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Fountayne Mountain by The See See
The album has a tumbling, sparkling ring of bright water theme with cascades of cadence and Byrds' style close harmonies making Fountayne Mountain live up to its name.
There is a strange beginning to the album with Walz, a solid organ instrumental. It is followed by 11 tracks of Americana rock evoking the ghost of Phil Spectre's wall of sound in places, but West Coast style rather than Detroit.
Open Up Your Door is a catchy, summer foot-tapper with Automobile leaning towards The Scripts and a more today sound mixed with yummy guitar.
Sweet Hands is a builder track, layering blocks of sound while Fix Me Up goes retro with a strong guitar backbone and is probably my favourite track.
The mystical vibe of the east, almost sitar flavoured, is conjured up in the title track with keyboards taking the lead and some fine drumming.
A blues ballad trundles into town with Big Wheels, a heart-wrenching echo of past dreams.
Another track that really painted pictures with music was Gold And Honey which reminded me of a Mardi Gras party busting with the excitement of rock 'n' roll.
Sunbleached is back to the melodic, laidback keyboards while Painted Blue has a trance/dance melody and is more in your face.
The album fades out with a Celtic almost Scottish feel that seems a little incongruous, but for me this offering as a whole fairly cries out to be heard in the sizzling sun or the sweet cool of a summer's night.
- Flicky Harrison