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- Genevieve by Stealing Sheep
Everyone seems to be going ape shit for Stealing Sheep’s ‘Noah & The Paper Moon’ EP so I reckon there’ll be a bit of buzz around ‘Geneviene’, the first single from the trio’s new album on Heavenly. As you may know, they’re from the fair city of Liverpool which has produced many a fine band over the years like The Coral, Big In Japan, The Boo Radleys, The Lightning Seeds and many many more. You’ll be pleased to know that they don’t sound much like the aforementioned bands which makes them hip n’ fresh and all them buzz words.
I lie actually, in a way they do sound a bit like The Coral or maybe The Zutons in the sense that they make bold pop music that seeks to be larger than the sum of it’s parts. The winning element is the Cocorosie style vocal harmonies that effortless glide these mildly adventurous pop songs to a graceful finale.
So A-side ‘Geneviene’ is a slice of San Fran circa 1967 psych-pop with a strong vocal and a stripped back arrangement that brings the claps right to front giving it a much dancier feel than the song may have had before they hit the studio. It’s like Crosby, Stills and Nash innit. The B-side is a remix by Baardsen that I have no opinion on...sorry. I’m an hour away from a mini-holiday and I just wanna get out of here.
7/10 Bob, Brown Leather Jacket Records. 30th March 2015
The A-side ‘Genevieve’ (taken from the album ‘Into The Diamond Sun’), plays like a memory of The Byrds when Crosby still got to have a say, yet owes much to the bands Liverpudlian Psych/Folk contemporaries from the Deltasonic label. A make-shift drum kit of shaker, hand-claps and floor tom provides a spacious stage for west-coast infused lead guitar and politely British melodies to have you swinging infectiously on ; think go-go dancers wearing tea cosies.
The flip track, a Baardsen remix of side-A, does little to teach you more about the band and nor should it (or any remix, for that matter). Sampling owt but the purely organic takes, vocal and clapping, this version is practically unrelatable to its’ donor, favouring some ambient trance and Roland style percussion to create what is actually a far superior cut of electronica than I’ve probably ever heard at any Dalston pop-up.
Bob, Brown Leather Jacket Records.
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