Debut full-length from The Hanging Stars, a London gang who spent time in California during the recording of the album. Whatever is in the air out there seems to have seeped into Over The Silvery Lake, which stretches itself out in classic 60’s style, as if on a cool-breeze beach. Out on The Great Pop Supplement.
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The Hanging Stars are a good example of English people injecting their sound with swathes of Americana. They never sound quite as laid back as American artists do, there’s always some kind of tension no matter how many steel guitarists are slathered on. Opener ‘Floodbound’ is a case in point; it sits nicely in the mid space between the Stone Roses and Moose with its druggy vocals, guitar arpeggios and countrified lilt. Also benefitting from some Brit tension is ‘Cure Your Ills' - a perfectly played piece of country pop which nods particularly towards the songs and stylings of Michael Head.
The band are fronted by the See Sees and 18th Day of May guitarist Richard Olson who has collated a raggle-taggle collective to back him up. On the Dylan ish ‘I’m No Good Without You’ there are people strumming, wheezing, plonking, plucking and fiddling and it all leads to a rather life affirming folk cacophony. The album highlight is the delightful ‘Golden Vanity’ - a breezy piece of folk that has nods to Pete Astor’s ‘Hal’s Eggs’ album in its gently rocking take on folk compositions. Not far behind is earlier single ’The House on the Hill’ with it’s '60s pop twang. You could compare songs like this to the Coral I suppose but the Hanging Stars sound like they have really been studying the past and have soaked up various influences in order to produce an extremely inspired take on folk rock.
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