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Nectarine - 2013 Skywritten Memory

ARTIST: Nectarine
ALBUM: Skywritten Memory
LABEL: Shabby Rodeo
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Paul Ellis - lead & background vocals, all instruments * Terry Eaton - lead & background vocals * Kevin Bowen - drums, bass, background vocals * Kari Newhouse - background vocals * Eric Wikoff - djembe

TRACK LISTING: 01 Snowbirds * 02 You're The Ghost * 03 Friend In The Dream * 04 Silvered Moon * 05 Summon The Devil * 06 Counter Clockwise * 07 Rain On Your Window * 08 Let's Be Alive * 09 When The Storm Ends * 10 Being My Dog * 11 Boy With No Money * 12 Sleight Of Hand * 13 The Painters Smile * 14 Love Song For A Record Store * 15 Bridgetown Blue

WEBLINKS: www.nectarinemusic.com

I've known and followed the career of Nectarine's Paul Ellis for several years through his numerous ambient/Berlin school electronic works, his love for golden era pop as well as progressive rock and like myself, an occasional contributor to the UK's Shindig! Magazine; Paul has never been one to stand still musically. His previous disc 'It Is What It Is' as Pop Archaeology Transmission was loaded with 10cc references and on 'Skywritten Memory' Ellis teams up with vocalist Terry Eaton for a warm ride into the soft rock of days gone by.

The Songs
My first play of this CD was sitting in the dark on a very cold evening watching snowflakes fall under a lone streetlight and opener 'Snowbirds' certainly changed the mood sounding like a forgotten Crowded House tune, both ornate and catchy. Classic Bread, the sophisticated sounds of Prefab Sprout, The Blue Nile as well as the pop smarts of Jellyfish are colourfully brushed across Nectarine's sundappled musical palette and it's a winning mix with expertly crafted songwriting and uplifting, at times haunting melodies that linger long after the disc stops its spin. Ellis and Eaton both share lead vocal duties and harmonize beautifully often recalling 60's pop masters The Association and while it's hard to pick a favourite cut with so much quality on display, the XTC meets Jellyfish pastiche of 'Summon The Devil' sure hits the spot.

In Summary
I don't know if this is a one-off or there is a second disc in the works for this Portland, Oregon duo, but give it a shot. The Nectarine web site features plenty of sound samples just in case you need more convincing.

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