Debut album by the new band formed by Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce and his wife Lindsey Leven. Folky female vocals atop ’60s-influenced psych-pop and motorik synth-prog.
Like a shinier Stereolab or a more bucolic Broadcast, ‘Seasoned Sun’ also features contributions from fellow Super Furry Animals Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Ieuan and ex-Race Horses drummer Gwion Llewelyn.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 July 2014
I’ve been looking forward to this one as so many of you have been pre-ordering it. You often know stuff we don’t so it would be daft to ignore the excitement. This is a someone from Super Furry Animals plus their spouse playing music comparable to Broadcast and Stereolab. There, thats another 10 orders in the pipe.
Immediately it is clear that this is a very pleasant listen indeed. Certainly opener has the Broadcast/United States of America thing going on though as the press release suggests its altogether shinier and more summery. I’m enjoying ‘Let’s Grow’ perhaps even more. Its a sweet sound and the production nods nicely back towards the ‘60’s lashings of jangly guitars and harmonies. Warm, cosy and very summery.
‘Clean & Serene’ has more of a teutonic vibe and recalls a sugar-fed Ladytron more than anyone. Things take a darker twist on ‘Grey Area’ which features a rather large synth and some very Goldfrapp vocals. They remind me of all sorts of people from The Soundcarriers to Joyzipper to Jane Weaver, American Spring to New Lines. Its certainly less experimental than your Broadcast though their influence is hard to ignore. The album tails a bit towards the end and certain tracks zip over your head but never in anyway unpleasant.
A gorgeous sounding record, its not going to change anyones life but makes for a very nice ear massage on a summers day.
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