The Carpet Knights - "Lost And So Strange Is My Mind"
As the title would suggest, this is Psychedelic Rock, what once might have been called Head
Music. The Carpet Knights music recalls the hay day of Haight-Ashbury (an
intersection in San Fransisco, California), the center of the late 60s hippy universe in the
US. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Procol Harum
come to mind with this combination of vocal and guitar stylings (ample doses of fuzz and
wah-wah) and it is fans of those bands (and that era) to whom I would most highly recommend
this album. Flute is discreetely woven into the mix and is prominent in the first song,
giving the track a Tull-ish flavor. The vocals are have a distinctively late 60s or
early 70s tonality, perfect for The Carpet Knights retro sound. All in all, this is
a very solid album, but it is not really Prog, at least until you get to the last and longest
track, which goes through several sections and various moods. So, although I found Lost &
So Strange is My Mind a very likable album, I woul not recommend it for hardcore Prog fans.
It is good Rock with a decidedly late 60s sensibility, so if that appeals to you, I recommend
checking this one out.