donovan quinn & the 13th month Donovan Quinn & the 13th Month (CD, £11.95)label: Soft Abuse
Donovan's steadily growing reputation as a first rate darkly romantic penman (thanks to contributions to The Skygreen Leopards & solo as Verdure) has culminated with his latest endeavour. Rather than aping or ducking genres, Quinn has crafted a bright spectrum of songs best described as 'American.' Xian folk, languid indie pop, VU cool, loner country & west coast psych are touchstones, with Quinn's singular lyrical abilities & taste for sun-baked song steadily at the fore. Ever the flower bed romantic, Quinn has - at the risk of over-simplification - written a classic "break-up record;" albeit filtered through surrealistic tenderness & riddled with red herrings & feelings of betrothal. Though not exactly lost in a sea of scarves, Quinn is indebted to the vulnerability, humour & bitterness present in the works of Ronnie Lane, Skip Spence, Nikki Sudden & Basement Tapes-era Dylan.
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