|Out Of Sinc|
Dave Sinclair — Out Of Sinc (30th May 2018)✹ Canterbury song~writer and keyboard player Dave Sinclair.
✹ STUDIO ALBUM 2018 Engineered Mixed and Mastered in Japan. Dave’s career as a songwriter and keyboard player now spans over 50 years, during which time he has played and composed in various bands such as Caravan, Camel, Matching Mole, and Hatfield and the North. Since his departure from Caravan in 2002 and then relocating to Japan, he has made a series of excellent solo albums culminating in this his latest, where he explores a whole range of musical genres including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Choral, Folk and Pop. This is particularly noticeable in his epic 18 minute long track ‘Home Again’ which he feels surpasses even his best known compositions, ‘For Richard’ and ‘Nine Feet Underground’. Another track ‘If I Run’ goes back as far as 1971 when he was working with Robert Wyatt in Matching Mole. You’ll also find his poignant tribute to Kevin Ayers in the final track ‘Rings Around The Moon’. ‘There are many great musicians playing alongside Dave on this album thereby adding a rich variety of colours, sounds and dynamics.’
Born: 24 November 1947 in Herne Bay, Kent, England
Location: Canterbury, Kent
Genre: Progressive Rock
Album release: 30th May 2018
Record Label: DSINCS~Music
01 Blue Eyes 6:44
02 Back With You 5:21
03 If i Run 6:36
04 On My own 4:49
05 Home Again 17:54
06 Crazie Blue 5:18
07 Island of Dreams 3:43
08 Out World 5:14
09 Rings Around the Moon 5:48
✹ Dave Sinclair — Vocals, Keyboards
✹ Yammy — Vocals
✹ Jim Bashford — Drums
✹ Larry Fulimoto — Bass, Percussion
✹ Akira Nomoto — Percussion
✹ Pye Hastings — Acoustic Guitar (track 1)
✹ Takuya Yada — Guitars (tracks 1, 3 & 5)
✹ John Murphy — Guitar (track 2)
✹ Andy Latimer — Guitar (track 5)
✹ Doug Boyle — Guitar (track 8)
✹ Geoffrey Richardson — Viola (track 5)
✹ Sho Iwaasa — Flute, Tin Whistle (track 1)
✹ Tony Coe — Clarinet (track 3)
✹ Fujio Inoue — Alto Sax (track 6)
✹ Marvin Mots — Cello (track 9)
✹ Nick Sinclair — Nicstick (track 5)
✹ Billie Bottle — Acoustic Guitar (tracks 8 & 9)
✹ Martine Waltier — Violin (track 1)
✹ Derby Cathedral Choir — Vocals (track 8)
Article by: Kevan Furbank
✹ The former Caravan keyboard tinkler is far from Canterbury these days — he lives in Japan — and pops out a solo album every four or five years. He was sacked from Caravan some time back over musical differences but, quite frankly, his solo material is so similar to what his old bandmate Pye Hastings produces these days you’d be hard~pushed to slip a thinly~sliced piece of sushi in the gap between them.
✹ Out Of Sinc is a collection of pleasant but mostly unremarkable ballads — melodic and well produced but relying upon some hoary old musical and lyrical clichés. Too many clouds in the sky, hearts feeling free and reaching for the stars — lines that really shouldn’t come from the pen of a grown man.
✹ Wisely, Sinclair gives most of the lead vocals to a very tuneful young lady called Yammy as his voice is a bit thin and undistinguished, and he is supported by a large cast of musicians including old bandmates Pye, Doug Boyle and Geoff Richardson.
✹ There are one or two interesting moments. If I Run thunders along quite nicely thanks to some busy drumming from Jim Bashford (appropriate name there), fluid guitar solos from Takuya Yada and an appealing instrumental section featuring Tony Coe’s clarinet. Sadly, however, there is some unfortunate use of a Vocoder on Sinclair’s voice — the only way to properly utilise a Vocoder is to take it into the garden and demolish it with a sledgehammer.
✹ The simple but winsome Island Of Dreams has an honest, waltztime charm about it and Home Again manages to remain interesting throughout its 18 minutes. But anyone expecting Nine Feet Underground, Pt2 will be bitterly disappointed — it stays firmly in piano ballad territory, lifted by some welcome guitar work from Camel’s Andy Latimer.
✹ The rest is really too mellow, predictable and unimaginative for my tastes and suggests Sinclair is resting a little too comfortably on his laurels. Perhaps this is the work of someone who wants to take things easy these days — he suffers an irregular heartbeat that two operations have failed to correct. So he is out of sync. See what he did there?
✹ Respect to Dave for continuing to make music after 50 years in the business. But Out Of Sinc shows he’s musically, as well as geographically, far from Canterbury.
✹ Latimer received a Lifetime Achievement award in the 2014 Progressive Music Awards.
✹ That’s one ongoing maintenance task that hasn’t been neglected. The organ fires up beautifully, there just seems to have recently been a loss of output. Dave says that the Leslie connection was probably his fault from when he oiled the generator himself a number of years ago, he believes he might have dislodged a wire or to. However the jack output was fine until about 2 years ago but now nothing. Ideally the entire system could do with a service as it’s been quite some time now. An amazing
instrument though — the sound may have been emulated by less bulky, less weighty more economical digital equivalents but try standing on top of a Nord to get the crowd going!
✹ 1993 Moon Over Man (Voiceprint VP119CD)
✹ 2003 Full Circle (DSincs Music 001)
✹ 2003 Into the Sun (DSincs Music 002)
✹ 2006 Moon Over Man [30th Anniversary Edition) [Eclectic Discs]
✹ 2009 Treasure Chest (Limited CD~R) [DSincs~Music]
✹ 2010 Pianoworks I — Frozen In Time (CRSCNT 001)
✹ 2011 Stream (CRSCNT 002)
✹ 2011 Makino (Single) [DSincs~Music]
✹ 2012 Blue Bread Song (Single) [DSincs~Music]
✹ 2013 The Little Things (DSincs~Music)
✹ 2018 Out of Sinc (DSincs~Music)
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: March 2016. Από thodoris — Απρ 2, 2016. With Richard Sinclair: https://www.hit-channel.com/interview-richard-sinclair-caravan-hatfield-and-the-north-camel/97681
Text by Michael Collins Morton: https://britrockbythebay.blogspot.com/2011/05/caravan-november-1974.html
1214 x 864 Caravan, Keystone Berkeley, November 9, 1974