DJ Harvey has always had the air of a man who does what he likes, regardless of the consequences.
That’s certainly the case with his musical output, which over recent years has veered from the psychedelic stoner rock of the Map of Africa project (a collaboration with Thomas Bullock of Rub ‘N’ Tug fame), to the more electronic, dancefloor-inclined ramblings of Locussolus. Here, he takes on another alias, Wildest Dreams, delivering an album of largely trippy, ’70s-inspired West Coast rock with a decidedly acid-fried finish. It’s a better set than Map of Africa ever was, and sounds like it was recorded at Sunset Sound on the “Strip” back in the early 1970s. It’s loose, guitar-heavy, baggy, wonky, Balearic and, yes, pretty good.
We left the house on the Sunday morning planning to go up to the Bâlea Lake with the cable car. Is was winter and quite a heavy weather down in Sibiu and we tought that for sure there will be no one planning to do the same thing as us. But we were very wrong, the line for the cable car was incredibly long…so we had to give up our plans and just have a nice walk to the Bâlea Waterfalls. Nothing to fancy about it, but mountains with snow are just amazingly beautiful.
To the Praid Salt Mine we went on a January Saturday morning, before starting our trip to the Piatra Singuratică chalet. Very good choice as outside was colder than in the mine and the mine was almost empty, as most turists come during summer time. So lucky us, we had some quiet time to explore the place.