Australian folk-singer Pip Proud recorded two albums,
De Da De Dum (1967, re-recorded as
Adrenaline And Richard (Polydor, 1966), and
A Bird In The Engine (Polydor, 1969),
and later collected on Eaglewise (1996), that predated
Syd Barrett and all the other
"primitivist" folksingers. His songs are bizarre, childish rants of an
hallucinated mind, accompanied by an out-of-tune guitar and paced
at irregular tempos.
The only precedent was the acid-folk music of the
Holy Modal Rounders.
One of These Days (Emperor Jones, 1999) collects unreleased tracks
from 1966 and 1967.
Oncer (Emperor Jones, 2000) and
A Yellow Flower (Emperor Jones, 2001) mark Proud's return to music
after a 30-year hiatus.
But Proud is mostly reciting his lyrics over spare arrangements contributed
Catch a Cherub (Emperor Jones, 2002) is a
collaboration with Charalambides'
guitarist Tom Carter. Again, the recording belongs more to the arranger than
to the lyricist. Carter sculpts surreal landscapes that, all in all, Proud
ruins with his lifeless delivery.
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