The Hellenes are helmed by the Rain Parade co-founder Matt Piucci alongside a whole host of players and guests who have links to the wondrous 80s Paisley Underground scene and beyond. It's a while since we heard from these people but from the sounds of it they are still in thrall to the harmonic likes of Big Star and the Beach Boys but perhaps with some slightly more out there influences of Brian Eno and Soft Machine. Looking forward to it.
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So do I - I love all the animals ...particularly giraffes. Don't like woodlice - if you can count them as an animal. Other stuff I like is the Rain Parade in which leader Matt Piucci debuted many moons ago with the magnificent Emergency Third Rail Power Trip. This latest collective is a much different beast...and beast it is with members of Crazy Horse, Big Star and Brian Wilson band all taking part.
It doesn't take long til I decide that Piucci is mining an extravagant almost overblown take on Big Star here. Tracks like 'Fault' have lovely Alex Chilton-like melodies but are massive affairs with skyscraping guitars and big rock dynamics. A subtler approach might have made the track more emotionally affecting but you can't fault their bluster. 'Better Place' has a melody I enjoy being somewhere between Green on Red and Neil Young but Piucci over emotes a little on the vocal and the magic is lost. The title track is a wild Eno meets Big Star harmony drenched multi part experimental thing which cements my thoughts that the album flits back and forth between straight ahead rockers and a more elaborate complex series of ballads. I like the chords they are using and the cosmic sound they try to attain but I just can't get on with the overblown dynamics particularly on 'The Comet' which veers from quiet ballad to Led Zeppelin style dynamics by way of lots of Eno style E-bow guitar.
It's a valiant effort - ultimately not for me perhaps - but it's an unusual record and taps into a lot of the 70s power pop greats which is always good to see.
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