The Optic Nerve were a group making music in 1980’s New York, but you could be forgiven for placing them in the mid-1960s. This is entirely deliberate: the band apparently hated anything synthesised. They didn’t change their minds either, as Penelope Tuesday was recorded as late as 2005, but still maintains that classic laid-back sound.
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- Penelope Tuesday by The Optic Nerve
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 September 2015
With a title like 'Penelope Tuesday' you should know what to expect. The Optic Nerve hung around New York for a while in 1985 but were purely in awe of the sounds made two decades earlier.
They reconvened in 2005 to mark down new material for a second album which never saw the light of day. These two tracks are taken from that session: 'Penelope Tuesday' is one of those instantly enjoyable '60s pastiches that's hard to imagine being made in any other decade. "Looking cool / feeling groovy" aren't typical 2005 lyrics; the Hollies-like beat pop isn't typical for 2005 either. On 'Here to Stay' they flip easily from the Beatles to the Byrds. This sounds like one of Gene Clark's early compositions with a melody reminiscent of something I just can't place.
Totally retro but it's all granny-glassed fun.
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