Andrew R. Burns & The Tropicanas Dreamslop EPFlowers In The Dustbin
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Kev W - Jun 1, 2015
"Think Tame Impala fronted by Syd Barrett", y'say? Well, anything fronted by Syd Barrett will do me, so that's my ears pricked up. Can this debut EP by Andrew R. Burns & The Tropicanas live up to such claims? If we reimagine Syd with a Scottish accent (this may be a debut by this band, but they contain members of Livinston's alansmithee) then you can kind of see where they're coming from.
Lead track 'Coming Back To Erf' is indeed a fine blend of modern psychedelia and more whimsical sounds from the past. The fact that the production makes it sound as though the tape/vinyl is slightly warped works in its favour, and the guitar has a tropical bent to it which is reflected in the group's name. Above all this is a dreamy and melodic guitar-pop song that doesn't quite compare to anyone else, so Tame Impala and Syd is as good a description as any. 'Stinking Ship' could be a lost 45 from the early '60s thanks to its lo-fi production, a hint of doo-wop and more reverb-drenched guitar that seems to be coming from somewhere far off in the distance. Lastly 'Slackjaw (Sdfk)' is distroted dreampop that floats out of the speakers and drifts around the room like smoke, carefully caressing you with its warmth. Weird, wonderful, and an enticing way to introduce yourselves to the world.