An absolutely superb new album from one of the UK’s most underrated mavericks.
Imagine Robert Wyatt, High Llamas, Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Todd Rundgen all in one magnificent human. That’s Crayola Lectern. Superb arrangements throughout, and in common with all the above I suppose, a sense of adventure and playfulness is evident throughout. One of my favourites of the year so far. Simon Raymonde, Bella Union I didn’t get where I am today by going in the right direction, opined Crayola Lectern on the final track of his critically acclaimed debut, The Fall And Rise Of .. indeed going in the wrong direction and getting lost has allowed that extra space to take the dream that bit further into The Zone. Happy Endings is an album of extraordinary music, borne of an extravagance of imagination, unfettered by convention or fashion, poised rather sexily in some other dimension beyond the usual parameters. With this in mind, we have decided to call it psychedelic. Death and love crop up a lot on this LP, with a sacred/profane, soulful/irreverent, silly yet deadly serious wisdom, which recognises the universality of its themes, allowing them to gently explode into your ears. Crayola is reaching out here. The contradictory nature of stuff can be seen in the albums cover image of his grandmother on her wedding day. With this in mind, Happy Endings could be viewed as an optimistic take on death. It’s musick with a “K” . A man in great demand by the cognoscenti as yer go to musical visionary, Crayola Lectern is Chris Anderson with Alistair Strachan, Jon Poole, Bob Leith, Damo Waters and Bic Hayes.