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Monday, October 6, 2014

Cannibal Sea by Essex Green

Brooklyn indie-pop troupe The Essex Green are musical ostriches, stuck with their heads in the sand, refusing to admit that it’s anything other than a perpetually sunny afternoon in 1966 with Buffalo Springfield and The Lovin' Spoonful playing on the hand-held transistor radio. Accordingly, then, their third full-length album overflows with pristine melodies, sugary harmonies, a barely definable sense of heartbreak and. on ‘This Isn't Farm Life', lyrics about The iIllad. Then they go and ruin it all with ‘Don't Know Why (You Stay)’, which combines Gary Numan-style synths and guitars pinched from The Cars; a band from, scandalously, the '80s! That this small step towards brain-mangling future music is so disconcerting is a tribute to how fully realised the rest of The Essex Green's '60s centric vision is.

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