US - New York - Full Moon 43 - 04/18/00
The Essex Green
The Essex Green
Another offspring from the great, big Elephant Six family. The Essex Green are Jeffrey Baron,
Sasha Bell, and Mike Barrett from the Ladybug Transistor (Gary Olson from the L.T. appears among
the guests), plus Christopher Ziter and Timothy Barnes (related to Jeremy Barnes from Neutral Milk
Hotel and the Gerbils?) and musically they're just down the alley from the folk-pop of Ladybug
Transistor. Which means spring-flavored sunbeams and colorful flower beds all the way.
The Essex Green is a 5 song mini album, opening with the most charming pop song Fabulous
Day, about a crush in the spring. The lyrics fits perfect for spring-time (March, April) right now
here in Oslo:
Outside it's winter weather, the calendar knows
better, somehow it's a summers day [...] As the rain fills the sky, don't ask me why, it could snow in a
moment I think...but it's a fabulous day...
Simply, uh, fabulous. Trees sounds a bit like Jonathan Richman, with more of the naive, airy
folk-pop. On side 2 (yes, vinyl) it all gets more electric and rocking. On the more up-tempo Chester Sasha
sings lead, while on New Orleans they slow down a bit, in a more countryesque way. Both songs are for me
like a mixture of the Pooh Sticks (The Great White Wonder) and Belle & Sebastian. Bald is more of a
psychedelic moment, like, say, what Olivia Tremor Control has been up to on their last records. The instrumentation
is more massive, building up for the grand finale. Nice. Sike-e-delik.
An excellent mini, giving you the right urge to taste some more. Pop for healing your mind if you're all stressed.
Check out their full album Everything is Green (released last October, by Kindercore Records) as well. Fabulous
days: come on, I'm ready!
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