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- Faded Eyes by Horsebeach
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I’ve been wanting to write a little something about this shimmering 7” all week and finally, belatedly as I sit at home next to a partially open window with the faint sound of bird song in my ear I am in apt spring like conditions to describe its hazy melancholy.
Now, we all know that there’s a new Real Estate album coming out but it would also be nice if we can have our own British, rainy day version of the New Jersey janglers. On the evidence of ‘Faded Eyes’, Horsebeach could be born to fulfill that role. Its all soft 1980’s jangle shot through a summery late night haze, the vocals are so laid back as to be horizontal and its wandering around with a insouciance that is rare for us taut, wound up Brits.
On the B side the early sprightly strums of Prefab Sprout are very much in evidence on the opening chords before it wanders into a more Smiths-like pattern, the vocals a heavily sedated Morrissey. Here, this Manchester group mine the exact mid-point between the crumbling melancholy of their forefathers and the 80’s referencing strum and jangle beamed in from across the pond by the likes of Ducktails and Wild Nothing. Just lovely.
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