Harumi - Harumi
Originally released in 1968, and produced by Tom Wilson of Dylan and Velvets fame, Harumi was a Japanese act that creates some of the best psych-folk around. I hadn’t realized how much better this genre sounds when you can’t understand the words! I’m sure that these lyrics too are filled with the silly and cute, two themes that tend to undermine freak-folk for me. But here, with the music front and center, and the vocals another tone on the palette, it satisfies. Dreamlike and minimal at once. Harumi draw on the past and future for their chord progressions, and create a hypnotic world full of fun and magic. This is what psych-folk should accomplish more often. Ranging from the deep groove of "first impressions" to the more guitar-hyper jams like "Fire By The River", Harumi sets the bar high for Old Weird America.
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