Chris Weisman is a hero of underground pop, creating beautiful tunes that sound like versions of Beach Boys / Beatles songs made casually and in secret by an artist with no need or desire to temper his weirdnesses with any mainstream concerns. Play Sharp To Me is therefore an extremely lovely and quietly psychedelic pop record, released by Feeding Tube Records.
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Chris Weisman has released about a million albums without seemingly bothering my ears at any point. He writes soft and shuffly little songs that sound something like a cross between Elliott Smith and a cushion.
There are loads of them on here all with their own individually unique the Beatles references. Its understated production seems like the product of a man trying not to keep the neighbours awake but provides a very intimate setting for these songs. Sometimes these have lovely 'Friends' era Beach Boys style melodies especially on the odd, jazzy 'Terminal Dice' but mainly they are strum-a-long vignettes that sounds like he's been listening to all those '70s singer songwriters we are supposed to like (Emitt Rhodes and that lot). The intimacy relied on these songs being good and when they are this is a lovely mood piece. 'Dong Dong Davy' has something of the early folky Tyrannosaurus Rex about it and 'Sugar Shack' has some amazing McCartney-esque twists and turns. It's as if someone wrapped the former Beatle in cotton wool in 1970 and told him not to leave the comfort of his farmhouse.
Really nice stuff and if you miss the earlier extremely intimate and lo-fi Elliott Smith this is for you.
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