The Active Listener Introduces Beaulieu Porch (AL001)

by Beaulieu Porch

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"The Active Listener Introduces..." series is a new digital only series that aims to introduce listeners to artists of a psychedelic nature who deserve a wider audience. Since launching the Active Listener website, I've been exposed to literally hundreds of psychedelic, acid folk and progressive artists that deserve household name status. I've now invited only the very best of these artists to feature in the "Introduces.." series.

Each release will be selected and sequenced by the artists themselves, and the artist's proceeds will be used to pursue further recording and physical product opportunities.

I'm extremely pleased to announce that the first release in the series will highlight the splendid psychedelic baroque pop of Beaulieu Porch.

Since 2011's debut 7" "The Colour 55" on the Fresh and Only's Peppermint Hill label, Beaulieu Porch (otherwise known as Simon Berry) has surprised and delighted in equal measure with two excellent studio albums (both currently out of print, so for now this compilation is the only way to hear these songs), as well as a Christmas single and a prolific psychedelic pop / punk side project in Spider 72. The excellent Sugarbush Records label who recently released The Orgone Box's "Centaur" are also planning a vinyl edition of the first Porch album in the near future.

Recommended if you like: "Sgt Pepper" era Beatles, "Smile" era Beach Boys, The Dukes of Stratosphear, The Orgone Box.

What have the critics said about Beaulieu Porch?

"…effortless hooks spilling out and intimate pop mastery virtually bubbling up at every turn."

"It’s a sort of British version of Smile with full orchestra, Indian instruments, harpsichords…plus bugles and flugelhorns of course"

"If you’re still hoping that one day Nick Nicely might make an album’s worth of ‘Hilly Fields 1892’, then this could be for you."

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released January 22, 2014



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