Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Mark McDowell and Friends - Breakthrough

Released: 3 Apr 2020
Label: Friends of the Fish (Fruits De Mer)
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Here is a lost Psych gem from a few months ago which somehow passed me by. This is the 6th album from Mark McDowell, of Bristol UK, who is a new discovery for me.

His sound is a blend of Psych pop and more ambient Folk. It opens with 'People Like Us' which is reminiscent of John Lennon and also the more recent band - The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It is my favourite on the album with its strong hooks and Summery Psychedelic melodies.

'Wedlocked' has chilled out vibes and hints of the 90s jangle of Ride. Other highlights include 'Give the Gods' which is still quite folky with added synths and drum beats, making an epic soundscape. The album has some instrumentals too, including 'Starstreamer' which has a distinct Indian feel to it.

'De Facto (Ode to Arthur Lee)' is a beautiful Psych folk song which demonstrates storytelling and has philosophical lyrics. It ends on 'Wedding Song' an honest and heartfelt love song. 

A superb album, which is wonderfully ambient. Perfect listening for Summer evenings.

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