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Obscure Australian singer/songwriter was during the '60s hailed as the Australian Bob Dylan by his publicists vanished into obscurity with one classic album under his belt at the end of the '60s. His deleted obscure 1966 LP eloquently titled Adrenaline and Richard is hailed as a classic of psychedelic pop in the vein of Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, or Kevin Ayers in that it is a quintessential document of outsider art. This scored him fans in collector circles some 30 years later, and spurred his revival and new recording contract for the Emperor Norton label. Given the title Oncer because the album comprises of first-take runs, this delicate collection of songs has the living-room feel of dogmatic lo-fi music, and is simultaneously humorous and chillingly personal. With contributions from New Zealand experimental songwriter Alistair Galbraith these quirky folk-pop songs were record in an intimate context -- an aesthetic that the two artists share and thrive in, and the results would make a free spirit like Jad Fair sound slick. The Syd Barrett comparison is the most fitting as his lyrics seem to sprawl and meander over propulsive rhythm that at times recalls the great Pink Floyd singer's ability to pin his free thought onto simple and affecting music. Highly recommended to those enamored by the sublimely quirky, fumbling charm of Robert Wyatt and Kevin Coyne, this Australian hermit is certainly as evocative, if not crafty as either artist.

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