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Monday, 28 May 2012

Record Review - The Moons

Double Vision Love

The Northampton based five-piece return with a release from their upcoming second studio LP ‘Fables of History’, produced by Edwyn Collins. 'Double Vision Love' is a song of unrequited affection which borrows a driving garage-beat sensibility combined with British dreamy popsike stylings. Resonating between early Status Quo, Gary Walker & The Rain, whilst tipping its top hat to Sean Bonniwell’s genius, with a fuzz ridden tribute to garage staple ‘Trouble’ midway through – it’s garage-beat, but with less bite.

To coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the general air of “Rule, Britannia!”, The Moons b-side is a slice of quintessentially British sunshine-pop which conjures up images of rolling English countryside, street parties, and incidentally, twee model villages in Beckonscott. In traditional British fashion, 'English Summer' is a dreamy ode to the weather, or, as is often the case, summertime showers. Here they raid the vaults of the lost art of British songwriting, which is often idyllic and whimsical in style. Their seamless vocal harmonies drift through the quaint orchestrations of The Zombies, as Andy Crofts attempts to recreate the charm of ‘Village Green Preservation Society’ whilst avoiding the pitfalls of pastiche in the process.

Yvonne McKeown

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