Jesse Harper

Shades of the Midnight Sun

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New Zealand expatriate Jesse Harper (who had played in the Human Instinct arrived in London in 1969, recorded a slew of demos, and regularly supported Andromeda. The ten demos, which make up this album, were recorded live with a drummer and had bass, lead parts, and vocals overdubbed by Harper. Practically a one-man project. And like the Bevis Frond, who followed a similar pathway later, the music is mainly super heavy, washed in phasing with multi-tracked guitar leads battling for attention. The Hendrix approach was very clear. It's all noisy and druggy, with the occasional mellower moment creeping in. Perfect for fans of late-'60s fuzzed-out hard. Yet another discovery from the ever widening crevice of obscurities from the psychedelic era.