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MP3 Reefus Moons - Waiting for My Albatross

English Eccentric folk rock psychedelic songwriter.

10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Psychedelic, ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

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''If you were wondering, like me, what became of York’s finest export Reefus Moons since the rising of the ‘Marmalade Sun’ CD on Delerium where he was backed by the Suicidal Flowers, the answer is an easy one: this Incredible String Band / Soft Boys disciple simply “fell asleep for five years” (unquote). How I wish that more musicians would follow the example of Rip Van Winkle, especially if it eventually results in an album as strong as the winning pop psych found in his ‘Waiting for my Albatross’ CD, which is apparently a soundtrack for a film of the same name. If this is on the level and not an example of Mr Moon’s imagination in hyperdrive, it could be an eye feast for sure, particularly if the sleeve depiction of a giant flying banana is anything to go by. I could imagine fellow plantainophiles the Man band and Kevin Ayers sitting up and taking notes. As with numerous lunar-related occasions in the past, like ‘The Word Raven’, now fetching £17.50 on certain mail-order lists, ‘Waiting for my Albatross’ remains a strictly one-man operation. I especially like ‘Sea in a Jar’ with its xylophone / analogue synth decoration and ‘The Loon in the Moon’ a good-timey psychster which merges solo Syd styled whimsy with banjo-shaded country inflections. ‘A Song About Time’ is another high point and seems to resemble a Goffin/King experiment in flower pop once you dig beneath its swirling top coat, while ‘Moss on my Shoes’ is markedly less exuberant, with lines like “There’s two insects on my shoe, at least they’re going somewhere new” showing a potent blend of poignancy and quintessentially English surrealism, coming from a severely undervalued pen. If you’re ever in the YO19 region and see a trail of Zzzzzzs leaking out of a nearby bedroom window, that’ll probably be Mr. Moons catching 400 winks. Leave him be: those thought balloons might just be the backbone of his next album''.

Simon Lewis. Terrascope Online. ****************************************************************** ******************************************************************

''Having been releasing music since 1990, it was a great pleasure to have a copy of “Waiting for My Albatross” the latest album from Reefus Moons drop through my door recently. Right from the off it was apparent that the psych-pop brilliance was still in place with added birdsong giving the wistful “Lost For Words” a lovely sheen. Whilst comparisons with Robyn Hitchcock are inevitable (and probably tedious) it has to be said that there is ample room in this world for everyone who writes such beautiful, melodic and gently psychedelic songs. Chock-a-block with quality it is hard to pick a favourite, but “White Crystal Bird” is simply gorgeous, whilst “Gargoyles” is a soon to be classic. As is so often the case, the best is left to last, with the title track sparkling with melody and the lyrics adding surreal bite to the tune. Hell, even the slight novelty goodtime feel of "“The Loon In The Moon” will having you grinning with happiness. A small Psych-pop gem, let it sparkle in your life''.

Terrascope Online. ***************************************************************** *****************************************************************

''Wow.. it has been 11 years since Reefus put out a new CD, with ROAR being his last. I was not sure if we would hear from him again but he is back with 10 new songs (36 minutes) of his Syd Barrett, Robyn Hitchcock 60''s influenced but very much his own sounding melodic psychedelic pop rock! These are all well crafted (sometimes quite a lot a like sounding) songs but they will have you in a happy mood quite soon and feature some really fun and funny lyrics as well as song titles like Moss is on my Shoes, and the Loon in the Moon. As always, Reefus plays all the electric and acoustic guitars, drums, bass and keyboards. Fans of his earlier records will love this one as well. Reefus has put out another set of quality, classic Reefus Moons material. How can you not like this stuff, so happy and uplifting and cheerful!''

Scott Heller. Lowcut Magazine. Denmark. ***************************************************************** *****************************************************************

''Is Reefus Moons the impossible mutant offspring of Robyn Hitchcock and the Bevis Frond? He’s probably not as deep as either, but he might be a more consistently strong songwriter; almost every song here is pretty excellent. This one man band from York in England makes an instantly memorable sort of psychedelic poppy melodic folk rock that, for the most part wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the radio in 1967; except for the synthesizers. Jangling guitars, big harmonic anthemic choruses, guitars, keyboards, chimes, percussion, and lots of Barrett/Hitchcock-like vocalizations. He writes highly enjoyably hooky hallucinatory whimsical pop songs; the only mystery to me is why he’s not much better known.''

George Parsons. Dream Magazine no.8. California. ***************************************************************** *****************************************************************

''Giunge as well as appreciate the how much unexpected return of Ross Stephens, home recorder hermit from York that has signed with moniker the Reefus Moons some between the more precious capolavori and underrates you of the psichedelia English of years ` 90. The first collection of the new millenium ce of it gives back intact the prolific melodica vein that bound together to the chitarristico sparkling fraseggio joins it in some way to Robyn Hitchcock; the visionarietà of Reefus is but more bewitched and serene, it receives the solarità of the jingle-jangle byrdsiano in "To Song About Time" and in the title-track, it assimilates of icona of Syd the ludico and fiabesco aspect ("The Loon in the Moon"), gives us a long dream an hour with an incredible sequence of memorable topics.''

Enrico Ramunni. Rockerilla Magazine. Italy. 8/10. Translated BADLY by Babelfish!!
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