Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sam Sklair

More flutey English pastoral panoramas, this time via a South African. I have a real soft spot for Sam Sklair's library work. This little Conroy number is a gem in the rough for sure. A simple woodwind melody winds its way from city to countryside, pausing for tea and the occasional dream-sequence reverie along the way. Fans of Kes and Abstractions of the Industrial North might like this. Skair did loads of these Conroy "theme sets," all in the same uniform white sleeve, so it becomes something of a treasure hunt tracking them all down and differentiating between serial numbers. There are sexier Sklair albums -- "Electroscope" for one -- but this is my favorite.