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Virtually nothing is known about Mourning Phase, who put out an extremely rare, privately pressed, self-titled British folk-rock LP in 1971. From the sound of things, they were a male-female duo, recording…
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Virtually nothing is known about Mourning Phase, who put out an extremely rare, privately pressed, self-titled British folk-rock LP in 1971. From the sound of things, they were a male-female duo, recording for the most part with just one electric guitar and one acoustic guitar. Though many would find the record under-produced, it's a well-written and exceptionally haunting album, built around strong minor folky melodies, the pair's close harmony vocals, and lyrics that are unusually piercing and combative in their stormy, romantic fencing matches. It was reissued on CD in the mid-1990s, though in such a limited quantity that even the reissue quickly became hard to obtain.