After venturing into London to perform at Games For May, they returned to Wales muttering rumours of a new record. So, 'Golden Omens' is upon us. Just what can we expect? Clocking in at just over an hour, 'Omens' is a sprawling two CD set of compositions divided into four parts. What a trip this is, enhancing their growing reputation as an inventive and leftfield nu-pyschedelic band.
With 'Golden Omens', the Scientists continue to demonstrate an amazing ability to offer insightful and witty social observation encased in moments of true beauty. Opening with a shimmering instrumental piece, 'Little Gardens Full of Ghosts' one of many tasteful interludes scattered throughout the album , the listener is invited into the strange world of the Soft Hearted Scientists.
Obvious references to British Psych pop are there for all to hear but Soft Hearted scientists have an uncanny ability to seamlessly and unashamedly move from a catchy chorus 'Shiver Me Timbers' to the dark psych-folk of 'Helicopters of Habershon Street' in a refreshing and innovative style. Yes there is a touch of whimsy here and there but Nathan Hall has an uncanny ability to weave words and melodies into diverse tiny universes to explore.
Probably the biggest compliment I can offer is that when the album ends you want press play and experience the trip all over again. This year we are presented with a double album of Welsh Wizardry from the psychedelic tunesmiths The Soft Hearted Scientists. Quirky, melodic, catchy and very easy on the ear. Perfect for these warm and balmy summer evenings. See all reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
The Slow Cyclone. Jeff Gilbert. Ralf G. Nuno Robles. Jean Christophe Storz. Richard Payne. Purchasable with gift card. Lovely gatefold card sleeve. Artwork by Paul Jones. An error in this first pressing of the album means that there is a pop at the beginning of each disc. Other than that it plays fine! Sold Out. Little Gardens Full of Ghosts Golden Omens Shiver Me Timbers Rue The Day Crystal Coves Reverse Reference Zeds Strange Oceans People Cities and the Silence Helicopters of Habershon Street The Upward Spiral Surferella The Creeps Some albums are so good that you call them an experience.
The Cromlech Chronicles is an experience that just happens to be an album. Skip around those pillars of misbegotten critical ecstasy, however, and the delights pour down like rain - the clear-eyed pop of the Sea Urchins, the clanging guitars of House of Love, the D-I-Y buzzsaws of the Vaselines, the twitchy dance of the Shamen… name and name again speaks for the potential giants of an age around the corner, and if you nurture fond memories of Kitchens of Distinction, Inspiral Carpets, the Soup Dragons and the Wedding Present, step this way.
But the golden age of Sarah Records was only just beginning in , so the Sea Urchins Sarah is as deep into the catalog we can go. On and on, with a vivacity and verve that is absolutely contagious, an updated version of those sixties girl group comps that continue to lionize that age, and addressing many of the same concerns as well. Just from a whole new direction. So, Sharon signed to Cherry Red, and a lot of this is what happened next.
Collector Resources. Ask the Expert. Auction Calendar. Collector Profiles. For the Record. Market Watch. New Releases. Shiver Me Timbers 4. Rue the Day 6. Crystal Coves 7. Reverse Reference 9. Zeds Thursday, January 05, David Bash's Best of International Pop Overthrow, David Bash, asked me to share his best-of lists with the Absolute Powerpop readership so again I'm happy to bring you his lists as well, which are even more comprehensive than my own.
He's gone deep with his main list, plus you get reissues, compilations, etc. Anyway, it's time to give David the floor: Here are my lists of favorite albums of As is my usual custom, I've broken this down into several categories, as I'm just not comfortable ranking unlike entities on one list. Contemporary Categories I. Top Albums Disclaimer alert: I heard A LOT of fine albums this year, perhaps even more than , which surprised me…but even paring it down to was a daunting task.
As anal as I am about my lists and about the year in which releases should be placed, I also try to be sensible about it and take into account the fact that one needs a bit of lag time to become aware of several releases, especially those indie releases which take up most of my list.
Yes, I understand that printing up CDs and especially vinyl is costly, but these days it really is doable for every band because manufacturing houses are all willing to do limited runs of product, particularly CDs, so that a band can do as few as , which should be easy to sell out of at shows, via boutique sites like Kool Kat and Jam, CD Baby, etc…I am very troubled by the possibility some might say inevitability of the CD going by way of the dinosaur, but I feel like I need to do my part, as little as that might be, to keep them alive.
I will say I am encouraged by the number of bands who did release physical product in , so hopefully all will continue to be well with the world. There you are, bands: a little incentive to keep the physical release alive and well. The Explorers Club-Together Goldstar 4. Ulysses-Law and Order Black Glove 8. The Jayhawks-Paging Mr. Proust Sham The Vow-Ghost Writer Slug The Monkees-Good Times! Rhino Champagne-Beach Closed Rock Indiana Aggiungi alla libreria musicale. Ascolto Tracklist.
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