Coffee Sergeants: Purple Martin Sanctuary (theactivelistener)

 |   |  1 min read

Coffee Sergeants: Sally White
Coffee Sergeants: Purple Martin Sanctuary (theactivelistener)

It's very hard to keep up with Nathan Ford's blogspot and bandcamp downloads under the generic name of The Active Listener. Just this past week he has released three other albums while I am still enjoying this one from a few weeks back.

It's by a band from Austin who wear their REM influences right up-front on the opener entitled Virginia Creeper.

If you are looking for a band to play REM covers or do a tribute, my money is on these guys. Although to be fair they have released eight albums of original material so . . .

So there is more to them than borrowing those tropes of guitar jangle and Stipe's delivery because the string-coloured ballads here are delightful on their own account. And they do some natty garageband pop-rock on Sally White.

They are firmly drawing on that pre-psych year of '66 (when pop was out-there but concise) but also with a sound akin to the Paisley Underground, the always overlooked Green Pajamas (whom Elsewhere continues to champion!) and that group from Georgia. But this release from 2012 (given a second life by The Active Listener) offers a fine overview of a band which may not redraw the map pf psychedelic pop-rock but certainly sit comfortably alongside the best in their field.

This album is available through Active Listener's bandcamp page here for free streaming or as a download for just US$8 (or more). 

For more on the Active Listener and its psychedelic releases see this interview with Nathan Ford, the brains and enthusiasm behind it. And look here for other Elsewhere reviews of albums through Ford.

.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Eilen Jewell: Boundary County

Eilen Jewell: Boundary County

Jewell appeared on Elsewhere a few weeks back (see tag) with her second album Letters From Sinners & Strangers -- but this debut from 2006 is actually much better, and it seems to have been... > Read more

Steve Earle: Washington Square Serenade (NewWest/Elite)

Steve Earle: Washington Square Serenade (NewWest/Elite)

A decade after Bob Dylan washed up in Greenwich Village, Steve Earle left his home in Texas and started on the same journey -- inspired, he admits, by the cover photo on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

PHOTOGRAPHER ALFREDO BINI PROFILED (2012): Point and shoot, and be shot at

PHOTOGRAPHER ALFREDO BINI PROFILED (2012): Point and shoot, and be shot at

As a career change, it couldn't have been more dramatic or life endangering. In a few fast years Alfredo Bini went from being a factory manager in Italy to a freelance photojournalist being shot... > Read more

Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)

Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)

Recently I was asked if I would contribute a page to a monthly magazine on famous musicians I had met. That part was easy, I've met quite a few. But then the person said they would like to run the... > Read more