Butterfly Child, who are essentially one man, Joe Cassidy, plus a revolving cast of characters, have a penchant for shimmering dream pop. After releasing a trio of albums and six EPs in the ‘90s, Belfast-born, Los Angeles based, Cassidy quietly released a single, No Longer Living In Your Shadow, in 2012. Now, with a little more fanfare comes the band’s first album in 18 years, Futures.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 November 2015How does one go about living in LA. I’d like to live there please if that’s possible? Butterfly Child’s Belfast born leader Joe Cassidy has managed to end up there via a circuitous route that also included Chicago (that would be fine too). This is the first album in God knows how long (17 years says Ian), and although he was once part of the ’90s scene which also included AR Kane he produces a lush sun dappled pop full of the type of polished, well crafted guitar pop that coked-up record execs used to mistakenly think could be hits in the ’90s. Despite the lush production Cassidy’s voice strains a little on the otherwise lovely ‘Our Delays’ which has some gorgeous guitar spirals. Previous single ’No Longer Living in Your Shadow’ is just as delightful as it was when released late 2012 with guitars that redefine the word plangent and here extended in order to make it even better/longer. Though it sometimes recalls My Autumn Empire’s expensive dad, it does veer a little into Tom Petty territory at times as the album wears on. Early tracks like the very pretty and twinkling instrumental ’Sheets of Whitewashed Sun’ will appeal to those who love the every things ok-tronica of the likes of Tycho but I’m a little concerned by fist pumping choruses such as the one on ‘Shot in the Dark’ and although I’m not going to criticise anyone for song craft, it sounds a little over-cooked at times. Still, there's enough here to appeal to fans of his '90's work as well as folks who enjoy the polish pop of the likes of Engineers.
YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS
- Futures by Butterfly Child
Get alerted to new stock from this artist / label.