Millfield School - Focus (1973)19 nov. 2012
Contrary to what that gorgeous handmade cover suggests, this isn't really a record to take the dance floor or for boisterous frolicking. Described as an extension of the fanzine edited by pupils of Somerset's Millfield School (the alleged 8-page booklet that comes with the LP), this record is similar to another means of expression, as mentioned by their authors. Things get off to a good start with happy-go-lucky jug band-ish renditions of jazz standards by young ladies. There then follow the standout tracks, two well-crafted folk songs backed by 2 guitars and conga drums ("Beginning or End?", "Moments of Future and Past"). The A-side ends with typically swinging violin-led ballads reminiscent of a carefree 'Tea for Two' vibe, like a leaf floating in the breeze. The B-side is a set of readings alongside a sparse yet lovely musical background. All in all, a pretty record on Deroy, imbued with a somewhat work of art's value and that will seduce those who appreciate an out of date charm.
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Beginning or End?