The New Lines are a group from contemporary New York who dream of existing in early 1970’s suburban England. Fortunately for us, they have recorded those, dreams, in which they frolic around within the sounds of psych-pop, eerie folk and library music. Love and Cannibalism is an atmospheric trip and no mistake. Pressed to vinyl in an edition of 300 and released by Feral Child Recordings.
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First up in case you didn't know, Feral Child is the new name for a pretty collectible British vinyl label that we all know and trust. *Taps nose etc*.
The even better news is their debut full length is from this marvellous New York based three piece who make the kind of fabulous '60s influenced pop that goes down about as nicely as a fruit flapjack in these parts. They make authentic sounding vibrant popular music with twisty Syd Barrett melodies and harpsichords straight from the Left Banke songbook. 'Weatherman's Apology' is a lovely slice of charming pop that reminds me of those oddball scientists at the Lilys. "Mass Observation' is where I use up my obligatory Broadcast reference for the day. Though a slightly sad sounding man sings, this uses all the same moves as Broadcast with the pulsating vintage synths, slightly madcap drumming and peculiar twists and turns.
The New Lines are one of those bands who quietly go about their business but are remarkably impressive. Their songs are superbly crafted splurts of psychedelia which after a few spins knaw into your psyche to the point you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. Marvellously crafted baroque psych with a folky swagger. Not to be missed.
9/10 Lord Lucozade Customer review, 3rd December 2016
A psych baroque pop album with jingly jangly overtones. Sounds a bit Syd, Cherry Red and even a little bit Moz in places(when he was good).
Not that The New Lines are simply trading in pop pastiche, they have brought the tunes with them. Side one containing more of that aforementioned jingly jangly feel, while side two sets the controls for the heart of the Psych settee(mercifully Roger Waters free).
Again and again throughout Love and Cannibalism you catch snatches of those heart stopping Morrissey moments that used to be ten a penny on Smiths records back in the 20th century.
It's a shame that so many sites bring out their best of lists so early, this record is going into my top ten straight away and deserves to be heard by a wider audience. Only 300 pressed, get in quick.
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