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HAIGHT ASHBURY Here In The Golden Rays PIAS Recordings (2010)

Haight Astbury

In the late sixties, the junction of Haight and Ashbury, San Francisco was the epicentre of the peace and love, flower power revolution. It's apt, therefore that this Glasgow three piece - Kirsty (bass / vocals), Scott (guitar, sitar, cigar box guitar) and Jen (drums / vocals) - should take that crossroads as their name, given that they deliver a contemporary look at the psychedelic scene.

Described by some as a cross between Fleetwood Mac (I don't see it personally) and Jesus And Mary Chain they've been causing quite a stir on the indie scene, with their first single 'Favourite Song' finding its way onto radio stations around the globe.

Opening with their second single which is rapidly becoming a garage folk 'girl power' anthem I was reminded of an indie cross between Bananarama and The Bangles. There's no denying its quirky pop charm.

The Bangles style harmony lead vocals is the one constant that runs throughout the album, but for the most part the soundscape undoubtedly has a psychedelia feel. The band sound like something Jack White would involve himself in - edgy, retro, and more powerful than the sum of the parts should be. But unlike most White projects, laced with the sweetness of Kirsty and Jen's intertwined lead vocals.

Scott's sitar lends the set an authentic sixties feel that at the same time sounds remarkably contemporary. Already feted by Lauren Laverne, which should ensure plenty of airplay, Haight - Astbury could just be the surprise package of 2010.


Review by Pete Whalley


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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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