Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Twilight Nuages - Twilight Nuages (1977)

Monstrous real-people garage-pop dreamer... gorgeous lo-fi working-man songcraft, epic epic pop sensibility. Perfect heart-on-their sleeve vocals from Bill and a few high-school girls, a touch of saxophone here or there, a little organ, sunny day guitar strumming, a hauntingly sweet love song with steel guitar (!!!). Amazing transcendental larger than life quality to it all, like the band thought they were every bit the class act their song-writing conveys even though everything is a little sloppy and endearingly home-spun. It's one in a million, truly, this kind of alchemy - and plays through like a true album. Very very inspired stuff that has just completely bowled me over, with wild crude living-room production and amateur charm oozing everywhere! Don't let the late recording date fool you... this is as honest and tender-hearted as when you first swooned for the Beatles or realized that music might be the saving grace of your existence. Lifts me totally out of my chair and leads me through a starry night of pure imagination and youthful wonderment. Unreal! By Joakim Peso

Here is the almost unknown (no entries in Acid Archives and Pokora's books, popsike details for one auction only) and surprisingly great (yeah!) treasure from 70's private press americana fields... Pop? Yes. With some tricksy ssw and lounge moves. Just melodic well-crafted songs - some catchy and midtempo driving, some lazy floating - one by one, stronger and stronger! With charming male/female harmonies, warm and lighthearted aura, and perhaps the vibe... it's sounding more like late 60's than late 70's... Another one of Twilight Nuages' paradoxes - combination of lo-fi bedroom/garage feel with high professional, strong and delicate, arrangements - some flute, sax, keys, steel guitar - so tasty.
You can skip short intro but the next six songs - it's like.. I don't know.. Terrific pleasure! Six songs divided by little instrumental. And maybe the last song only, with overextended beginning and little repetitive and loud chorus, seems to me not so good. The rest is excellent!
Every new album - it's like terra incognita, like new enigma for music lovers and collectors, always. Even if you already read some reviews before or your friend said you something about... In late december of last year I saw Joaquim_Peso's review on this album, his recent discovery... And now, after my listening experience with this album, I think... What a wonderful find... Congratulations! Great great thanks, Jack.
And of course - my greetings to Bill Last and his scholars! =) By Fluteboy

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Anonymous said...

Hi Liisa
truly i don't see any pop traces here, at least in the common sense of the word.

A splendid folk melodic work with solar and romantic tone, and westcoast influences. If the male singer's voice is not incisive, the female singer has a very splendid voice and best pieces are where she appears. Some pieces are well arranged with adding of flute and sax but some are too much essential. Not a guilt but a more use of flute would have been a better thing.

Thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

...I'm a fan of your blog over years =D


Piet said...

Thanks thanks for all the stuff!!!!!

Please be so kind and reup:
Nick and Nick and the Psychotic Drivers - Same (1988)

Thanks, Piet

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Bluish said...

Lisa, your blog is fantastic!

Paisley Panties said...

Ooh! This is an excellent album! Best music I've ever heard by people who can't sing.

Feq'wah said...

I'm intrigued, i'll have a listen...


Anonymous said...

Song For The Only
Bill Last

You can always walk away from a happy song, sing along.
But the sad ones keep on calling you back for more, for more.

You can always walk away from the happy face, smiling face,
But the sad ones keep on calling you back again, again.

Where do we hide our broken hearts?
Between the lines of some old love song,
Where they don’t belong
Where they don’t belong

Where do we hide our broken hearts?
Between the lines of some old love song,
Where they don’t belong
Where they don’t belong

You can always walk away from the happy hearts, happy hearts
But the broken-hearted just keep on singing their sad, song,
Won’t you sing along?
Won’t you sing along?

Where do we hide our broken hearts?
Between the lines of some old love song,
Where they don’t belong
Where they don’t belong

Great blog, great album, made into my permanent favorites.

Folk Evaluation said...

Pleased to announce an artist authorized, direct-from-the-master-tapes reissue of TWILIGHT NUAGES is now available from Folk Evaluation. Edition of 500 LPs on midnight blue splatter vinyl. Includes a download for the whole album, two never before heard tracks and liner notes from the band and early champion J.D. Fleischer.

Help support the artist by purchasing at http://FolkEvaluation.com. Distributed worldwide by Light In The Attic Records. Cheers!