"Rolling Meadows - Songs About Our Past" Vol 2 CD
£6.00

"Rolling Meadows - Songs About Our Past" Vol 2 CD
£6.00

1 The Sweetest Ache - A New Beginning
2 Fat Tulips - Take Me Back To Heaven
3 Mrs Kipling - Rainy Afternoon
4 The Pristines - Shadow In The Sun
5 Po! - Fay
6 Bulldozer Crash - Mrs Robinsons Daughter
7 Confetti - Here Again/River Island
8 Watercolor Sunset - Inernational Pop Star
9 Sugar Plant - Window Pane
10 The Proctors - Snow
11 Slumber - I'll Never Know Another Christmas Day
12 Bulldozer Crash - Sarah Said
13 Sundress - Gone
14 The Pristines - Touch
15 Maylove - Russian Fingers, Roman Hand
16 Fat Tulips - Albie
17 Bulldozer Crash - Something To Hide
18 Shoestrings - Somethings Never Change
19 They Go Boom !! - Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

For those who already know about Sunday Records, this is a smartly crafted, hour-long collection of their early indiepop, and it's a bit more consistent than the scarce Sarah Records comps. The Sweetest Ache gets the plaintive humming going with "A New Beginning", their 1993 song about being "blinded by life" and "wounded by beauty". The song, a perfect first track ever there is one, sets the tone for the consistently quiet, slightly melancholy pop which is to follow. Po!, a group I'm unfamiliar with, do a remarkable song about a gal named "Fay" and Sugarplant comes across like a female-led Velvet Underground. I wasn't that good in chemistry, but it sure seems to me that sadness wrapped in light pop equals sweetness. Among my favorites here are tracks by Slumber ("I'll Never Know Another Christmas Day") and the Proctors (a previously unreleased duet called "Snow"), both of which could be marketed as Field Mice song. The Slumber track has a similar melody as "Willow", but with a strong guitar part closing it out, while the guy from the Proctors sounds pleasingly like a Bobby Wratten ringer. Most of this collection will be essential to anybody who agrees with the "emo" philosophy in concept (i.e. songs should be emotional), but appends, "Just like ABBA and Aztec Camera before us." This is highly recommended if you're looking for a pop record to play repeatedly.


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