Howard Eynon – So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam
“I’m thinking of going to Tasmania to check out the apricot jam” Mick Jagger
“There’s only one moment really, and so long as you’re in it, it’s magic” Howard Eynon
“His Anglo-Australian twang gifting another level of weirdness.. Eynon displays percussive Richie-Havens esque guitar talents to the full” Record Collector
“Howard Eynon managed to create something truly beautiful in it’s bizarreness before almost disappearing completely from the public eye” All Music
“Howard Eynon’s brand of acid folk is often sinister and eerie, as if a twee/psych icon had travelled into the future and taken on the neo-folk pagans of today” Norman Records
Australian singer HOWARD EYNON will be reissuing So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam on Earth Recordings. The digital only release will feature additional new tracks ‘Mad Mike’ and ‘Drury Lane’. On December 3rd and 8th Howard will be heading to the Europe for a run of live dates throughout December which includes two nights at The Old Church Stoke Newington with Fire Records artist Wreckless Eric. Howard will also make an appearance at this year’s Le Guess Who? festival in the Netherlands.
Originally released by Basket/Candle Records, the album was originally released in 1974 and became one of the rarest and most sought after acid-folk records. The album is a bizarre and wonderful acid folk treasure in the vein of wild-eyed geniuses such as Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers, Neil Innes or Nick Drake, although perhaps even more beautiful and mysterious. It’s certainly more unusual, with its colloquial lyrics, acerbic wit and Howard’s Anglo-Australian accented singing voice.
In 1971 he had won the Grand Final of Australian New Faces and became a much-loved solo artist in Tasmania, playing many shows and toured with great artists such as Hunter S Thompson. Whilst a member of the Tasmania Theatre Company, he was asked to write and record a guitar piece for a play, which lead him to Spectangle in Hobart, Tasmania where he met Nick Armstrong, who invited him to record a full-length album.
Aside from writing music Howard also performed in local Aussie dramas such as The Sullivans. Later, he made notable small appearances in both the original Mad Max (1979) and as one of the horse riders in The Man from Snowy River (1982). Not much was known of his whereabouts or activities beyond the early 1980s.
So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam is a bold and madcap record on a par with Paul McCartney’s Ram. The evocative lyrics take in everything from political commentary, to anti-authoritarian jabs, to bright homely humour and deep descriptive stories.