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Van Dyke Parks: Songs Cycled

Holly Gleason, Paste, 23 July 2013

WITH A NOD to his wonderfully eclectic 1968 debut Song Cycle, legendary arranger/songwriter/producer Van Dyke Parks returns with the postcards from everywhere, Songs Cycled. Whether it's the bucolic Americana of classic '40s and '50s musicals that permeates 'Sassafras', the steel drum and marimba Caribbeanality of 'Aqua' or the accordion-dusted bit of rippling piano of 'All the Golden', the influences are vast and the instrumentation designed to evoke mood, region and an intense musicality.

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