Balduin of Switzerland continues to study his favourite two decades at leisure, apparently heedless of all current pop fashions. From the title onwards, his new LP Bohemian Garden is a deceptively clever piece of work. Most of the sense of pastiche lies in the vintage production. Balduin’s straight-faced psychedelic songwriting and composition, on the other hand, are hybrids of so many diverse influences from the 1960s and 1970s that specific comparisons leave an incomplete grasp of what’s going on. Friendly and surprisingly varied stuff here.
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Well it pretty much does what it says on the tin. Winsome harpsichord-led pop that owes everything to the late 60s wandering of the Left Banke and perhaps a bit to the proto Broadcast moves of United States of America.
You'll marvel at how busy the bass guitar is on the opening title track. It's like Phil after too many coffees/a particularly annoying fly. Unable to keep still, it's dancing along to the sort of 60s type tune that could also easily soundtrack going to see the king in olden times. This is bouncy and tuneful and though there is the odd guitar sprinkled in here and there it's mainly based around organ and harpsichord lines.
Blindingly in awe to the late '60s, there's nothing new to see here but if you love that kind of granny-glassed, tangerine skies, tea with the vicar pop music there's acres of it here - all expertly created and dazzling with retro-glee.
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