Peter Daltrey & The Know Escape Running Through Chelsea
Release Date: May 26, 2023
Label: Think Like A Key
In a fresh musical venture, Peter Daltrey, known for his contributions to the seminal British psych band Kaleidoscope, and Mark Mortimer of DC Fontana release Running Through Chelsea, together with the Know Escape.
As one of Britain's finest songsmiths of the 1960s and 1970s, Peter Daltrey's voice continues to convey magic and emotion with a radiance of lysergic lyrical lacquer. His brilliant 60s group Kaleidoscope were one of the great psychedelic groups to emerge from the UK during those heady days. With infectious pop tunes laced with folk-rock jingle-jangle goodness and poetic lyrics that set them apart from many of their contemporaries, Kaleidoscope were vital as was their more progressive folk early '70s incarnation as Fairfield Parlour. The band has often been spoken about with the same reverence reserved for Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett era, despite their lack of mainstream success.
A 50-50 collaboration with Mark Mortimer, formerly of DC Fontana and the Sorrows, who has always been a fan of Peter's work, Running Through Chelsea is sonic expressionism from the two musicians. The songs are "psychedelic" in a sense, without ever falling into the trap of being shoddy xeroxes of past glories. Mortimer, a lifelong fan of British psychedelia and bands like Kaleidoscope and Fairfield Parlour, was determined to avoid simply replicating the past and instead strived for a contemporary record with a blend of edgier moments and more surreal, quixotic elements. This is modern, forward-looking music with a lot of techniques and textures that Kaleidoscope fans will enjoy.
The duo’s collaboration is a lush and immersive blend of varied musical elements. Melding mellotrons, baroque strings, sitars, and Hammond organ with 12-string guitars, woodwinds, brass, and exotic folk instruments from Africa and Asia, a truly unique sonic experience. Embrace this lush widescreen collage of sonic and word alchemy, a kaleidoscopic delight for your ears during these troubled times. It’s the perfect blend of old school talent and contemporary sensibilities. The album was produced by longtime Julian Cope producer Donald Ross Skinner in London and Rick Reil in New York.