|David Myhr - 'Soundshine' (Lojinx)|
|Written by Russ P|
|Tuesday, 20 March 2012 04:30|
Let's set the scene. Exterior: Overcast day. Rain. Interior: It's morning but barely a ray of light is managing to find its way into this dark and dingy room. Is it coincidence that on one of the darkest days of the year 'Soundshine' arrives to spread a little light where there is none. I hardly think so. Things happen for a reason.
From the opening bars of 'Never Mine' you know that this is one of those albums where you can make a snap decision - literally within the first two seconds - that this is an album that you're going to love. David Myhr, one half of The Merrymakers, is back with a bang. And fans are going to be so happy. And if the first two minutes of 'Never Mine' didn't have you hook, line and sinker then perhaps the Jellyfish-isms in the middle eight will prove to be the right kind of bait that you're looking for.
'Looking For A Life' was David's second single released back in June and co-written with Andreas Mattsson and Ian Eskelin. It's a pure pop tune which a touch of The Cure, a touch of Cheap Trick and a touch of Brendan Benson about it. And following hot on the heels of that is another piece of pop perfection that I heard almost a year ago now. 'Got You Where He Wanted' was the first taster that we had from David Myhr and boy did it whet our appetite. If there was any lingering grey in the air then this song all but disperses it. This is the game changer. Got clouds but need the Sun? Play this.
Beach Boys meets Jellyfish is also the order of the day on 'I Love The Feeling'. This is the 1970s bottled. Cool, laid back, sunny. So evocative is the chorus that you can't quite put your finger on what it reminds you of exactly. Is it Wizzard? Bay City Rollers? Billy Joel? or David Cassidy? Whatever it is...it has that je ne sais quoi that brightens the mood as effectively as a happy pill.
'Get The Mood' showcases some tasty guitar production. A slightly darker mood pervades this track with Posies-like verses accompanied by flute and sad brass, which turns, into an elevated bittersweet chorus in the vein of Pilot. 'Cut To The Chase' falls on the right side of twee with another highly infectious chorus that you love despite yourself. While nestled deep inside 'Don't Say No' lurks a soulful Memphis bar room boogie brought alive by ensemble backing vocals.
Right up until the end the hits keep a coming in the form of the driving Weezer-like pop of 'Icy Tracks' and The Beatles / Pilot stomp of 'Ride Along' - think 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer', 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' and 'January'.
So, while I wait in vain for a Jellyfish reunion, an Andy Sturmer solo album or a new Soulwax album, it's nice to see the return of another great songwriter. I'm sure a lot of people will be with me on this one. Welcome back Mr Myhr. We've missed you.
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