Cander (1985)

Cander was the name of the earliest surviving recording of Laughing Sun. It is a Wud Dictionary term meaning ‘a meeting of friends after a long time apart’.

Here are the considered musings of the Pokstar on the subject of Cander:

“These recordings document a September 1985 cander between Pok, then Simon or Fooog Dinboffin and George a.k.a. Fedax Si-Hulmin. These are sessions where songs written down a couple of years by then were given an arrangement, however primitive our attempts to capture them.

These are teenage ravings at the centre of Pok’s world view, about girls (She’s Beautiful), decadance, paranoia and teachers (We Know You Well), vision and fragility mission statement (Wanted to be a Singer), the loss by genocide of the native Americans and general early eco lament directive for that generation written 1983 (It’s a Blue Sky Don’t Hold No Rain):

“What have we done to the Mother Goddess Gaia?
Why can’t we nestle in her warm aching bosom?”

Indian Summer is a delicate evocation of its subject by George and our friend Ken. Ken sings and George plays acoustic guitar while Simon Pok plays idiosyncratic bongo then lead on Ken’s black Shaftesbury electric.

This was the start of collaborations becoming Laughing Sun, which shone briefly through 1985 and 1986, doing a few gigs around Devon and the Glastonbury ’86 Travellers’ Stage followed by early Ozric Tentacles (Jumping Jon remembers this!).

This period is where we are finding our sounds, following a scent or something, heading for what would become. The simple, pretty uni-chordal We Know you Well is a Mark Drower rhythm style rendition that pursues its theme relentlessly but continuously changing and it is a gas to hear it again.

More early formulations to come.”