Sinister and odd. These are the two words that spring to mind upon first hearing "Seasons" by David Cain. The record was conceived in 1969, as part of the BBC schools programming for radio and later issued on lp with the intention of providing teachers with a valuable resource for drama workshops. Every time I listen to this record, the strange combination of poetry and disjointed folktronics sends a shiver down my spine. In parts, the music is intensely melancholic, bleak, darkly disjointed and very much at odds with the twisted surreal poetry of Ronald Duncan and Derek Bowskill. What the early stage, school children thought of it, is anyone's guess. Personally, I love this record and listen to it on a regular basis, which must make me, erm, an oddball of sorts. You decide.
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