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So much stuff, so little time. This is a French psych pop band who sound unbelievably English...as if they’ve just emerged from a thatched cottage in the South Downs to play at the village fete. They use all the correct psych pop reference points; The Kinks, Syd Barrett, The Velvet Underground, The Stranglers, for any self respecting organ wielding pop psychers.
After a sprawling opening Pink Floyd-y scrawl, the first track that truly catches light is the insidious ‘Over The Top’ which sounds rather akin to The Monochrome Set (and that’s not something you can say about every song on the hit parade). ’Pony Tails’ is a nice tuneful 60’s ditty, plenty of shades of Syd Barrett in this one. Elsewhere there are lots of nods to the 60’s bubblegum pop psych of the likes of ? And The Mysterions and The Animals.
Its all rollicking good fun if slightly lacking in variety though they do veer off into a more churning Velvet Underground style at various points. Though for this Barrett worshipper its the wildly seesaw, sing song drunken pop songs such as ‘Why Won’t You Try’ which truly strike a chord.
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