Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Review: Summer (Pop4)

#1,039: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in Autumn 2015, Yours Truly KJS received a rather nice package in the post from the States by Scott McPherson and Andrea Perry. Both are members of the the musical foursome known as Pop4 and they've also collaborated on the Sproutless project album "Jordan: Revisited" (more on that in the near future)"Summer" - released back on Friday 12th August - is an impressive debut. It is unique, it rocks and it works. "Summer" is unique in that it was essentially recorded in four different locations over the internet by four ultra-talented singer/songwriters and musicians in the same way that Bryan Adams' latest LP "Get Up" was a transatlantic combination between the Canadian rocker producer, ELO maestro Jeff Lynne.

"Summer" works (and therefore rocks) because it takes the listener on a journey through the many sweet harmonies and pleasing tunes on display. Songs that are worthy of the title 'Power Pop' with many nods to The Beatles and ELO as well as a whimsical quirkiness in places that reminds this writer much of The Idle Race. The opening track, the lovely multi-layer acapella "I Will Become Love" lays the foundation for such sonic beauties as the string laden "Jaded" and "Miserably Pursuing Happiness" as well as "Julianne Irish", "Tour For The Brokenhearted" (a real gem for fans of Prefab Sprout in and of itself) and mystical closer "Dust". Yet without doubt, the jewel in this impressive crown is the wonderful "Einstein & Sunshine" - a song as "Mr. Blue Sky" and ELOesque as you can possibly get whilst being inventive and a real homage to Jeff Lynne (see video below as further proof)"Summer" is a credit to this quality quartet and a welcome listen in the midst of Winter ... or any other season! (9/10)

Trax: I Will Become Love ~ Beautiful ~ Blow Wind Blow ~ Einstein & Sunshine ~ What's It Gonna Be Like Now ~ Don't You Be Like That ~ Jaded ~ I'm So Jealous ~ Miserably Pursuing Happiness ~ Julianne Irish ~ Straight To My Head ~ You're No Aimee Mann ~ Lovers Limbo ~ You Love Me ~ Tour For The Brokenhearted ~ Dust

Pop4 are: Scott McPherson, KC Bowman, Kirk Adams and Andrea Perry

"Summer" by Pop4 is available in CD and download formats via these links thus:


ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Summer" by Pop4 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 ... 05-Jan-2016

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