Joss Cope has a musical pedigree that goes back to the Liverpool post punk scene and early Creation Records. He's worked with his elder brother Julian, art-directed videos, campaigned for Greenpeace, and played guitar and bass for a number of bands in recent years (incl. Sergeant Buzfuz and Dexter Bentley). This is his debut solo record, made in Helsinki with a band of Finnish players and friends who fuse together lilting atmospherics, quirky European psychedelia and the louche rock edge of The Only Ones behind Cope’s Kevin Ayers tinged vocals. Socially and world-conscious songs are delivered with a twist of darkness and just the right amount of humour.
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Remember when Julian Cope had short hair and went 'ba ba ba' a lot? Well his brother Joss certainly remembers those times and it's marvellous to hear the Cope dna at work in this album of tuneful psychedelic pop. Joss Cope, as you may know, is no slouch - he was in the early 80s outfit Freight Train and on Creation with Something Pretty Beautiful and of course has played on a couple of his brothers albums. Here he writes the kind of sunny side up psychedelia full of twists and turns that his brother is prone to do when he's not being weird.
Opener 'Learn to Float' is a great confident opener which literally bursts out of the speakers whilst 'Cloudless Skies' sounds unnervingly like something off 'Fried' and 'Scales Falling' starts slowly before erupting into a kind of 'Paint it, Black' chorus. The only real issue is that after a belting start the songs start to plod a bit after awhile and the more it goes on a few bluesy licks start up, still fans of Cope (Ju) and the Teardrop Explodes and the likes of the Cleaners from Venus will be curious to hear this album of English pop psychedelia and I'll say it again... 'Learn to Float' is cracker.
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