Article by KevW
It was back in April that we reviewed the first single from Welsh "singist" Suzi Chunk's debut album 'Girl From The Neck Down', and it's been a while coming but the LP is with almost with us (out on Monday). With Suzi's sultry vocals moving away from the beat-group inspired single 'Look Back And Laugh', more soulful tracks such as 'Probably Normal' and 'No Stone Unturned' are another return journey to the same era, but these have more in common with acclaimed 60s singists Dusty Springfield or Evie Sands. The tracks are the product of the accomplished and experienced pen of songsmith Glenn Prangnell and backed in suitable style by his band Groovy Uncle. The upbeat title-track is a pure 60s pop delight. Living up to State Records motto "records that sound like records", this tip-top selection of tunes are, naturally, best experienced on vinyl, although a download will also be available for those who like their formats pocket-sized.
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The Galileo 7 - Staring At The Sound
Also arriving in our dimension by way of William Hartnell's TARDIS are fellow throwbacks The Galileo 7, led by former Thee Headcoats (amongst others) man Allan Crockford. Their latest album 'Staring At The Sound' follows a more beat-based sound, stopping off for a quick cuppa at the home of garage rock and skipping off to taste some psychedelia, but at all times maintaining a pop edge. This isn't far-out meandering, these are short, sharp, classic sounding vintage guitar-pop tunes with a possible penchant for a Nuggets compilation or two. Organ-led rockers like 'Anna Hedonia' mix it with the backwards intro to the psych-pop title-track. There's a great sense of melody involved here, like on stripped down Merseybeat tune 'The Only One You're Hurting (Is You)'. The music sucks you in like the swirling cover, and it's safe to say that The Galileo 7 are best enjoyed with a couple of, er, let's call them joss sticks.
Stream tracks and buy the album from The Galileo 7's website
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