Green Seagull take their influences from ‘60s bands such as The Left Banke, The Association and The Kinks, forming part of the growing neo-psych scene in London. Their authentic take on freakbeat and baroque pop makes Scarlet Fever one of the more interesting releases to look forward to in 2018. LP and CD on Mega Dodo.
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We were listening to this in the office yesterday (at my request I have to admit) and to be honest it was doing my head in. The band have all the right influences to ensure that it's something my ears might enjoy but the execution of it leaves something to be desired.
They are blatantly in the thrall to the whimsy of the late '60s - you know that granny-glassed time when men in kaftans wrote songs about strawberry mellotrons or whatever. It's quite pleasant in it's own way and certainly the band have an obvious love for the material but I'm just finding it just too much of a replication of the sounds of the era without the much required added bit of excellence that is needed in order to bring something new to proceedings. I'm enjoying the 12 string sting of 'I Used to Dream in Black and White' where the harmonies are expertly constructed but the song's repetitive refrain exemplifies that the band have little else to offer other than replication.
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