Sam Kogon’s Psychic Tears has the feel of a vintage obscurity that didn’t get its dues in the 1970’s. And yet this is a brand new release! So give it those dues straight away. Psychic Tears is a lively alt-pop suite that fizzes with energy and melody and carries the stamp of old New York. Released by Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 November 2016
Sam Kogon is one of those clever pop guys. He makes the type of extraordinarily twisty clever pop as constructed by the likes of everyone from Todd Rundgren to Chris Stamey to Ben Folds. None of these songs are particularly long which makes for an enjoyable romp through the history of glammy new wave. For example 'Work It Out' which sounds somewhat like a the Nazz outtake rubs up against the T-Rex aping stomp of 'I'm Letting Go' which precedes the brilliant oddball melodic strut of 'Don't Know Now' which has a brilliant tune hampered by a sloppy vocal on the chorus where the repeated title kind of holds the thing back from being something special. Still, this is EXACTLY the sort of thing the DBs used to do particularly on their ignored 'Like This'.
Elsewhere we get shades of Paul McCartney ('Somethings Wrong'), Game Theory ('I Could Kick Myself) and Joe Jackson ('Lincoln Lincoln'). It's crazy, enjoyable stuff - it sounds like one of those Lindsay Buckingham albums where he just does what the hell he likes. I'm pretty sure Sam Kogon is just doing what the hell he likes here. I feel the songs are stopped just short of classic both by unremarkable lyrics and Kogan's schizophrenic approach to songcraft but this is just the sort of album that despite (or perhaps because of the oddball reference points) stands out as unique in todays compressed pop market.
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