Anton Barbeau is a US born singer songwriter with crazy hair who has quietly been releasing power pop and psych rock and has collaborated with Game Theory's Scott Miller in the past so that makes him ok with me. Here he delivers an EP of one original and three covers one of which is the world's 14796436th version of Big Star's 'September Gurls'.
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Hidden amongst the four tracks here is an original composition by Anton Barbeau. Surely a first for these Fruits De Mer singles. Not sure how he snuck that in. The best thing here though is opener 'Heaven Is In Your Mind' which is a creaking old track from the first Traffic album. A nicely psychedelic offering with those wandering up and down melodies that were so particular to the era. Barbeau creates in a nicely lo-fi style with programmed drum machines and eerie Meek style effects. Barbeau's original the ridiculously titled 'Secretion of the Wafer' fits in nicely - an oddball space psych offering with more than a hint of early David Bowie (more of him later).
His cover of Big Star's ubiquitous 'September Gurls' suffers from the familiarity of the original coupled with a weak lo-fi production but he makes a reasonably good fist of Bowie's 'Scary Monsters'. Barbeau has the sort of voice that reminds me of two of my favourite musicians Mitch Easter (Let's Active) and Scott Miller (Game Theory). Perhaps I should seek out more of his original compositions but this is a nice four tracker that will please fans of the Fruits De Mer ethic.
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