Mark Olson – Many Colored Kite

January 01, 1970



An album that radiates unfettered charms and idyllic
sentiment, Many Colored Kite is Mark
Olson’s most expressive and luminescent effort to date. The ex-Jayhawk/Creekdipper
makes every note seem effortless, thanks in large measure to his pensive vocals
and a penchant for contemplative musings that sets his songs alight. Olson was,
after all, the voice that gave both the aforementioned bands their pervasive sense
of ache and longing, a fragile sound that often seemed as if it might unravel
if given the slightest tug.


Olson’s two solo excursions since the Creekdippers’ demise –
which, not surprisingly, took place at the same time as the dissolution of his
marriage to Victoria Williams, his wife and former musical colleague — retain
that forlorn sensibility. But where his first album, Salvation Blues, was
wholly immersed in tearstained sentiment and misty-eyed remorse, the new record
offers an air of optimism that occasionally even verges on serendipity. Whether
it’s the tumbling melody of “Little Bird of Freedom,” the angelic harmonies
that waft through “No Time To Live Without Her” and “Scholastica” or the
intimate spoken narrative that intersects the lovely “Wind and Rain,” Olson’s
idyllic settings come across like wistful conjecture, thoughts both real and


Consequently, it would be hard to imagine a more sublime set
of songs. Many Colored Kite bears
both a faraway feel and an intimate embrace.


and Rain,” “Scholastica,” ” “No Time To Live Without Her” LEE ZIMMERMAN



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