01. Gone with the Mouse - 5:03
02. A Tiny Book - 8:06
03. Another Nail - 6:47
04. Shoes and Ships - 6:14
05. The Nothing Song - 8:24
06. Me and My Kite - 2:33
07. Just Anyone - 3:30
This double trio group is maybe not as revolutionary as King Crimson's incarnation during the 90s, this group is made of the basic guitar trio and another trio of classical musicians interacting fully. The resulting music is not only charming but also quite interesting.
In 1971, there were plenty of musical possibilities yet unexplored and Tony Durant thought about integrating the strings developing soothing rather between Electric Light Orchestra's first three album and Jan Dukes De Grey's superb, haunting spine-chilling Sun Symphonia. Rather closer to ELO’s sweeter sounds (circa Eldorado) than JDDG’s crazed sounds, the album is a pure pleasure for progheads enjoying string works. Although you can sense the inexperience of the group (only Durant had actually recorded before) and therefore an underlying naivete, the album operates full-charms out on the unsuspecting proghead, even though the album’s inventiveness might not appear at first listen.
Although you will probably find their music very symphonic, the real feel pervading is a rather soft folk rock with intricate (almost medieval) string arrangements. From the opening "Gone With The Mouse" and its marvellous naive pastoral feel, to the fabulous mini-epic "A Tiny Book" with its exuberant feel reminding the better ELO days, where the wise-at-first strings dare go in adventurous demoniac/fiendish grounds. The lyrics throughout the album are hardly innocent or hippy dippy rather concentrating on Mervin Peake’s oeuvre, but do not hold much wickedness, but the album is a must for anyone into Titus Groan.
"Another Nail" is one of two tracks that come from Durant's Louise days (the other being the sub-par Kite), but it is definitely the first inside the coffin of your sanity. Here the girl trio provide a hellish intro before the group takes over, but Bland’s harmonium keeps popping up and the girls come into the group to provide delicious licks on their strings and then outro the track as well.
The second side of the album starts softly on "Shoes and Ship", with the whole thing definitely progressive but staying calm and featuring haunting cello drones on the closing section. When listening to the extensive mini-epic "Nothing Song", one can wonder if Lynne and Wood (of ELO) had not laid their hands on a copy of this album. The closing "Just Anyone" holds a tense suspense where the women are more discrete than on other parts of the album.
This album is yet another just unearthed gems from the early 70’s, just waiting for progheads to stumble on it and carve out a 24-carat reputation.