UK, 1971, progressive folk / psychedelic folk / freak folk
Comus – First Utterance: Oh…the magical year that is 1971! This album pulls no punches. It’s unapologetically pagan, especially in its exploration of rape. I can see how it might be unsettling for the modern listener, but just read a little mythology and see how common the theme of ravishment is. And I use the word “ravish” advisedly. I’ve listened to this many times, and each time I listen, I focus on a different aspect of it. This time I focused on the overall impression of the world that I perceived, a world larger than life. Everything in this world is both brighter and darker. The contrasts are more stark, the colors more vivid. Everything about it is more.