A notoriously jaw-dropping folk-funk classic, long treasured by the Balearic fraternity, the self-titled LP from the brothers Batteau nevertheless remains a criminally underheard gem. Appealing to fans stuck on scorching blue-eyed soul as well as rich country-rock, here’s the first officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece of proto-Yacht-Rock, remastered from the original tapes.
Like a forgotten piece of baroque folk caught in 1973, Batteaux’s eponymous album somehow sounds magically timeless. A full 45 years after the fact, it remains a mystery as to why they weren’t better known. The lush production and virtuoso playing conforms with the ruling aesthetic of the time – well-crafted, melodic songs performed with precision and balance – whilst the shimmering AOR atmosphere and sun-dappled vocal washes align neatly with the astral harmonies of the Laurel Canyon sunset.
As for the cover, it is a) real; b) the Batteau brothers; and c) certainly of its time…