SONG OF THE DAY Hand – Shifting Lead

Earlier this month Swiss label Rocafort Records released an interesting compilation record entitled, A Look Into The Evasion Disques Vaults | 1970​-​1973.  Extracting music from the vaults of Switzerland’s Evasion Disques, this new record examines a three-year time slot in the label’s history, bringing out the best funk, soul, psych and folk from the legendary Swiss label.

Created by Gaston Schaefer and François Vautier, Evasion Records was born out of a rebellious 60’s rock band, Les (Faux) Frères.  Tired of being forced by their record company to cover British hits rather than record their own compositions, pianist Eric Christen, childhood friend François Vautier, Gaston Schaefer and Jean-Pierre Skawronski all embarked on the adventure of composing and producing their own work as of their 7th EP.   Extending the experience further, the group then created its own label, Evasion Disques (as in, escaping from the big record companies).  

Today’s song was originally released by Hand, a Swiss trio that got together in 1972.  Unfortunately Everybody’s Own was the only LP the band ever released before breaking up that same year; this record came out on Evasion Disques in 1972.

Shifting Lead initially reminded me of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five with its shimmering cymbals and jazzy beat, whilst lightweight vocals and a psych-based melody gives it an interesting folk-rock feel. Check it out above and if you like the sound of this, check out the rest of the compilation here.

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