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1 review »...And here’s another psych-pop record, this time from Maston, Frank Maston, who approaches the ‘60s sound from a hazy, haunted angle which is reminding me a little of the cottony-sounding muffled airiness of Candy Claws squeezed into intelligible song structures with some cheeky instrumentation - nice little brass touches and crazy reverbed organ wheezes pipe up alongside the clearly ... »

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Shadows by Maston
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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 05 February 2013

...And here’s another psych-pop record, this time from Maston, Frank Maston, who approaches the ‘60s sound from a hazy, haunted angle which is reminding me a little of the cottony-sounding muffled airiness of Candy Claws squeezed into intelligible song structures with some cheeky instrumentation - nice little brass touches and crazy reverbed organ wheezes pipe up alongside the clearly enunciated vocals (there’s a touch of Scott Walker to his tones) and warm shuffly grooves.

This guy really loves his reverb. It’s on everything! It’s like you’re walking in on him practicing his set in a big empty church hall. It works for him, though, in a similar way that it works for Deerhunter, helping the music wash over you gracefully in its reassuring mid-paced pleasantness. There’s a nice bit of surfy guitar in the weird grooving instrumental ‘King Conrad’ which is cool, like if Ela Orleans remixed The Shadows, definitely a touch of Plantagenet 3 in that one too. This is followed by another superb instrumental, ‘Flutter’, which is like Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra soundtracking a spy film. These two are making me wish this album had more instrumentals but that’s just my personal taste, there’s nothing wrong with his voice. He could perhaps do with a few more memorable hooks in the vocal tracks but this is a much more interesting update on the ‘60s sound than much of the stuff I’ve heard lately.


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