Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
This LP has always seemed to me to be the “darkest” of all the ISB albums, but this may be just a subconscious effect of the title. However, there is also a bit of a sense of ancient foreboding in the front cover:
This is a motley crew. To the left stands Mike holding a grotesque mask. A child separates him from Robin, who is seated holding a jester’s rattle. To the right of the picture is Licorice holding a dog. In the middle at the back, between two men, is another woman who may well be Rose, Mike’s girlfriend who became a formal member of the band along with Licorice a few months later. One of the men could be a chap called Malcolm LeMaistre, who joined the band in 1971. The whole tableau is set against the bleak background of a forest in winter. All are dressed in medieval clothes, even the hapless kids.
The music, however, though mainly a bit serious in delivery, is really not very dark at all.