Set against the austerity of post-modernism, ‘Little Eden’, The Bevis Frond’s new album glows with vintage McCartney-esque couplets; new single ‘My Own Hollywood’ is a stand-out melodic pop gem that perfectly captures the record.
‘Little Eden’ is a psychedelically-hewn panoramic take on modern Britain punctuated with pure pop melodies and beautifully-observed English melancholy that rekindles your love of music – from the harmonies that are oh-so Teenage Fanclub and Lemonheads, to the grunge and awe of Dinosaur Jr.
This is an album that yearns for better days signposted by the brutalism of the housing estates that main man Nick Saloman photographed for the cover.
There’s perspective and retrospective tale-spinning where we wait “for the wonderful world to come” (©‘Start Burning’), an imaginary future soundtracked by the spirit of Arthur Lee, brought into focus with witty wordplay (who else could dot in “sarcophagus” but a former Countdown champion?) on songs that are littered with spine tingling guitar breaks.
Just what you want from “the E17 psych guru.” MOJO
Available on Limited Edition ‘Blue’ Gatefold 2LP and Gatefold 2CD.