#663: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in February 2013, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] featured Paul Fairbairn and his musical outlet Toxic Melons in this article. Paul has just launched a new Kickstarter campaign to help fund his new album - to be entitled "Bus Therapy" - with the aim of raising the necessary £1,250 to release it by Wednesday 26th March thus:
Paul lists here that his influences include ELO and The Move and he has stated previously here at ELOBF that "The Beatles and ELO are big influences on what I do". It therefore seemed like a good idea to ask Paul earlier this week about the goals and influences for his new album:
"There was never really a goal at the time. I was just writing stuff down on the bus. Then I started properly writing with keyboards and, hopefully, started to expand what I could do. Composition wise, influences for this ranged from Jellyfish to Stevie Wonder to Elton John. All sorts really!"
"Bus Therapy" is a nine track album which again demonstrates the multiple musical talents of Paul Fairbairn in his familiar quirky Toxic Melons mode. The album evidences a variety of styles that I summed up recently in conversation with Paul as: "Beatles, Beach Boys, a touch of ELO, a pinch of The Idle Race with a dash of Euro pop! What a concoction!"
Indeed, "Bus Therapy" is a brave album, especially with second song "Journey" being a four minute instrumental piece that is somehow reminiscent in places of ELO's "After All" from the famed "Secret Messages" sessions. Opening salvo "More Or Less", the husky Floydesque "Let Me Sleep" and the closing vocal fest "Take Me Back" grabbed my attention instantly. With sublime backing vocals throughout plus prominent guitar, piano and keyboards coupled with subtle lyrical gymnastics, this is certainly an interesting if not entertaining effort well worth a pledge or three! [8/10]
Trax:  "More Or Less"[4:02];  "Journey" [4:00];  "Let Me Sleep" [4:03];  "Change The World" [3:31];  "Disco Balls" [3:53];  "Not In Love" [2:58];  "Just One Beer" [3:18];  "Getting Old" [3:32];  "Take Me Back" [3:43]