The lineage here is impressive. Members of Corsica have resided in the Noel Redding Band, the Ophelias, the Sneetches, Dizzy Gillespie's ensemble, John Handy's crew, and others. The liner claims Sight of the Sun as a studio recording but it sounds very much live, spontaneous. The band opened for Arthur Lee & Love's very last performance, and bassist / guitarist Keith Dion produced CDs for both Lee and Redding. Venus Rising gives very strong indications of just how much Arthur affected the group's sound, though there are ample evidences throughout.
Corsica is a classic folk-rock band heavily invested in melody and anthemics, rich with harmonies, well-crafted textures, and more than a few intimations of times gone by. Sandy Poindexter very nicely augments the frequently wistful atmospheres with a forlorn violin somewhat a la McKendree Spring, and the whole sound of the ensemble very closely hits on the edges of mellow rock, though the progressions of songs like Into the Amber keep things much more intelligent than the average MOR type band.
The degree of maturation here may be what most identifies Corsica. The base is 70s flowing into the permutations of the 80s but well enough away from any particular allegiance, thus establishing a timeless quality. Brad Orgeron's resonant voice aids that tremendously, and the blend of the modern "jangly" guitar blent with Byrds-ish syncopations melded into much older traditions keeps the atmosphere floating between eras.
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