Monday, May 12, 2008
Beautiful Pea Green Boat - Obsessions
Here's some pretty music for a change of pace. Beautiful Pea Green Boat took their name from Edward Lear's poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" and recorded for Gary Levermore's Third Mind label, where they fit in perfectly. If I had to categorize their music I would call it "electronic shoegaze"; their sound occupies the middle ground somewhere between Cocteau Twins and Curve, I think. They had a female vocalist, of course: Heather Wright on these recordings. The instrumental backing was the work of Ian Williams. If you look at a discography of Beautiful Pea Green Boat it looks like they released four albums; while that is true, they are all just permutations of the first album, Obsessions (1987), and accretions of a few additional tracks recorded in the subsequent years. Presented here are all eight songs from Obsessions plus the two tracks from the Third Mind sampler LP Future Tense ("The Vase" and a longer version of "Paper House") (all vinyl rips). Or here.