Photography by effie-fay…
Let’s keep this one tight and to the right, shall we? Played this once on a whim, liked some songs, threw one on a mixtape, moved on, forgot about it. Until this week when I had that “oh yeah, forgot about you!” moment scannin’ ye ol’ iPodaroni. Then I pushed the play button and a little obsession of sorts took over. Yeah, I’m kinda obsessed with Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns…
When it first gets going with one of their “singles” “Weekend”, you think to yourself, “alright, alright, not too shabby-dabby… not too shabby-dabby at all”. But then “Still New” gets going, and it kiiinda has the same vibe, that is until that lead guitar comes in dripping of 70s rock-operatics, beyoooo be-be-beyoooo! Then the jaunty “Imagine Pt. 3” continues the feel. And so it goes. What’s interesting his just how, though it contains that hazy pop sunset overall aesthetic, the album seems to get more and more theatric the deeper we go!
Not sure how to explain it… Individually, the songs play as simple pop songs. But taken as a whole, it almost comes off as a rock-musical! Seriously. Don’t know another way to say express it. It feels like there’s a story here. Now, I haven’t quite got into the lyrics, so I could be completely full of shitake mushrooms, but it’s just wonderful.
Listen to the singles below, but really grab the whole thing, turn it up loud, and see for yourself!