Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The Young Sinclairs EP on Planting Seeds Records
The Young Sinclairs are filling a space the Fresh and Onlys left behind, not that those guys went anywhere, although I haven't heard of any new singles of full lengths lately. In the ongoing search for new psych that has included The Resonars and The Paperhead, The Young Sinclairs have come up a few times now after hearing their first single in 2011 on Planting Seeds who believe in them so much they put out this latest a few months ago.
"You Know Where to Find me" has their slick warm acoustic guitars with twinkle and swishy jangle that sets up the foundation for the reverb twang of a big electric melody. It's the reverb tight vocal
that reminds me of the Fresh and Onlys sound, these guys don't go as experimental in their instrumentation to push those boundaries of various echoes, but instead focus on the intricacies of the pop rhythm and melody. That echo is even more like the Art Museums but these guys soar around with a real depth in production updating that '60s smooth garage sound present in every one of their singles so far.
"Too Young" opens with a weird rhythm; a smack on the wood block with rim shots on conga drums while that acoustic is back, working smooth magic in the back of this harmony centered track which feels like the focus. They seem to be able to write tracks just around the vocal. Give them a few chords to work with and they've got a classic pop song from that glint in their eye. Bringing up those nostalgic sentiments, setting up that melancholy moment that brings up the past and looks forward at the same time. The two in this track are are too young to be in love. I hear that the Art Museums picked up rock instruments and wrote sweet harmony into their off kilter pop. The Young Sinclairs have piles of this sound and continue to have 7 inches thrown at them.
B-Side's "Ear to the Ground" has a bit of a Gimmie Shelter melody and the paisley is strong on this one with an old piano playing a role in this one, found in the corner, banging out a couple of chords between takes were probably the impetus for this one. Drag it under the mics and off they went balancing that cool jangle with warm two part vocal. They seem to have developed a niche for themselves not referencing the exact original stuff like Paul Messis, creating a shocking near perfect copy in thought and sound, but instead carefully dragging it forward, hand holding this sound with a few new tricks, but like punk there's a right way to do this and it's apparent immediately these guys know what they're doing. "Remember This Song" washes that high treble psych over the channels and Samuel's vocal has more of that aggressive edge. They still switch back to a softer chorus, but this snarling side of the Young Sinclairs is great. Taking a stand, grab that attention. They've really studied those nuances in equipment and songwriting of that period and all of a sudden here we are in 2014, no hovercars anywhere but instead still celebrating this sound from fifty years ago. Take that anti-rock grandpa's.
Get this from Planting Seeds Records.