'Women lay silent with dreams in their hair' –
This phrase, from the song “The Sisterhood of Ruralists,” is the best way to describe Judy Dyble’s soft and cuddly Folk Rock music on her new Album, “Flow and Change.”
Even when they mature, girls love girl’s music, even more so the more they mature.
Judy’s soft, dark and gracefully aged voice is enveloped by sparkling piano, floating strings, soft keyboards and a quiet rock band.
Sometimes a song does get a bit stronger and louder but the electric guitar is confidently placed at the side of the stage.
Even when a rock warrior like Pat Mastelotto gets behind the drum kit and a rock arrangement dominates a song, the tracks remain lyrical and aesthetic. They are not aggressive or masculine. They are never edgy or wild. But still, even without instrumental extravagance and “prickly” parts, the sweet Sunday morning mood does not fade.
Judy Dyble career began back in the 60s of the last century with the Incredible String Band. She went on to Fairport Convention for their debut album. Then went looking for a new band with Ian McDonald and found Giles, Giles and Fripp who later became King Crimson. The demo recordings from that time were released in 2001 as “The Brondesbury Tapes”. Judy sang on an early version of “I Talk To The Wind” which was released in 1976.
Soon after that, she formed Trader Horne, joined the remains of Delivery and then, in the early 70s, she vanished from the progressive music scene altogether.
In the early 80s she appeared briefly and again in 1997 and 2002 when she joined Fairport Convention on stage at their festival.
Judy Dyble began recording under her own name in 2004 with “Enchanted Garden”. "Spindle" and "The Whorl" followed in 2006, "Talking with Strangers" 2009, "Starcrazy" 2011. She also recorded EPs, download albums and collaborations with other (well known) artists. Truly it seems that Judy really took off end of the 90s.
Harmonious string and horn arrangements float around Judy’s voice, accompanied by bass and piano, the majority of the 10 songs are “ballady” and elegiac, soft and lulling. Instrumental freaks will be unchallenged so they have to surrender to Judy’s fairy voice, which seems to come from Barnaby’s World, and embrace the esoteric world view and expressive love of nature, the melancholy and dreaminess.
Even if younger listeners might slip from the chair in boredom, the older Folk Rock Garde will shed tears of nostalgia while taking in the beholden privacy of this sound pill.
And why not?
Translation by Mark L Johnson