A Gift From a Garden to a Flower: A Tribute to Donovan
Talk about aesthetic synchronicity: The softer side of indie pop that emerged in the last decade is strongly rooted in the hybrid of rock, folk and psychedelia espoused by 1960s Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan Leitch. This 18-song compilation, released by local transplant Darla Records, makes the connection quite apparent. Leitch was much maligned by the post-hippie backlash, but his kaleidoscopic oeuvre is certainly due for a reassessment. Like any good covers comp, many of the acts here take liberties with the material. Watoo Watoo remakes “Jennifer Juniper” as Olympia-style Astrud Gilberto; Ciao Bella remodels “Mellow Yellow” into the Beatles’ “Revolution.” Of the lesser-known songs, the best is Screen Prints’ trippy rendition of “Celeste.” Best of all, enough worthy songs were left off this set—such as “Barabajabal,” “Season of the Witch” and “Sunshine Superman”—to fill another volume.