Tapestry of Delights:
Robert Wyatt formed this group soon after leaving Soft Machine in 1971. He'd cut a solo album, The End Of An Ear, prior to leaving The Soft Machine. David Sinclair had previously been with Caravan; Phil Miller with Delivery (and the short-lived DC The MBs, who didn't make it onto vinyl) and Bill McCormick had been in the obscure Quiet Sun. David Sinclair left during the recording of their debut album and Dave McRae came in as a replacement. The album contained considerable experimentation but it often clicked, particularly on Side 1, on which O Caroline, Instant Pussy and Signed Curtain were the highlights. Indeed, O Caroline and Signed Curtain were so well-liked they were put out on a 45.
Their follow-up, Matching Mole's Little Red Record, was another complex album but it had fewer highpoints than its predecessor. The track that really caught the ears was God Song, but by now personality rifts were pulling the group apart and it split just prior to Robert's tragic accident.
Wyatt was planning to re-launch the band with a new line-up when he was seriously injured after falling from an apartment window. He was hospitalised for several months, but eventually returned paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, to record further solo albums.
Of the remaining Matching Mole members, Sinclair and Miller went on to form Hatfield and The North with former Caravan member and David's brother Richard Sinclair; Bill McCormick went into session work; and Dave McRae joined an outfit called Pacific Eardrum, in the late seventies.
1. Starting in the Middle of the Day, We Can Drink Our Politics Away — 2:31
2. Marchides — 8:25
3. Nan True's Hole — 3:36
4. Righteous Rhumba — 2:50
5. Brandy as in Benj — 4:24
6. Gloria Gloom — 8:06
7. God Song — 2:59
8. Flora Fidgit — 3:26
9. Smoke Signal — 6:37
Robert Wyatt - Vocals, Drums
Dave McRae - Keyboards
Phil Miller - Guitar
Bill McCormick - Bass
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