Saturday, 10 March 2012
Review: Wim Oudijk
Wim Oudijk – Tree (Folkwit Records)
Wim Oudijk is a 69 year old Dutch musician, arranger and producer who found commercial success with bands The Navel Orange Choir (1976 -80) and Trespassers W (1984- 2000) and he has since collaborated widely and released a number of solo works.
“Tree” is an ecological conceptual work telling the story of the birth, aging, death and many possible afterlives of a tree. It takes its lead both stylistically and thematically from the works of Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks (think “Day in the Life of a Tree” from “Surf’s Up” and the psychedelic genre juxtapositions found on “Smile”).
Oudijk’s chapters pass from stoned wonderment and amazement at the miracle of the tree - and its self-perpetuation - through the trees felling and then on to marvel at the human race’s immense reliance on wood as a resource, commodity and religious icon. He takes into account the progressive Canterbury Scene, baroque-pop, Latin, classical, folk, psychedelic affectation and a tinge of Zappa to navigate through the episodes – or seasons - musically.
Perhaps “Tree” is a little out of time, hippy-dippy and nostalgic for times passed, but then again aren’t most of the best things?
Posted by Bangs at 3/10/2012 02:31:00 pm