Brent Cash is a pop mastermind like they used to make ‘em, building songs with an almost symphonic level of lush detail. He even plays all the instruments himself (apart from the strings)! As you can imagine, all that takes time, so The New High is his first album in five years, but it's well worth the wait if you like Van Dyke Parks-esque vintage super-pop! Out on Marina.
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Which 70's styled singer songwriter resides in the pocket of Ricky Gervais?
Boom and indeed boom. But what is this music actually like I hear you groan. 'Pleasant' is the quick answer. for the longer answer think of all those 1970's singer songwriter types that we hated as children but now secretly enjoy. I'm thinking Andrew Gold and his sort. Brent has a lovely high voice which he uses to construct lovingly crafted pieces of soft rock where every day has a clear blue sky and the only thing you have to do is check if your yacht is ok. I'm pretty enamoured with 'Out For Blood' which has lots of '70s era Beach Boys chord changes (i.e slightly odd) and a lovely burst of a chorus.
Brent Cash is perhaps who Elliott Smith wished he was. Seemingly happy to tinker around with sweet songs sung over an ever present piano referencing the golden age of AM radio. It occasionally becomes a little saccharine and you sometimes wish Cash would get nastier but he's very good at this kind of sweetness, adding jangling guitars at just the right times and ensuring that every chorus has lavish harmonies attached.
Play on a sunny day whilst eating a whole thing of maltesers.
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