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Bud Petal

Fabric Cordial

Label: Hospital Hill

Format: CD

Genre: Folk

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Bud Petal is the stage name of musician Eran Asoulin. His music has been described as ‘cerebral art-folk’ & ‘the music Lord Byron would be making had he lived in the 21st century’. Bud is a true outsider, a freak-folk wunderkind who has been compared to Syd Barret & Daniel Johnston. But don’t for a minute think him primitive or naive - Bud is worldly & word-wise beyond his years. He was ‘discovered’ when his self-produced first album was pulled from the trash at a local radio station. A self-taught musician from The Levant, he spent his teenage years immersed in the bohemian/DIY art scene of Newtown, Sydney.

His music collides Mediterranean 70s/80s folk pop (Lucio Battisti, Nada Malanima, Aviv Geffen), the Middle Eastern/Arabic music of his childhood (Marcel Khalife, Oum Khaltoum) & from the West: early Joan Baez & elements of free jazz. His voice is a glorious, effortful glissading din with stuttering vibrato. Lyrically you’ll find an oddly surreal, socialist-utopian world with strands of Emile Zola, A. B. Yehoshua, Yaakov Shavtai, Andre Breton, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn & Stephen J. Gould.

The making of Fabric Cordial was a two year adventure. Written in small German towns, cities of The Levant & the inner west of Sydney. It sees Bud Petal create an idiosyncratic world of sounds & stories. Folk songs dressed in screeching sax, free-form guitars, makeshift choirs, droning e-bows & Bud’s mesmerising voice.

Cat. number: HHCD11140744
Year: 2014