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‘Different Every Time’ is aimed as being an introductory musical accompaniment to an upcoming biography of the same name about Robert Wyatt. The album takes in his career from the early Soft Machine and Matching Mole days through to his solo work and also includes a second disc of collaborative projects including varied work with the likes of Björk, John Cage and Hot Chip. It may serve as a means to introduce a novice to the wonderful world of Wyatt but it’s a meaty one at that, coming in at two and a half hours in length.

The opening ‘Moon In June’, from Soft Machine’s 1970 album ‘Third’, takes up 20 minutes by itself, and is perhaps the finest example of pastoral progressive rock, and how of substance the Canterbury movement was. Beside the following ‘Signed Curtain’ – a track from Wyatt’s following Matching Mole group – it also demonstrates the singing drummer’s versatility as a songwriter, as he introduces a short, postmodern string to his bow, by way of him knowingly mapping out what constitute a song, accompanied by a stark piano.

For the already familiar, it simply cements Wyatt’s position as one of the most original and unique artists to have ever existed in contemporary music. For those who are approaching this album – and Wyatt himself – fresh from the pitch black, that realisation is likely just around the corner as the breadth of musical ingenuity and creative flair displayed on this record is truly staggering.

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