Thursday, August 16, 2007
If The Stone Roses had spent the years between their two albums listening to Fairport Convention instead of Led Zeppelin, then they’d have come up with something very similar to I Had A Girl, the debut single from Nottingham’s Soundcarriers.
This song has the gentle psychedelia of Elizabeth My Dear and (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister (or even the hypnotic buzz of Norwegian Wood, from where the single probably gets its title) refracted through a folky glaze and pinned down by a beat that wouldn’t be out of place on a funk breaks album and is simply astonishing.
Even better still is the b-side, Without A Sound, which is driven softly by a piano and captures the come-down of leaving the club at dawn or sitting in the departure lounge at Ibiza Aiport.
Of course, it’s probably nothing to do with that, but this casually brilliant song recalls (to these ears at least) the atmosphere of remorse and hope in a way not heard since The Beloved’s The Sun Rising all those (18) years ago.
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