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Remember the name: Conundrum In Deed
Published on February 20th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Next up in Rocksucker‘s series of hearty recommendations comes the vintage psych-folk of Conundrum In Deed. Have a listen, now…
Who are you and where do you come from?
We are Conundrum In Deed, London-based purveyors of experimental psychedelic progrock-with-a-folky-twist for lovers of fine aurality everywhere. Delivered to your door courtesy of Michael ‘the one with the hair’ Sadler (piano), Henry ‘hentai’ Green (bass prodigy, harmony), dbClifford (drums), and Greg Shields (vocals, guitar).
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
As if the introduction wasn’t enough… I hate boxing music into genres and our sound is quite diverse, bringing in elements of 60s psychedelic, prog rock, folk, jazz, classical, and the occasional touch of country. I guess that freedom of form brings us closer to the ’70s prog rock movement. We write ethereal songs interwoven with melodic instrumentals, creating a journey-like experience.
Who or what are your primary inspirations for music-making?
I’m a ’60s nut: David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane, Incredible String Band, and have a deep love for blues. The others come from a solid prog-rock lineage: Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Magma. We share a love of jazz and classical. It can all be heard in the music. Its like one of those ridiculous cocktails you construct drunkenly at 4am when there’s no regular spirits left: everything from the back of the cupboard goes in, and you never know whats going to come out.
Where can we hear your music?
Which have been your music exciting gigs so far?
Our launch at Brixton Jamm in September last year was a major move forward for us (before Dan joined us on drums). The 333 Motherbar Gig in November was also special because it was the first time we played live with drums, marking the beginning of Conundrum In Deed in its current complete form.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
We shall be headlining Heroes, in Camden, on April 28th. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details.
Recommend three albums that we might not have heard of…
Jefferson Airplane’s After Bathing At Baxter’s. This is Jefferson at their best, especially Jorma’s ecstatic guitar playing.
Incredible String Band’s The Big Huge. It’s a spiritual journey as well as a musical one.
Magma’s Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh. Not for the faint-hearted, but everyone else should check it out.
Any other unsigned artists you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
Arhai. These guys played with us at a gig last year and were amazing. Balkan and Turkish folk fused with electronica.
Conundrum In Deed, thank you.