By: James Goff/Senior Writer
Tis a sad day, as this will be the last music review involving Syd Barrett. The appropriately named Barrett was Syd’s final musical release before his physical release from society. Sometime after this record came out, the namesake and creator essentially left the music world, as well as the world of stardom. He retired to Cambridge and spent the rest of his days painting and listening to jazz. He began once again going by his birth name of Roger, and effectively left “Syd” behind.
I do recall that last time I stated that I believe Madcap more accurately represented his mental state in the last days of his public life. However, that was probably solely due to Octopus being on the record. This one is a bit more tame, although with it comes a slightly troublesome air. Nothing is very chaotic or complex, but just a little melancholy and tired. One of which would Dominoes, where Barrett sings lazily about him and his companion wasting time on dominoes. This certainly isn’t the most trivial of song topics (see Gigolo Aunt). But no matter the words on top of that jangly acoustic and simple piano, Syd puts the listener in his mind precisely.
One more interesting piece of trivia about the man, which is purported to be a somewhat common thing among artists, is that while in seclusion he would burn his paintings almost immediately after finishing them. Once he got out the creative energy he needed to, what need had he for a drawing? I think within that one can see that he was an artist doing what he did purely for the release it brought, and I believe it is clearly evidenced in his music.
Favorite Track: Effervescing Elephant is real fun