This is Leigh Gregory's latest project. After going solo following the collapse of his Mellow Drunk band, a move that produced two truly fine releases (here and here), he decided to further the dedicated ensemble approach once more, first reflective of the melancholy acoustic dominance of his solo days and now in a more pronounced approach. Imaginary Clouds is a long-form EP, touting six cuts, but I have to say that, while very attractive, it's not the equal of his stellar lushly romantic solo work, though Absinthe lurches heavily in that direction, a ditty of dark pensive moodiness.
The most surprising element in Clouds is probably the selection of the old Edgar Broughton Band's Hotel Room, which is acquitted here with wist, rain, and foggy memories seared into a middle eight electric guitar line underscoring the true sentiment of the song. In some ways, I'm reminded of the transition period Iain Matthews went through after his old Matthews Southern Comfort days and the path to more recent manifestations. There's also more than little Sutherland Bros. & Quiver, and, for those who relish a really good rock-anchored MOR sound, that's good news (listen to SB&Q's Slipstream for a great example from years past), not to mention certain light touches of Pavlov's Dog. In other words, where Gregory once tread the darker deerpath to nighty woods, he's now reversed course and is lurching about in metropolitan eves and boho juke joints.
This is one of a pair of EP-CDs issued by Memory's Mystic Band. The other can be accessed here.
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