In his new band, Leigh Gregory's taking on a Leonard Cohen timbre more than the elder oft Donovan-esque tones. Accordingly, the material is rawer than his solo work (search FAME under his name), but this short anthology of work from 2006-2008 is a final chronicle of that bent before heading towards its EP companion, Imaginary Clouds (here). Quite Early One Morning is in fact, or at least appears to be, the epitaph for the time being to his Gothic signature. From all appearances, it's another try at garnering more attention to work that is gorgeous and personal, unjustly ignored as the radio and alt airwaves go under in a surfeit of corporate nonsense or alt haphazardness.
Often enough lush upon lush, the instrumentation from his backing band is quietly grandiloquent, layered and matrixing, a semi-symphonic tapestry modernly baroque in the subtlest of ways, seemingly 20th century but with flavors of Telemann and Pachelbel, perhaps even Faure, evident. Too bad Gregory wasn't doing this back when the Moody Blues had their Threshold label going, recruiting Providence and other ensembles. Memory's Mystic Band would've been an infinitely more harmonious fit and done much to further that ill-fated venture into diversity away from the mother group. Ah well, timing and Fate always have their odd way in things…unfortunately.
This is one of a pair of EP-CDs issued by Memory's Mystic Band. The other can be accessed here.
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