Published June 14, 2010
A lot of the acoustic based releases making the rounds this year seem to be following the same tired 60s and 70s template of Neil young/Nick Drake/Van Morrison. The end result of this is that they all seem to have the atmosphere of a stale fart.
At least The Flaming Banshees are trying a something different with their Satan is a Farmer EP, by ransacking 80s new wave and psych rock for its influences instead. Don’t believe me? Then you’ll understand when you listen to tracks such as 1000 Days of Sleep (Echo & the Bunnymen) Morning Makeup (REM) or If You Love Somebody (err… the Travelling Wilburys?).
The EP also puts a lot more effort into the production by adding transient sounds (songbirds, clinking bottles, and rattling keys) that help to flesh out the atmospherics, making it sound more sparkly and retro-fresh than a lot of piddle that’s currently clogging Skifan these days.
- MySpace: theflamingbanshees