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There’s an awful lot of psychedelia knocking about nowadays which owes a huge debt to ‘60s pop, and Dutchman Jacco Gardner is no exception, deftly crafting a dreamy and drugged out concoction which owes clear debts to the slightly pastoral UK psych-pop sounds made all those years ago by the likes of The Zombies, Syd Barrett, The Kinks, etc.
It’s all very well done, and the songs gently sway and drift their way into your subconscious in a totally satisfying way, with multi-instrumentalist Gardner playing everything but drums in a swirling technicolour procession of organ, piano, harpsichord, guitar and wistful reverbed vocals. The arrangements and warm delivery are reminding me of Connan Mockasin a bit actually, it’s all really slickly presented and precisely thought out. If ‘60s psych revival bands like The See See and The Paperhead are your bag, Jacco Gardner is definitely a name to investigate.
9/10 Eggwood Customer review, 11th February 2016This album is a real treat. Many new psych records try to sound like they were made back in the day and most of them fail to sound authentic - this album doesn't fail. Though in places the bass lines and song structures remind me of Beck's more acoustic albums, this does not detract from the authentic sixties sound. Where this album succeeds is that it captures the sense of English whimsy that was so prominent in music from the late sixties to the mid-seventies. Gardner successfully captures that same fascination with childhood and our Victorian past that can be heard on Sergeant Pepper and early Pink Floyd records. There is a carnivalesque feel to many of the songs, particularly "The Riddle" which echoes The Beatles' "Mr. Kite", whilst his reverbed vocal throughout is reminiscent of Syd Barrett. Though there is nothing particularly new about the instrumentation - harpsichord, organ, mellotron and acoustic guitar feature heavily - it is the way that Gardner blends these sounds together to create something hypnotic and enchanting that makes me keep listening to this album again and again and again. This album is a beautiful thing and belongs in your collection.
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