R.I.P. Kevin Ayers of the Soft Machine

by Colleen Nika   | 


Psychedelic music sadly loses a legend today – Kevin Ayers, singer and bassist of seminal British act The Soft Machine, has passed away at age 68. Named after William T. Burroughs’ classic book, The Soft Machine are considered pioneers of the Canterbury scene, which mixed progressive rock forms with free jazz. Ayers also went on to establish a lengthy solo career, collaborating with Brian Eno, Mike Oldfield, Neutral Milk Hotel and many other genre-defying artists in a forty year time span. See The Soft Machine’s early track ‘Soon, Soon Soon’ (also titled We Know What You Mean) seen live in 1967 above. You can also stream their 1968 LP, The Soft Machine, Vol. 1, on Spotify – the only one to feature Ayers (who released his first debut solo album the year after).

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