The Lilac Time Prussian Blue EP Tapete Records 12” EP
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Ged M - Aug 8, 2015
The Lilac Time were always a bit of an outside-their-own-time cult, being the first to line up for the alt-folk revival bus and then waving forlornly as it forgot to pick them up. It wasn’t helped by the hiatus between albums (this year’s ninth album No Sad Songs taking 8 years to emerge). But they’ve also released consistently great pop music and it looks like everyone’s caught up to them at last.
This EP kicks off with the poetic and idealistic ‘Prussian Blue’ capturing their gentle rallying call “Bohemia Forever” in elegant, floaty tones that capture the tranquillity of their new Cornish base. It’s accompanied by three live songs. ‘The Road To Happiness’ from the wonderful 1987 debut album has positive lyrics but an air of post-midnight melancholy, while Stephen sings with a sonorous Walker/Cohen depth. ‘A Day In The Night’ from 1999 is even darker and more searching – “what have I done to my soul?” - with a long psychedelic run-out unlike anything they’ve done before and the EP ends with 1989’s ‘The Lost Girl In The Midnight Sun’, a multi-layered, country-flavoured pop tune on which Nick Duffy shows off his instrumental ubiquity. Out of step with the world, perhaps, but still pastoral, pretty and poetic, and with an undiminished pop sense.