Institut Polaire: The Fauna and the Flora (PopFrenzy/Rhythmethod)

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Insitut Polaire: East, West and I
Institut Polaire: The Fauna and the Flora (PopFrenzy/Rhythmethod)

More 60s-framed pop for alternative radio from the PopFrenzy label (Clientele, Camera Obscura, Lightning Dust) which refers to the great bands who never really made it (The Association, Left Banke) as much as big names like Bacharach and the Monkees, as well the slightly psychedelic BeeGees and alt.country.

Whatever really works, in fact.

This large ensemble out of Perth, Australia doesn't shy away from some cloud-piercing guitar if the song requires it (the mini-epic East, West & I which also comes augmented by horns) but mostly just pops along flicking out melodies and harmonies. I don't expect there to be queues for this one, or even that student radio will be onto it.

But we've done repeat plays at barbecues as we admired the flora and ate the fauna.

An EP with breadth.

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