A cratedigger favourite for some time, Beverly Glenn-Copeland once released two albums of Joni Mitchell-aping folk-jazz that now go for high prices among collectors. What we have here, however, is a 1986 album recorded entirely on DX-7 and TR-707 that sounds like a strange hybrid of Calling out of Context-era Arthur Russell, new age positivism and post-Blade Runner synth work. The album would be nothing, however, without BGC’s gorgeous baritone. A treat.
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- ...Keyboard Fantasies... by Beverly Glenn-Copeland
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 14 September 2017
Seance Centre are on reissue duties here for the wonderful Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s second record under this name. She made a couple of records in the early 70s, one under this name and one without the ‘Glenn-’, the latter being a refreshing folk song masterpiece, complete with jazzy touches. This one comes some 15 years later - it’s the mid 80s, everyone’s playing the synth now, and the New Age is promised.
Unashamedly embracing the technology of the time, Keyboard Fantasies sees Ms Glenn-Copeland’s sonic palette expand deep into electronic territory with synths, keyboards and sequenced drums coming to the fore. Unlike the mainstream of the era though, she reins it in, keeping her productions soft and the chords calm and still.
The opener is a warm floaty synth dream in song form, her soothing voice offering solace for sore hearts, proper head-on-the-shoulder stuff. ‘Sunset Village’ focuses on xylophone-like percussive synths playing pointillistic harmonic cycles leaving room for a brief vocal segment and plenty of glassy DX7 wanderings. Beats that you’d hear on a chicago house tune enter on ‘Slow Dance’, but as the name suggests, there’s no pump here, just a steady plod through blissfulness. Really great, chill 80s keyboard tunes here with an astounding voice to match, and I’m surprised someone like Music From Memory missed out on something like this.
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