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Here we have a Veronica Falls bloke and his new album with The Proper Ornaments From the get go ‘Wooden Head’ is drenched in breezy Velvet Underground summer pop with a little Byrdsian jangle thrown in, with a gentle and lazy sound of hushed Jesus & Mary Chain style vocal and lightly reverbed guitars this is one to enjoy laying on your back and baking in the hot summer sun.
The production is pretty simple and lo-fi but not too much as to be too fuzzy, in places I’m almost reminded of early Teenage Fanclub and moments of Spaceman 3 psychedelia and it’s not an album that comes directly at you from the speakers but one that kind of oozes its way into your ears and warms you up from head to toe. The Proper Ornaments are a band that see things through rose tinted shades, forever cruising down the Sunset Strip in an open top vintage car, generally what we at Norman HQ call “sunglasses indoors music”!
7/10 maxthefunke Customer review, 2nd November 2014
The cover may give the game away. Two very inanimate wooden heads; silent, cold, not looking too happy about life. The same can be said for the themes of this record. There's lots of missed opportunity, dysfunctional relationships and lost innocence on Wooden Head by The Proper Ornaments. A departure from what seemed to me a more optimistic outlook on their previous offering, "Waiting For The Summer" released a couple of years ago. Perhaps austerity Britain, falling living standards and impending power cuts have finally got to the psyche of these lads from Brighton & Hove. There are however several saving graces to this record, notably the underlying menance of "Magazine" and evocative "Summers Gone". Indeed the tunes and the vocals hark back to those golden days of indie, to the late mid to late eighties. One is constantly reminded of Ride, McCarthy and even a William Reid fronted Jesus & Mary Chain on the album closing "You'll See". That title is perhaps a warning to all of us that greater things from this combo may still be forthcoming.
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