6:00 AM GMT 22/06/2011
Haunting triumph from one of the lost voices of ‘70s pastoral-pop.
Before the CD reissue appeared a few years ago, tracking down Bill Fay’s sophomore release was a particularly infuriating ordeal. Thankfully, it was all worth it. Despite the biblically foreboding title, Time Of The Last Persecution is a humble affair that eschews the grand orchestral sweeps of Fay’s equally sublime debut and instead offers uncertainty, hope and beauty through the classic four-piece setup. Indeed, it is an album that revels in the live, stripped-back feel of the playing. Fay’s twilight piano vignettes (nine of the fourteen tracks barely break the two and a half minute mark) glow with analogue warmth, each timeless, bucolic gem seemingly nailed on the first take. And then there’s his voice – beaten and bruised, yet full of yearning for a spiritual satisfaction that remains just out of reach. Not bad for a chap who only made two records and earned his living working at a swimming pool.
Posted by Danny_Eccleston at 6:00 AM GMT 18/01/2008
Bill Fay – Bill Fay (Deram, 1970)
Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (Island, 1970)
John Martyn – Solid Air (Island, 1973)