‘Rexford Bedlo’ self-titled album mixing folk, rock and progressive touches(May 21, 2014)
The abundant output and undiluted creativity of multi-instrumentalist Chris Wade exceeds ‘prolific’ and verges on ‘inexhaustible’. With a selection of psychedelia-tinged and progressive folk-rock Dodson and Fogg albums under his belt, he is now one half of a band called Rexford Bedlo, a collaboration with brother Andy Wade, and they’ve released the self-titled Rexford Bedlo album.
This 12-track album follows a familiar path, developing a mix of folk and rock with distinct progressive touches, although with increased acoustic and less obvious electronica. Chris is never one to remain hidebound by genre or style, and along with Andy, this album offers a wide-ranging spontaneous feel with an unforced pace that inspires you to follow. Taking turns with the writing, vocals and lead instruments, the brothers open proceedings with the gentle, acoustic invocation of ‘Hold On’; the calming progression into ‘On and On’ has a more spatial edge embellished by its layered vocals, while the echoing, ethereal ‘Take Your Breath Away’ wanders into your ears with consummate ease.
There’s a sprightly piece of string-driven folk pop with ‘I’m Alive’, and with its more portentous tones ‘I Will Be Here For You’ lays down its reassurance through a pulsing bass line behind explorative guitars. A soothing instrumental ‘Lilly’s Lullaby’ offers a moment of mellowness before ‘Everybody Loves You’ arrives with its meshing combination of guitars, banjo and whimsical vocals, before a somewhat heavier darkness moves with the profounder edge of ‘Throwing Your Life Away’.
Those of us old enough to remember, will recall the name Rexford Bedlo from the early sixties horror B-movie ‘The Raven’ about rival sorcerers and introducing Jack Nicholson as Rexford Bedlo. This album is no horror movie – but it does show sorcerers at work on their craft. Find them here: wisdomtwinsbooks.weebly.com and listen here: wisdomtwinsbooks.bandcamp.com/rexford-bedlo
Reviewer: Tim Carroll