This is very funny. Once I read an interview of Elliott Smith, where the journalist said he sounded like Nick Drake. At that time, I didn’t know Nick Drake, and neither did Elliott Smith. I don’t know if the journalist felt ridiculous, because usually when you say that somebody sounds like somebody else, the purpose is to determine influences and so on. So as I liked this concept of being influenced by somebody you’ve never heard of or simply never heard, when the Studenthouse asked me to give a small biography for the festival, I wrote among other things “Some say it sounds like Belle & Sebastian, some say Leonard Cohen (…). Some talk about names that the singer has never heard of”. I sent this to the person in charge of the bands, and he replied me that he found Orouni sounds like Syd Barrett
!!! I can’t say that I’ve never heard of him or never heard him, of course I love songs like See Emily Play
, Arnold Layne
, or Flaming Lips
that he wrote when he was still in Pink Floyd, but this is definitely not an influence, sorry Thom and Yod :)
So tonight I’m listening to The Madcap Laughs, his solo album, to check what I(t) sound(s) like.