Various Artists

Marvelous Sound Forms: Twisted Village Archives, Vol. 1

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Twisted Village -- as a record label, a retail store in Cambridge's Harvard Square, and a way of life -- is the brainchild of singer/guitarist Wayne Rogers, and although this ten-track release is nominally a various-artists compilation, Rogers appears on every track. The first four are by his first group, Crystalized Movements, with a 1990 cover of "Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad," an obscure 1968 single by Caleb Quaye (who later played guitar in Elton John's '70s band), being the highlight. This Bevis Frond-like stomper is actually just about the best thing Crystalized Movements ever did. A delicate solo track, "Left Open," and a pair of noisy improvisations by B.O.R.B. follow, with three lengthy and wonderful tracks by the Magic Hour, Rogers' group with fellow ex-CM Kate Biggars plus ex-Galaxie 500 rhythm section Damon & Naomi finishing the disc. These three songs, particularly the demo version of "Jonathan and Charles," are exquisite space rock with more impressive melodies than many of Rogers' other projects, and they're essential for Magic Hour fans. All ten tracks are previously unreleased.

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