Probably the most energising music film you'll see this year, Keyboard Fantasies finds time-travelling, transgender musical genius Glenn Copeland on tour in his seventies, his visionary blend of folk-electronica finally finding its audience two generations down the line.
Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released Keyboard Fantasies in Huntsville, Ontario back in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home-studio, the cassette featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realised far before its time.
Three decades on, the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of a rare-record collector in Japan, a reissue of Keyboard Fantasies and subsequent plays by Four Tet, Caribou and more, the music had finally found its audience two generations down the line.
Probably the most energising music film you’ll see this year, Keyboard Fantasies finds Glenn Copeland on tour in his seventies, captivating young audiences in the UK and Europe, feverishly still writing and spreading a kind of inspirational joy. Half aural-visual history, half DIY tour-video, the film is a timely lullaby to soothe those souls struggling to make sense of the world.