It's inaugural release day for Sunstone Records, who proudly give 'All In A Dream' to the world. Balduin is a solo project that's been dwelling in a bedroom out in Switzerland for the last twelve odd years, devoted to the classic tricks of pop music as heard through all the colours of the rainbow: psych, jazz and electronic all make cameo appearances.
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Ltd coloured vinyl gatefold LP on Sunstone Records. Edition of 500 copies.
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At first glance I thought this new album from Balduin was some long-lost bit of '60s psych pop being reissued, but upon closer inspection this is actually a new album, although this chap's obsession with the '60s doesn't stop at the artwork. 'All In A Dream' is full of tightly arranged psychedelic pop that's clearly heavily influenced by the British invasion of the '60s, Syd Barrett, The Beatles, The Kinks, all fairly clear influences here. Thankfully it's more than pure homage, though, since Balduin has a good pop head on his shoulders and an intimidating arsenal of instruments - he plays guitar, bass, mellotron, harpsichord, piano, organ, vibraphone, lyre, sitar, tanpura, harmonium, wurlitzer, drums, tingsha, tabla and percussion here, and the variety of sounds really help give it the widescreen warmth you'd expect from a much bigger-budget offering.
The fledgling label Sunstone have gone all out with the packaging - there's a gatefold sleeve and the record itself is on beautiful multicoloured vinyl, plus there's a download code for those of you with computers. In terms of the music itself, Balduin's ambitious and reverby bedroom pop sound reminds me of other one-man psych-pop machines who've been doing the rounds lately - namely Jacco Gardner (for the formulaic but impeccably realised songwriting nous), with a bit of Maston's dreaminess and Spectral Park's irreverence on tracks like the bouncy instrumental 'Prisma Colora'. There's a bit of Tame Impala in there somewhere too. If lovingly made psych-pop which wears its Syd Barrett and Beatles influences on its sleeve sounds like your idea of a good time, click "Add to cart".
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