Vinyl LP £16.99 IND115
LP on De Stijl.
Well, I’ve listened to this and I enjoyed it so much I slapped the bugger straight on again, the joys of working late after the other boys and girls have gone! Samara doesn’t quite do what I thought she did, this album is stuffed with tender, pacey guitar pop complete with a whisper-y intimate edge that kinda recalls the strummy, jangly style of old early 90’s acts The Spinanes or Crowsdell with a spot of Galaxie 500, a soupcon of mid-period Stereolab, occasionally it also musically resembles lovely little-known French chanteuse Freschard. Don’t take any of those comparisons literally however, it is just the character and homespun production style that leads me to these loose pointers.
The songs don’t vary that much in tempo but really grab your heartstrings, her voice is a breathy, light and sensitive thing indeed and the songs are given some really lovely psychedelic touches by the expert layering of her and her long-term collaborators voice, guitar, bass, violin and percussion all of which is then draped over Steve Shelley’s sympathetic pre-recorded drum track. Some lovely songs here and not much variety in style (see needless eclecticism = no identity) means this is a distinctive and wholly enjoyable record with an inimitable character, check it yo!
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