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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, August 15, 2004
    Ella Guru
    On the road to an alt-country Greenbelt, less than a fortnight away, it's The Handsome Family in the car all the way from here. At the computer, I'm loving the delightfully-crafted songs of Rosie Thomas. And on the midi, further attempts to warm to Lambchop (don't know why I haven't yet warmed to them: the voice, perhaps, the artsy abstraction?).

    Alt-country acts I wish were at the festival but aren't this year: Jim White; Wilco ... hopefully they'll make it there soon, along with the year's major discovery, the must-see Sufjan ...

    Meanwhile Ella Guru, an eight-piece Liverpool band championed by no less a figure than Jimmy Carl Black (who guests on the album) have released The First Album and just now I'm finding that this category-defying music, so mellow and reflective, complements and often eclipses all of the above exceptional artists. It is a world to itself, Ella Guru music, music to luxuriate in, so calming, so whole.