Friday 19 April 2013

Exiles (King Crimson, 1973)

In 1973, King Crimson released "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" with a largely renewed line-up and also a new lyricist, Richard Palmer-James, to substitute Pete Sinfield. The new album - unfortunately the only one  including Jamie Muir's creative percussions - included this song, definitely one of those King Crimson's tracks that carry the listener to Neverland.

Here's KC's line-up for "Larks' Tongues in Aspic".

Slow and dreamy, reminiscent of the early sound of the band, featuring pastoral and spiritual lyrics, this track is really a treat. Robert Fripp's filtered guitar seems to come from a mysterious underworld, David Cross graces the song with his striking violin, let alone the usual profound vocals by John Wetton. I know many King Crimson fans better like other songs from this albums, more experimental and more complex, but I can't help loving the melancholic mood surfacing here and there in the band's production. I'm really unfashionable...

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