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Ltd coloured vinyl 7" on Fortuna POP! Edition of 500 copies.
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Wierdly the titles on this records by these modern day twee-poppers both (almost) reference the names of recent lady companions of mine....most possibly to rub in my uselessness in such matters. On the A side ‘Joanna’ is a tale of someones deep depression over a kinda perky sorta shambolic strummy shamble. The lady’s voice is so high all the dogs in our neighbourhood have started woofing uncontrollably.
Its produced by Bernard Butler and you have to wonder what on earth must he have made of the drummer. I think I can drum better and I have no co-ordination whatsoever. Still, it makes for the kind of naive indie pop many of you love. Over on the other side is ‘Rachel’s Song’ - the de rigeur indie pop ‘slowie’ kinda sweet - the guitar seemingly strummed by an 8 year old child but its not a bad effort.
Kinda like Allo Darlin’ the first impressions are of hopelessness but something starts to seep through after a couple of listens that suggests that its more than the sum of its parts.
9/10 PurelyHim Customer review, 1st October 2014
This is a single released in the UK in the beginning of September 2014. It is the first 7” from the new album from Flowers. This is one of my favorite tracks from the new album. I wrote about the album already in Vol. 5 Episode 36 and had this to say about the song Joanna, “The drums on this one have the right quick pace like Young does. The guitar work has a fun jangle feel to it. Her vocals are a bit fragile through the whole song. I think that this one is a bit more fun simply because the vocalist makes her voice jump through hoops in the scale with fun highs and lows in the chorus. This track is just the three members of the band playing, no extras. It makes the song rawer than the first single.” My feelings haven’t changed about the song It works very well for me.
The B-side track is called Rachel’s Song. This is a home recording from the group that ended up on this 7” instead of the Rough Trade free CD. It is a short song with just vocals and an acoustic guitar. The vocals are drenched in reverb/echo and give them a floaty heavenly sound. There is a slight addition of a keyboard/organ to fill in the background of the song in the middle but it is almost unnoticeable. The song is called Rachel’s song, I believe, because this is the name of the lead singer. I don’t know if they couldn’t think of a better name for the song or the lyrics have a special meaning for her. Either way, the song is a sweet and simple one.
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