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Lagoon blue vinyl.
Mike Gale and his Winchester / Oxford collective return with eclectic indie-alt-prog opus Moon Lagoon, their 4th album in 4 years. Farm Music is a new label run from Farm Music studio in Oxfordshire, known for recording many acclaimed alternative albums (Black Nielson, Goldrush, Danny and the Champions of the World, Electric Soft Parade, The Dreaming Spires, Ralfe Band and Co-pilgrim). Opening track Turn It Around is a clear statement of intent. Gentle acoustic strums swept along by synth and then blown away by power-fuzz guitar; a different Co-pilgrim to the harmony-pop exponents of yore, grittier and more robust, informed by past travails (Gale's recent loss of a parent and an often debilitating agoraphobia) yet resolute and optimistic in pursuit of the yearned-for mythical utopia of the Moon Lagoon. Both the second song, You'll Look Pretty As a Picture When The Acid Rain Hits Ya and title track, Moon Lagoon feed 90s American alt-rock through Copilgrim's pop filter (check the almost Kim Deal-esque BVs). However, it is first single and album centre-piece Cylindrical Fire Escapes which really showcases the ambition of the record; producer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bennett (Dreaming Spires, Goldrush, Saint Etienne, Danny and the Champs) paints an ethereal soundscape of swirling synths and chiming guitars, driven by Andy Reaney's rolling bass and bursts of pulsating rhythm from drummer / percussionist Mike Monaghan (Willie J Healey, Gaz Coombes, Man Without Country, Ralfe Band), and beautifully transcended at the finale by Claire Bennett's soaring vocals.
1. Turn It Around
2. You'll Look Pretty As A Picture When The Acid Rain Hits Ya
3. Cylindrical Fire Escapes (Album Version)
4. Moon Lagoon
5. Thank My Stars
6. I'm Not A Wallflower, I'm The Wall
7. Digging Holes In The Whites Of Your Eyes
8. Wouldn't You Like To Dance?