Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Recommended: Toxic Melons

#496: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Just after I had posted my review of the new Maxi Dunn album Edmund & Leo last week, I was contacted by Paul Fairbairn regarding his musical progeny Toxic MelonsPaul told Yours Truly KJS that "The Beatles and ELO are big influences on what I do." His four track EP "International Accident" (October 2012) and nine track album "Melon Jam" (January 2013) followed thereafter for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) to sample.

A cursory glance at their Bandcamp page reveals that the band list Electric Light Orchestra, The Beatles and The Move as their influences amongst The Divine Comedy, The Beach Boys and The Zombies et al. And you can add to that list of influences The Idle Race. Both records contain tracks that much remind the listener of those eclectic and innovative pre-ELO recordings of Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood. There are many styles on display in both recordings and this is the reason that Toxic Melons are worth a listen to. Their latest EP release "International Accident" has a much more developed and mature sound to it replete with strings and layered harmonised backing vocals particularly with "Diffidence" and "Ode To Procrastination". "Melon Jam" is equally diverse in styles yet delivers a nice set of songs that showcase the writing and talent of Paul Fairbairn, especially when one has a listen a couple of times to the likes of "Today Didn't Go", "All In A Dream""The Dole Revisited" and "Tomorrow".
With their first two releases priced at just £5 and £2 each respectively, a visit to the Toxic Melons Bandcamp page is well worth it - as is checking out all of their various websites thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Toxic Melons to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 13-Feb-2013

1 comment:

  1. Paul shows so much promise. I'm very much looking forward to hear what he come up with next.