Thursday, December 20, 2012

17) Long Slow Dance - Fresh & Onlys (TOP 20 OF 2012)

Long Slow Dance

The Fresh & Onlys
Mexican Summer Records.

As a band renowned for a ragged brand of garage-y psychedelia, it’s funny that Long Slow Dance’s best attribute is its light touch. Surrounding the odd riff-heavy chasm of “Euphoria” we find classic pop songs swooning in details: “Foolish Person” dabbed in sweet echo, “Dream Girls” decorated with some island marimbas and death-slow surf guitar laced throughout the title track. Given the instrumental wares working to compliment Tim Cohen’s poignant lyrics, the album’s highlights – “Executioner’s Song”, “Fire Alarm” – have the chops to haunt just about any competing rock tune this year.

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