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Amoeba Split


Canterbury Scene

4.07 | 90 ratings

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5 stars Whilst it was never quite the cohesive, unified scene the music press sometimes made it out to be, there is some truth to the idea that the whole "Canterbury" style was perpetuated by a particular group of collaborators, with particular names - Dave Stewart, Robert Wyatt, Pip Pyle, Richard Hastings, Barbara Gaskin, and so on ad infinitum - appearing on a wide swathe of albums from the era. As a result of the inevitable ravages of time, the prolific stalwarts of the scene have slowed down their pace of releases over time (and indeed some cornerstones like Hugh Hopper or Daevid Allen are no longer with us), so the Canterbury output of late has been diminishing, and what has existed consists of a fair swathe of archival releases and reunion projects and other vehicles for old hands.

Nonetheless, there's nothing inherently stopping anyone from keeping the sound going and developing it further - various European acts did it back in the 1970s without any of the key Canterbury personalities being involved, after all, and in more modern times with have the exceptionally capable Amoeba Split, who on this debut album have cooked up a modern sound centred on the style of Hatfield & the North or National Health but with regular excursions to other musical territory, from the mellow and peaceful to hard-cooking fusion. Perhaps in time we will see more of a revival of this musical style; if so, you can bet Amoeba Split will be at the forefront of it.

Warthur | 5/5 |


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