Anthology Recordings is pleased to present 'Ode To A Rainy Day: Archives 1972-1975', a collection of previously unreleased home recordings from Robert Lester Folsom. The 13 tracks in this collection capture the halcyon, wide-eyed experiments of Folsom who, after going halves in a reel-to-reel tape recorder with a friend, recorded all of this material over college summer breaks in barns, screened porches and bedrooms across Adel, Georgia. Folsom crafts a delicate form of folk-rock, with a knack for penning gorgeous ballads ('See You Later I'm Gone', 'Can't See You'), spellbinding instrumental explorations ('Oblivion') and elements of dusty psychedelia (the farfisa-peppered 'Written In Your Hair' and 'On And On'). There are echoes of Neil Young ('Southern Man' was a favorite cover of Folsom's), Nick Drake and early Fairport Convention in Folsom's form and lyricism, that would later become more realized on his full-length 'Music And Dreams' (1976). Perhaps just as precious as the songs revived in this collection is the youthful sense of excitement and experimentation that has been captured and preserved.
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