Friday, August 29, 2014

Top 5 Records (August)

1) under the red sky - Bob Dylan
2) stones in the road - Mary Chapin Carpenter
3) world of strangers - Zoe Muth
4) days of abandon - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
5) return to Bohemia - The Cleaners From Venus

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Palms On Fire - cars EP

Russia is all over the news these days but what about Russian indiepop? So enter Palms On Fire with their joyously twee guitar and girly vocal sound. Their new EP on the eternally brilliant Dufflecoat Records is a journey through sweet pop and delicate melodies. The title track is the pick with its simple yet acoustically intricate melody. "Suitcase" with its retro electronic touches is also lovely, reminding one a bit of 80s children's TV show theme music.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Byrds - younger than yesterday

A tasty mix of country rock and psychedelia, "Younger than yesterday" was The Byrds' fourth album and is packed with interesting songs including the opening pop tastic "So you want to be a rock and roll star" but its only the start of a fine collection.

"Renaissance fair" locks into some lovely psychedelic grooves. The Dylan cover of "My back pages" is simply superb with typical Byrds-esque harmonies. Its an album of many layers with so much to appreciate.