Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
Track 3 on Side 1 of the LP is “Matilda Mother”, which is a wonderfully evocative ditty about a mother reading fairy stories to her infant child. One feature of the album which was becoming most noteworthy about the album at this point was the dramatic effect of Rick Wright’s organ playing; it might be recalled from a previous post that he was looking forward to introducing a more “classical” feel to the band’s sound. This manifested itself in the swirling, dreamy style of playing which was in fact to form the backbone of the group’s sound for the next couple of decades. This factor should be taken as a given for everything from now on, in the absence of any counter-indication.
Track 4 is “Flaming” which is a frantic piece, but in common with all the songs on the record it is melodic with an attractive tune, and cleverly childish words.
Track 5 is the first of two instrumental (in the sense of there being no lyrics) tracks on the LP, and is called “Pow R. Toc H.” Toc H has, I think some religious significance, but as a Christian I do not know what it is. The piece starts off with a staccato section, followed by some jazz piano, and a couple more typical Floyd interludes, with one or two non-verbal vocals thrown in from time to time. This is certainly an interesting track, but in my view the songs are much better.
Below is a picture I should have put in an earlier post, being my copy of a CD recording of a historic psychedelic gig at which the band had two long tracks recorded before “Arnold Lane” had been recorded, being a version of “Interstellar Overdrive” [see next Pink Floyd post] and a thing called “Nick’s Boogie”.