David West started out in distant Perth before working his way up through various cities (Melbourne, San Francisco) and bands (Rat Columns, Liberation) before reaching New York and this solo album with backing group Teardrops. Cherry On Willow is nice and poppy, feeling like a cheery stroll through some classic tuneful genres. Out on Tough Love.
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David West has been everywhere and been in everyone. Perth, San Francisco and New York, Rat Columns, Total Control and Lace Curtain. Here he makes and album of grimy and grungy lo-fi that suggests Marc Bolan has been dug up covered in soil and handed his stratocaster. These songs are just like the early T-Rex in that they are obsessed by both rock 'n' roll and making things go a bit weird.
'Morning Rain' sets the scene with a rollicking Parquet Courts-a-like tune that soon veers off piste with a weird needle-trapped chorus. He's best with tuneful strums such as 'Reds For the Blues' with it's Lou Reed lollop and breezy demeanour suggesting that he could be the new *(curly haired guy)* but he's got to cut out the bluesy riffs that tarnish this and a few other tracks as we all know that bluesy riffs are rubbish and should be left at Clapton's door. Cut this out and this is fine. Perhaps fans of Ultimate Painting might enjoy the strummy bits.
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