Explaining a record called 'So What If I'm Standing In Apricot Jam' is a totally futile exercise, and you probably wouldn't believe me if I told you Howard Enyon's brand of acid folk is often sinister and eerie, as if a twee/psych icon had travelled into the future and taken on the neo-folk pagans of today. Really, though, he recalls acts such as Syd Barret, Nick Drake in his 'Five Leaves Left' era and Al Stewart back when he was a bona fide folkie. Lots of acoustic guitars, spontaneously exuberant choruses and frenetic drumming abound.
8/10 Ant D Customer review, 25th April 2015
Love this album. I've waited for years for its re-release after my sister lost her original copy when I was still a teen. Musical, irreverent, anti-establishment and reflecting the attitudes and styles of the 70s. Some will get it, some won't. Shadows and Riff is my all time favourite song and has been for the past 40 years. To now hear this played on a very good hifi (hey, I have a bit more cash than at 13) just blows me away. The riff has so much energy I swear the house moved down the hill. Perhaps it's nostalgia on my part but that's true of any timeless classic. I can't thank Earth Recordings enough for digging back into the past and bringing this album back to life.
4/10 Andrew Customer review, 20th November 2014
I bought this record a month or so back at a record fair. I had heard nothing of the artist before but I was in the mood to buy something that I was in the dark about and the two men selling it to me were lovely people who clearly had a lot of love for Mr. Eynon's work. I hope it says a little of what I thought when I say that this record is now currently stuck between the small space of my wall and my radiator. It has been there for a few weeks now. I tried to get it out when it first fell and once more before I put the heating on for the first time this winter but to no avail. So it shall sit there, for many moons until the radiator gets removed. A lot of record people spend a lot of time and money tracking down "lost" gems, sometimes, somethings should remain that way. But then again you might properly love it, this isn't my cup of tea at all. I hate the term "Acid Folk" and that's what it was sold to me as. Less Jackson C. Frank, more Syd Barrett. I hope it brings joy to those who listen to it though because feeling joy's the best. Xx
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