Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day
1970 (re-released by Spinney Records 2000)
[tags: acoustic, folk, 1970]
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I have to admit, that I did not know about the existance of Vashti Bunyan just a week ago but I’m happy as a little child that I found her music because no other acoustic folk record charmed me recently as much as Just Another Diamond Day released back in 1970. I totally, and I mean totally totally, fell in love with her music and I don’t know if I could have ever been as happy as I now can be by not knowing about this masterpiece of acoustic folk music with its lulling melodies, the gentle and cradling voice of Vashti Bunyan and the overall feeling of a better world.
Personally I’m a bit reminded of Haruko as I listen to Vashti’s music because the soft fingerpicking and the hovering vocals are not so different. But to say that they sound alike would not be quite right, because Just Another Diamond Day features many more instruments than just acoustic guitar and so the overall sound is quite different.
Maybe you aks yourself why I write about an album that is over 35 years old and not about a more recent releas. The story behind this is simple, there are only two albums of her and the second one was released 2005 and is called Afterlooking (about which you will read tomorrow here on CFM). After her debut had been released, the press did not see the beauty that lied within it and so the record did not sell and was forgotten over the time and Vashti disappeared from the music world for a very long time. But in 2000 her talent was rediscovered and a re-release of Just Another Diamond Day was realized by Spinney Records – and this is one of the greatest news I’ve missed over the last years. But better later than never.
And so I have a very wonderful pre-christmas season, listening to Just Another Diamond Day over and over and over and…you get it. This is the hell of an incredible folk record and if you don’t know about it yet, you have a perfect present to give to yourself for christmas. You will appreciate it. Play it on vinyl if you want to catch the whole atmosphere! Now go and buy it here and check out Vashti Bunyan’s MySpace.