Matt Berry – Summer Sun

15th May 2021 · 2020s, 2021, Music

Here’s a summery reverb-drenched slice of Sixties psychedelia to send the mind spinning back to San Francisco in the Summer of Love.

Except it’s not taken from some Nuggets collection of obscure garage-psych, or a demo from a band whose keyboard player went on to join The Doors (though it very much sounds like that).

It was recorded in lockdown last summer. And it’s by Matt Berry, the English comedy actor who, when he’s not making us laugh, has had a successful parallel career in music for the past 25 years.

His music is far from a vanity project: Berry not only wrote and sang this song but plays every instrument himself except the drums: guitar, bass, synth and a range of keyboards – piano, Wurlitzer, mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Vox and Farfisa organs.

Berry, of course, is better known from some of the best TV comedies of recent times: The IT Crowd (as company chairman Douglas Reynholm), What We Do In The Shadows (as Laszlo, a vampire in present-day Staten Island) and Toast Of London (as the self-important actor Steven Toast). Not to mention The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, where he started out in comedy.

This track is taken from The Blue Elephant, his 11th and (in my view) best album, and his ninth for the Acid Jazz label. It’s not a spoof; it’s a loving hommage, right down to the Ray Manzarek-style organ solo.