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Friday, 11 April 2014
"Paint The Ground" by THE JUNIPERS – A Review Of The 2012 Download Now On VINYL In 2014 on Sugarbush Records
Here is a link to the Download avialable on Amazon UK (go to Sugarbush Records for the LP):
"…Let The Feeling Flow…" – Paint The Ground by THE JUNIPERS
Initially released in 2012 as a 10-track Download only –
someone in Sugarbush Records thinks "Paint The Ground" deserves
another shot at stardom – and I’d say when it comes to Leicester’s Folk-Rock
act THE JUNIPERS - they'd be right.
This is a gorgeous little album – chock full of pleasing
melodies – and now it’s being reissued in April 2014 with a bonus track on the
VINYL LP (“Everywhere Was You” – Track 3 on Side 1). It's a limited edition of
300 copies (with a different sleeve) on Sugarbush SB600.
Stylistically - think a folksy variant of The LA’s with just
as many catchy tunes. A sort of English BIG STAR with perhaps a taste of
MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT and even the country melodies of THE JAYHAWKS. The
painted art of the front cover might make you think this is perhaps Retro Psych
– it isn’t (although the swirling song structures ape that sound at times). The
Junipers feel more New Folk than Psych - like a hybrid of all of the above but
with the added stew of Sixties Pop like THE ASSOCIATION or even the jangle of
Beautifully produced by Gavin Monhagon (Kings Of Leon, The
Editors and Ryan Adams) - the opener "Look Into My River" hooks you
immediately with its guitars, flute and layered soft vocals - while “Dandelion
Man” ups the happy pace to a point where you may feel an uncontrollable urge to
place a dandelion in the Afro hair of a foreign student on the London
“Golden Fields In Golden Sun” is pretty but perhaps takes
the hippy lyrics a step too far – but the superb “Antler Season” is a musical
nugget that will surely grace a “Juno” type soundtrack any day now. “Phoebus
Filled The Town” even has a Steve Hackett guitar vibe (lyrics from it title
this review) - sounding not unlike “Horizons” on “Foxtrot" at times. Very
On the lovely “They Lived Up In The Valley” The Junipers
sing of “such a quiet family…kept things to themselves…”
Well when you succumb to this gorgeous album – like me - you
won’t be keeping quiet about them or this…well done lads.