British ’60s baroque folk artist Nick Garrie playing with Jacco Gardner at Baby’s All Right tonight, Joe’s Pub on Sunday
Jacco Gardner plays his second NYC show this weekend tonight (8/16) at Baby’s All Right (tickets). His take on baroque psych-pop is joined by an actual ’60s baroque singer-songwriter, Nick Garrie. His sole album from that era, The Nightmare of J B Stanislas, is a lost gem that even some crate-digging MOJO subscribers haven’t heard of. From the label:
The story begins with a young Garrie who in 1969 is called by the French label DiscAZ (also home to artists such as Brigitte Bardot and Michael Polnareff), to record a debut album, after they heard some demo tracks that impressed them tremendously. Eddie Vartan (Sylvie Vartan’s brother, and an important representative of the French rock scene) is put in charge of production, for which he seeks the help of a 56-musician orchestra to fill the album with arrangements and melodic lines – and album that its composer had brought acoustic and bare. The result is the “The Nightmare of J B Stanislas” in which the seriousness of Garrie’s melodies, his abstract stories flooded with a Saint Tropez breeze, create a strange chemical reaction with Vartan’s orchestrations, and give way to this incredibly addictive work, an authentic canon of beauty, of imagination, of extravagant arrangements full of fantasy. The end of this exciting dream comes when, few short days after the disc goes on sale, the head of DiscAZ, Lucien Morisse, commits suicide, leaving the album orphaned, with no promotion or plan, which resulted in very few copies every getting sold.
The Nightmare of J B Stanislas was reissued by Spanish label Elefant in 2009 as well as a new album, 49 Arlington Gardens, made with help from a cadre of Scottish musicians including members of Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits, Trashcan Sinatras and The Delgados. You can stream both albums below.
Nick also plays Joe’s Pub on Sunday (8/17) opening for Edward Rogers.
Album streams below.