Officially Licensed Reissue.
First Time State Side Pressing of 500.
Liner Notes by John Olson.
" Recorded in Chalk Farm Studios in London by Vic
Keary for his Mushroom imprint (also home to Chillum and Second Hand),
Pass the Distance sees landless folkie Simon Finn chase, tumble down and
ultimately ravage his beasties and neuroses in a myriad of gripping and
frequently terrifying ways. Callin' it acid folk or psych folk or
freaked out Xtian primal scream just ain't gonna do the business. Finn
ain't finna get buttoned in. Though you can hear the stoned lilt of
contempo bonnet-wearers like Donovan on "The Courtyard," the lyrics come
off more like Jerry Moore on a Leonard Cohen bender. Things do get
pastoral, too, but Finn's spokes are so clotted with mud and hay, he
winds up collapsin' and gaspin' down a dry well ("What A Day"). But just
when ya think ya boy is outta breath, on comes the tottering monolith
that is "Jerusalem," in which Finn croaks til hoarse and foamin' about
the state of contemporary believers. A swollen organ drone keens like an
Irish wake in the background. Finn sounds like he's playin' guitar with
those gauntlets people use to handle razor wire. The percussion
struggles to escape in one piece. Of course, all the religious horse
hockey is really just a red herring for the paralyzing anger and
alienation consuming dude, but if'n you's a sturdy enough chap to have
hung thru the first side, you musta figgered that out.
Side B calms it down a touch but the wonders still abound. Leads
smother themselves, beauty is lost, folks get betrayed, menacing jokes
are cracked. I spose I oughta emphasize the word "cracked" huh? Ya get
the notion Finn is on a tough journey, but it's almost better just to
wonder what great personal wilderness landed him on the road in the
first place. First time and long-overdue Stateside pressing. File
awkwardly between Leonard Cohen's Songs from A Room and Kenneth Higney.
Seems like Finn could use some company. -Sebastian Morris-White, Buffet
of Loathsome" - LITTLE BIG CHIEF RECORDS
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 07 April, 2010.