I wonder why there are so many female singer-songwriters that emerged in the late 60’s and early 70’s, only to release one album of incomparable beauty, then disappear as abruptly as they arrived. From Sibylle Baier to Vashti Bunyan, many of them found their musical inspiration diverted into the humbler pastures of family, love, or responsibility. Some, like Anne Briggs, found the musical hustle too burdensome to bear. It was a different time, that’s for sure. Though the times were a-changin’, women were still gripped by the vice of gender expectation in a way that today’s woman has, to some extent, been relieved of. Regardless of why their output ended, mourning their limited discographies is futile, selfish even. I give thanks that I have the opportunity to listen to even one or two albums by the aforementioned artists and, more recently, Linda Perhacs’ sole release Parallelograms.
Combining fragile and beautifully melodic acid folk with perfectly-rendered electronic effects, this remarkable album consists of what its creator describes as ‘visual music’. Parallelograms has gone on to become one of the most legendary and well-loved recordings of its time. Enjoy.
[ download ] Paper Mountain Man
[ download ] Moons and Cattails