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Artist: LEWIN, PHILIP JOHN
Title: Diamond Love and Other Realities
Format: LP
Label: Gargoyle
Country: Canada
Price: $22.00
“…The a-side here is late-nite loungey 70s SSW fare with a jazzy/funky flare done to perfection. in some strange time-space filter it comes out sounding vividly real vs. dated/cheesy. He lets the tracks really drift... i havent heard alot of stuff like this. Side 2 is a bit folkier - A Friend of Mine / Hanging Around Waiting are both shorter songs in a Dylan-ish angry folk mold and kinda of break the spell youre under after the stoney looseness that leads up to it. He gets back to it on "Other Realities" and "Drummers Lament" and over-all its a pretty spooky record. The guy is definitely a head, and definitely a weird cat and I really dig where he took this ethereal midnight spaced lounge jazz stuff. Like Justen OBrien + Jake it quickly becomes a much heavier record than you had initially imagined... Toni, the gal vocalist is fabulously cool and lets notes go flat and plays it stoned natural realness. Like tripping with your middle aged neighbor after hes been through a divorce. Mature and sensitive but still pretty weird.... Most unusual and relaxed but twilight zone mix of smooth but not slick lounge jazzy sounds with off key at times vocal, female voice weaving through, cool organ that gets mystical, the opening track "Fear Of Flying: is particularly eerie. Like a soak in a surreal hot tub. Private pressing on Gargoyle records from Canada. Mentioned in Acid Archives.” - Museum of Canadian Music.

"“A perfect hot-tub sound here folks. This is a fully electric folkrock trip with a jammy westcoast feel, with flowing keyboard, jazzy moves and mixed male/female vocals and long instrumental passages played by great lubby pro-musicians. On the private Gargoyle label from mid-1970s Canada. Very obscure 2nd LP from Lewin, and quite different from his debut.” - Subliminal Sounds.
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