Brit maverick Crayola Lectern is back with a rollicking new album, complete with complex arrangements, a trademark sense of adventure and inspired imagination. Expect soulful wisdom, ruminations on mortality and the deep, transcendent, otherworldly psychedelia you've come to expect from this musical visionary.
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Obnoxious psych pop for people who like horns and a plethora of things occuring in the highest octaves. What could be more fun? I don’t know; I’ve never done acid. Fans of gloopy, synthy, past-due future-pop will find a lot to love in this wacky tour-de-force that recalls things like Jacco Gardner raised far more strictly on baroque pop. As the xylophonic melody of opener “Rescue Mission” gets underway you wonder if they might be about to run out of high notes to play; they counter your fears with a swell of organ and Elton John stylised piano, proving themselves heroes of a very psychedelic cabaret.
This mix of bright, jangly sound and pantomimic drudgery makes Crayola Lectern an interesting proposition, a kind of meeting of two well-worn sounds; the piano “Submarine” sounds truly gloomy, played outside of a limelight, but the bells and whistles occuring around it make it sound a bit sillier, a tad more theatrical. “Giant Moon Up In the Sky” is a sweet folk strum-along given a bleating of accordion and weird, squeaky melodies, eventually offering the usual strand of high and wild vocals. It sounds a bit like the Magnetic Fields taking themselves too seriously for too long, but there’s something charming about it, in the end.
This is other-wordly psych-pop for a very particular music fan, for the connoisseur who likes a good deal of gimmick and whim stirred into their melody. 'Happy Endings' is a blinding light and a gloomy dark place channelled through non-stop bewilderment.
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