Camper Van Beethoven’s delightfully irreverent and musically scatterbrained 1985 debut, Telephone Free Landslide Victory, played like a Dear Abby column for the “Why so serious?” faction of the ‘80s indie scene. Lose track of your friend Bill? They had theories. Got a lawn full of skinheads? Grab your bowling shoes. Nearly 30 years later, not all that much has changed. On La Costa Perdida (The Lost Coast), their first album in eight years, CVB explore their old California stomping grounds and stumble upon a perfect mix of middle-aged nostalgia and youthful yee-haw.
All the uniquely Camper elements find their way onto La Costa Perdida. Standout rocker “Too High for the Love-in” – a tale of mystery kitchen birds and vipers in Sweden – blends pop melody and absurdity with a straight face and marches out on frontman David Lowery’s command, “Bring to me the anti-venom / And make me a sandwich.” Jonathan Segel’s trademark violin pierces through swashes of guitar and percussion on the hypnotic “Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out” and duets with Lowery’s vocals on several cuts.The band rip through “Peaches in the Summertime” – the album’s lone pulse-raiser – revisiting their classic countrified ska-punk style. And for those who still like a little message in their music, Lowery may just have a nugget of wisdom or two left in him. “Know who you are deep in your heart / Before you step into the nebulae,” he offers on gentle, ocean-side closer “A Love for All Time”. It beats a fortune cookie any day.“So strike up the band / Cuz it’s a love, a love for all time,” sings Lowery in the final moments of La Costa Perdida, a sentiment with which listeners will undoubtedly agree. Bill has likely been found by now, and the skinheads probably long ago let their hair grow out, but three decades on, Camper Van Beethoven still remain easy to love.
01 The Pitch
02 Defending the Paint
03 Brand New Name
04 Don’t Sweat It
05 Broken Truces
06 Borrow My Vibe
07 I Need Space
08 Kill My Dragon
09 Let It Be
10 Build Me a Ballpark (Bonus Track)
11 Drop the Bomb (Bonus Track)
12 Something Real (Bonus Track)
13 Pawn Shop Guns (Bonus Track)
14 Family of Four (Bonus Track)
This month sees the release of a new album from Alasdair Roberts & Friends titled ‘A Wonder Working Stone‘ which will definitely rank amongst his most ambitious releases to date as he continues his interpretation of the tradtional music of Scotland and beyond with the help of some of finest musicians about. Included amongst his ‘friends’ are half of Scotland’s most interesting band Tatties Toes in the form of Welsh violinist extraordinaire Rafe Fitzpatrick and drummer Shane Connolly. Also joining them is the inventive guitarist Ben Reynolds as well as a number of other fine musicians. The talented Olivia Chaney also makes a special guest appearance.Robert’s finger style guitar and vocals are unmistakeable from the opening but what takes place around the steadfast helmsman exemplifies the radical nature of the man and his freespirited approach. The opening ‘The Merry Wake‘ strides out in confidence with guitar and fiddle, not untypical, but all is soon transformed as Ben Reynolds steps in with electric guitar announcing a metamorphosis into a jazz inflected chorus and then back with tasty rim tapping rythmns from Connolly…when you think it’s over a deft guitar solo announces a new phase and duet with Chaney. This is by no means a formulaic album there are unexpected twists and turns but Roberts manages to keep hold of that tradtional sound, how he does it god only knows but the word genius springs close to mind.
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