Friday, June 14, 2024

Oakfarm grow and harvest on Oakfarm

While the name Oakfarm might evoke images of a bucolic, rural paradise, it’s actually a German trio who have released a very worthwhile debut album under their own name. This debut offering is rich with their unique spin on the intense fusion of psychedelic rock and blues. 

The opening track, ‘What If’ may confuse at first with the gentle acoustic (and possible theremin?) intro, but it builds nicely into a fascinating song with a folksy feel but always at the behest of the rock that waits to pounce. It reminds me of the freedom and eclecticism that Socrates Drank The Conium (a Greek band with a great debut too) has and is topped off with an inventive (non-widdly) guitar solo. Then the spirit of Mountain appears in the staccato delight that is the second track, ‘Reason.’

‘Sombre Vita’ lulls before the heavy returns and carries on in err, ‘Carry On’. ‘Friends’ has depth and colour that veers from Bolan to Blackmore. ‘Let It Breathe’ has a great bass intro leading to a varied tempo and weight song that is fascinating to unpick.

The eight-minute closing track, ‘The Melody’ showcases this adept trio at full creative power as they go hard, soft, rock, and blues with the title very apt as the Cream textures seamlessly fit with the wholly original sound.

This is a hugely enjoyable album for lovers of the late 60s/early 70s sound and feel but with a bang up to date, skilful set of musicians bringing their unique personalities into play so well.

Well worth seeking out and buying… it’s out now.

Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to have retired early & I can now take full advantage of the 40+ years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!

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