violet woods Violet Woods (white vinyl LP, £13.95)label: Great Pop Supplement
Following the quick-fire sell-out of opening 45 "Raw Love" (featured here and still every inch the killer mod groove / dancer of the set) the band have returned with a sparkling collection of tunes which range anywhere from the 12-string jangle of classic Postcard and choicer cuts from the Sarah vaults through dusty East Coast soft psych Americana via the retro synth vibes of Stereolab and Broadcast. The set affectionately recreates the sonic template of the mid- to late-sixties (tips of the hat to the Zombies and Love are strewn effortlessly across the record). Think groovy rhythms, harmoniums and bristling guitar lines - but then toned down, spaced out and re-imagined into a slow-burning, sleepy haze. After two immersive sessions in the analogue Aladdin's cave of London's Soup Studios during the course of a year or so the quartet - led by moonlighting Fuzzy Lights singer/guitarist Xavier Watkins - deliver a 9-track LP that seeks to reconcile and expand the two sides of the group's psych-pop equations. A lovely, consistently strong collection wrapped up in tasty GPS sleeving and limited to just 300 copies so be smart.
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