaves don't bear the glow
They did so long ago
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just found out they are playing in a church in Oxford in a few weeks......me goingBig smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote frippism Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 28 2011 at 01:03
Finally got "I a Moon"! I think really it's the best of anything I've heard of them. Stunning, just stunning!
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Originally posted by frippism

Finally got "I a Moon"! I think really it's the best of anything I've heard of them. Stunning, just stunning!


Indeed. On the first couple of listens I worried that it might not have the same impact on me as the previous two, despite a couple of instant stand-out tracks (Heavy Weather and Berliner Luft, obv.), but it's grown and grown with every subsequent spin. I just can't adequately express what this music does to me.
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