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Its so early in the morning I shouldn’t really be subjecting my ears to anything at all but following a 9.30pm asleep time up again with the lark. This is the solo project of Jennifer Baron who was a founding member of the much-enjoyed Ladybug Transistor. Here is an album of winsome, experimental pop music that takes its cues from the Scottish indie of Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastien throwing in some Beach Boys-like arrangements and Broadcast style retro-future twiddling. The strongest track is probably opener ‘Secondhand Sunburn’ which marries rhodes piano, fuzzy guitars and Hal Blaine drums resulting in a nicely melodic style slice of 60’s retro-ism. ‘Jonquil Place’ is an instrumental piece with nods towards easy listening 60’s lounge textures. ‘Weird Birds and Strange Days’ although pleasant is probably one too many instrumentals for the A side so I’m going to flip over to ‘Soon We See Green’ which reverts back to the Best Coast style pop invigorated by Baron’s sweet vocals. This is a nice album which moves along at a languid pace, reminds me a lot of the late 90’s penchant for exotica exemplified on records by the likes of Stereolab, Adventures in Stereo but with a tentatively home-spun feel where the music sometimes sounds like its going to collapse in on itself.
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