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Sunday 19 November 2023

Jumbo Chords - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning


Although emanating from bands in the second half of the 90s, there is not a hint of Brit Pop on this splendid debut album from the Leeds quartet Jumbo Chords. In fact, there is something very 60s about the band. The base camp is maybe somewhere between UK Guitar Pop and Psych Pop from that decade.

The arrangements are wonderful and complement the various genres they visit. Whether acoustic or electric, there is a real gentleness that allows you to fully appreciate the quality of the songs. The stripped down Angela is great Acoustic Folk embellished by fine harmonies.

Half As Good is outstanding Beatles Pop whilst Tipping Point is enthralling gentle Psych Pop of the highest quality. There is a seemingly deliberate lo-fi quality to proceedings and a real first take feel to the recordings, even though this may not necessarily be the case.

There is also a West Coast harmonic feel to what's on show and the understated quality just grips you. A real demonstration that you don't need bells and whistles to make a great album, just the bottle to allow the songs speak for themselves.

You can buy and listen to the album everywhere. The full 12 songs can also be listened to here.


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