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To my absolute horror, this peach of a record has been in stock for weeks yet we have somehow managed not to review it, put soundclips up or rave til we are blue in the teeth about its myriad charms. We are not perfect, we apologise. Put simply, this is a stunning record. If, like me, you are counting down the days until a new Real Estate record, or your favorite ‘60s beat combo is The Zombies or you ache for the kind of psych bands that emerged from the US West Coast Paisley Underground scene of the early ‘80s then this record is for you.
It has in spades the laid back ‘Hoboken’ sound of Real Estate and their ilk, all watery guitars and hazy indistinct vocals. ‘English Rain’ sounds like a meeting of minds between prime era Stone Roses and the Rain Parade, all glorious chiming guitars and ‘60s beat pop dynamics. The record has the perfect blend of songs, between the lazy longing grooves the band have the ability up up the energy levels a notch as on ‘Shark Attack!’ with its surfy guitars and wild drumming. ‘Graveyard’ is majestic choppy hook filled pop, recorded perfectly mid-fi. ‘Sun/Shine’ IS Real Estate, dramatically capturing their late summer evening sprinklers on suburban lawns sound.
The highlight of the entire album is ‘Morning Dew’ which pits Deerhunter and The Sneetches against each other in a battle of tunefulness but every track has its merit on one of the most enjoyable albums I’ve heard in a long time . I’ve read plenty about The Allah-Las being the new US band to watch for retro ‘60s cool but these beat them hands down as not only do they have the sound but they have the songs as well. An absolute gem of record.
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