Galen Ayers - Monument LP (Used)

Galen Ayers - Monument LP (Used)

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NM/NM, vinyl looks unplayed, jacket still in the shrink.

If the last name sounds a little familiar it’s because this is the daughter of the Soft Machine’s Kevin Ayers, Apparently daughter Galen didn’t set out to do music but kinda ended up there (as she stated, “I tried so many things not to be a musician but it just keeps coming back”).  Though she has recorded music before in the duo Siskin as well as recording music with a few of the Talking Heads (Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth but those songs have not been released), it wasn’t until her father’s death in 2013 that she began working on the songs for Monument (she had been her dad’s caretaker in his final years). With the help of producer Paul Simm the songs really began to take shape. It’s essentially folk music but Ayers has an intriguing voice that flutters one moment and soars the next as the song are strong yet very fragile. “Run Baby Run” shows her full talents (as well as her backing musicians) as does the equally as gorgeous “Morning Song.” Elsewhere “Melancholic” could be straight-up Lilith Faire folk/pop but it’s Ayers’ vocals that save it while “U-Turn” might be the most intriguing song on here with nods to 60’s girl pop and the final cut, the title track, draws on her bond with her dad cutting through the pain. With inspiration from her closest hero Ayers dug deep on these songs and it really shows as the songs are deeply emotional but highly listenable as well. It’s an understatement to say dad would’ve been beyond proud. - Dagger Zine

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