The Hanging Stars The House On The Hill Great Pop Supplement 7”
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Ged M - Oct 22, 2015
Second single, even better than the first. The Hanging Stars uproot their psychedelic folk roots and head to California to record with Rob Campanella in Lake Hollywood, LA, substituting English restraint for American expressiveness. ‘The House On The Hill’ - a murder ballad inspired by a song collected by Alan Lomax - is framed in a widescreen, technicolour production that screams epic and joins elements of garage-rock, 60s West Coast pop, Morricone soundtracks and alt-country. With its subversive pedal steel guitar and sublime harmonies, it’s a perfect blend of Cosmic American influences. ‘Endlessly Aimless’ is slow and mournful psychedelic pop in a deep shade of blue, while The Stars cover the Gun Club’s ‘Mother Of Earth’ in infectious style, pouring everything into Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s list of classic swamp-blues signifiers including the “river of pain” and the “key to the highway”. Every song a winner!