Here is everything as of June, 2015....
-Pat Pierson (editor boy)
ROMAN A CLEF
So, here's something that throws the universe of pop a very strange curve ball. Not that something substantial and genius shouldn't come out of an American-based indie pop collective, but usually, it's a mixed bag.
Surprise surprise... Well, sort of...
A newfound lyrical depth (call it wisdom) ties this beaut of an LP together. Quite the stunner.
(Gare Du Nord)
No Sad Songs
Duffy formed The Lilac Time (a band name he grabbed from a Nick Drake lyric) in 1986 and sought out a more traditional path than The Smiths (no dirges or songs about comas, etc.) and Prefab Sprout (no jazzy chord changes). Between 1987 and 1991 the band created a run of solid timeless British folk pop, despite never having any substantial breakthrough on the charts. Shameful, considering the magnificent highs that some of it scaled. 1989's Paradise Circus and 1991's Astronauts were their most substantial works during this run.
I Love You Honeybear
For the ages.
File Under Pop Vocal
Gary's history dates back to the 1970s with The Flashcubes, who are still a real creative machine this far on. Their 2012 tribute to Roy Wood (Sportin' Wood) aptly showed they were still a force to be reckoned with and had something substantial to add to the 21st century pop landscape.
|Frenay & Son (Nick)
As the cries of the Death of The LP echo across the planet and get blogged about via Bob Lefsetz and the like, it's artists like Frenay who so valiantly remind us that such things are for fools who deny themselves the ability to open their ears and allow that crazy byproduct known as time to be part of their lives. (Yeah, I know it's easier said than done.)
Of course, the great songs are a definite plus. With Frenay you're in good hands.