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There's some very pretty pastoral psychedelic pop business on this new CD from My Autumn Empire, the one out of Epic45 who's not EL Heath, whose previous 'II' album was quite popular if I remember rightly (nor the one who Field Harmonics - Clint). He's continuing in a similar vein here, a world-weary Syd Barrett-loving folkster just trying to make sense of this crazy world with his hangdog pop songs, revisiting '60s ideas from a slightly self-sabotaging modern angle that reminds me of Sparklehorse (just listen to the detuned radios of 'Afternoon Transmission' for example, surely a sad little nod to poor Mark Linkous) or Grandaddy in places.
In 'Summer Sound' he alternates between breathy Beach Boys-ish harmonies and big, bold verses with a plasticky synth wibbling over the top before settling into a bright haze of synthpop wistfulness. Ultimately what will keep you coming back to this record, though, is the simple fact that these are good songs executed using nice sounds, incredibly lushly realised considering it's home recorded. If you're a fan of thoughtfully constructed psychedelic pop with a heavy '60s influence, you should investigate.
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