We’re blessed with Stoltz-songs right now: the albums In Triangle Time and The Scuzzy Inputs of Willie Weird, plus here are four songs that didn’t make it onto In Triangle Time but were too good to pass up. They’re certainly varied, sliding between California in the 60s and Liverpool of the 80s. ‘People’s Park’ is a hymn to a San Francisco park created by Berkeley activists in the 60s, inspired by West Coast pop of that time and full of brutally woozy guitar. ‘Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It’, a Californian travelogue with a good English put-down for a title, has the loose, easy feel of Southern pop, so sultry it will leave your shirt wringing with sweat. ‘Redirected’ is pure 60s psych-pop with an Elevators-like warble, plus maximum warped guitar for fried brains effect. Finally, ‘Some Things’ reminds you of Kelley’s obsession with the Bunnymen, its burbling synth and vibrant guitar reminding you of pure Will Sergeant.
These songs, marking an especially prolific period reflect his magpie musical mentality, full of the best influences – and part of his best batch yet.