24 August 2012

Bart and Friends - there may come a time (2012, Matinée)

I was surprised to read that it's the first EP of Bart & Friends on Matinée, as they sound like they have always been there. After having been silent during most of the 00's, they now multiply releases in the 10's.

They are a team of veterans of the 90's jangly indie scene and if nostalgia is part of the game, they haven't lost their verve and their melodic qualities. If Bart Cummings (Girl of the World, The Cat’s Miaow, Hydroplane, Pencil Tin and The Shapiros) is obviously the leader of the band, he is not singing here, abandoning totally such duties to Pam Berry (The Pines, The Shapiros, Glo Worm, Black Tambourine). Mark Monnone (The Lucksmiths), Louis Richter (Mid State Orange, The Lucksmiths), Jeremy Cole (The Zebras) and Scott Stevens (Summer Cats, The Earthmen) are completing the lineup.

There is a cover of Elvis Presley's "Can’t Help Falling In Love" which will make the clocks turning even more backwards,  and  a classic jangly one minute pop song, "There Are So Many Things I'd Like To See". There are two other songs presently featured on their "Make you blush" EP and only one of the two is in a new version with Pam's vocals replacing thoses of Bart.

The very reasons to come down here are the title track and  of "A kiss you won't forget".

There is something strangely desperate about "There may come a time" which makes the song poignant and perfect for rainy afternoons, a melancholic nonchalance which works like a sunny spell and leaves you with a smile. "A kiss you won't forget" is a polar opposite, sounding like springtime, upbeat and full of spontaneity, bringing back to mind the Cat's Miaow days.

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