Friday, 7 April 2017

The Secret Goldfish - Petal Split

It's fantastic to see that The Secret Goldfish are back and a shame that it's took nearly 17 years to finish their third album, Petal Split. One of Scotland's finest have been well worth the wait, the album is an absolute joy.

You always felt that the band would have been on the Postcard label but for their ages and there is of course, the C86 connection with Fizzbombs. This is however Pop at it's finest. The influences are present Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, at times as though Teenage Fanclub are fronted by Sarah Cracknell.

They can get noisy though and there is that early Garage Rock that they could do. But overall it's the Suzanna Hoffs like vocals of Katy McCullars that make this such a great listen, particularly when it jangles on songs like Good Kissers.

The Riffs on opener, O Pioneers are Power Pop Heaven and there are two inspired covers. Vic Goddard's Outrageous Things is made far more optimistic and the moody cover of Edwyn Collins's  Ain't That Always The Way is inspired.

It's really wonderful to have the band back. Summer Pop with depth, there is not nearly enough of this around. Please don't take so long with the next one.

You can listen to and buy the album here.

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