Wednesday, 1 June 2011
The Feelies Have Been Here Before
The last twelve months really has been a throwback safe haven for fans of fun, slacker pop. With the Clean still powering on and Superchunk rearing their beautiful heads, it was a pleasant shock to have a new Feelies album come across the waters. Here Before has been 20 years in the making, but well worth the wait. The thirteen tracks on offer have a real vintage feel - this really feels like the New Jersey quintet just hanging out jamming. So many references to the time in lieu since releasing an album, to still be playing, to be pressured to be "part of the crowd" - its almost revisionist. That said, there are moments where the good times flag, as is wont to happen on any album that feels very "you had to be there". yet it is warm and cruisily propulsive, and the warmth that is exuded through the sheer effortlessness of these sunny tracks is what you'll take away with you, and will inexorably have you coming back.
Here Before is out through Bar-None Records
The Feelies - Nobody Knows
The Feelies - Time Is Right