Kitchen Cynics – Beads Upon An Abacus (LP)
Label: The Trilogy Tapes
Alan Davidson has been self releasing experimental folk tapes from his studio above a morgue in The Anatomy Rooms in Aberdeen for three almost decades. In typical DIY style Davidson records spontaneously straight onto a rudimentary four track cassette recorder resulting in a formidable Kitchen Cynics back catalogue of lo-fi folk ballads inspired by the stories and history of Aberdeen. Kitchen Cynics catalogue can come across as a tad overwhelming so this compilation from the Trilogy Tapes is long overdue. This is not a typical Trilogy Tapes release, then again in light of their increasingly atypical recent releases, is there such a thing as a typical Trilogy Tapes release? Beads Upon An Abacus is compiled by Jack Murphy and traverses traditional Celtic folk, psych folk, and everything in-between. In true folk tradition of the ten tracks tells its own tale, whether that be about the 1964 Typhoid outbreak in Aberdeen (Dr MacQueen Feeds The Media Frenzy) or about Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron (Beads Upon An Abacus). This is an incredible introduction to the obscure and at times abstruse music of the Kitchen Cynics from TTT that will soon have you digging thoroughly through their spellbinding discography.