here’s my picks:
- Sir Surfalot
An awesome surf song, of course a little old-fashioned or even anachronistic, somewhat sounding like the 21st century’s Spotnicks or Shadows. Very well done, and the presence of half of the Brian Wilson Band adds some high gloss to it. Great discovery, thanks for posting.
- Half Moon Bay
In the album’s context, it’s like a summary of the “Think About The Days”, “Runaway Dancer” and “On The Island” melodies. After listening, I’ve got a strong desire to hear the whole NPP thing from beginning to end. Alternately, I could feel reminded of “Let’s Go Away For A While” and do the same with Pet Sounds. Or even feel reminded of the great concert last week in Frankfurt, or feel like buying tickets for more PS shows. Creating a song like this in 2015 is clever, very clever, and please never argue again that Brian Genius Wilson might f*ck with the formula which will lead to commercial success.
Remarkable guitar play, as usual, by Mr. S. A typical wellness song to me, good for listening while sauna-ing. But please read my remarks about #4, they might fit this one, too.
- Flight from the City
Here, competition seems a little biased to me. Surely it’s beautiful, and the video is even great, but standing alone, the song seems rather poor in musical ideas. As we all know, being well-experienced with concept albums, knowing and understanding the whole in which a song has been embedded is very important for doing justice to it. Imagine ‘I’m In Great Shape” outside the SmiLE context. I haven’t got the time to listen to the entire album, so I can only judge it stand-alone. And in this way, it can’t keep up with the others in this week.
An interesting collection, like very often on this interesting BOTB game.