December 4, 2009

Discovering Roy Harper

The motto here is to find great music through friends and strangers alike and pass it on. So here I am. After reading a wonderful interview with Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes conducted by Pitchfork, I looked up a Roy Harper album Pecknold mentions—Stormcock. Says Pecknold: "Jimmy Page plays on some of it... it's mostly the 12-string guitar. Not chords... just beautiful lyrics. It kind of has this acoustic heavy metal vibe... where he's just playing these intense parts but it's on acoustic guitar." Forty-one minutes (just four songs) and two pots of coffee later, I'm now completely entranced by this "acoustic heavy metal" masterpiece. I hope you will be too.

Roy Harper - "Hors d'Oeuvres" (from Stormcock)


  1. stormcock, really? is that british for contemplative music or is he just talking about having a giant acoustic heavy metal piece of equipment between his legs...

  2. According to Wikipedia, it's an old English word for a Mistle Thrush—a bird. But your definition works too.

  3. A living legend, saw Roy last month live in London..amazing talent!