As quickly as we had the review up for Allyson Seconds’ new album, the splendid Little World, we now have the 1st video, the album’s title track. Catchy, bouncy, joyful, it captures the spirit of this album beautifully. With instruments by producer and co-songwriter Anton Barbeau and guest bass by XTC legend, Colin Moulding, this is one song that will stick in your head for a long while after listening. Check out the glorious “Little World” from Allyson Seconds. And then check out the album of the same name. Little World will be available on Friday, October 21st, 2016
It should be an immediate moment of sitting up and taking notice of Allyson Seconds’ latest offering, Little World, just by virtue of the names that appear as players on this 11-track offering. Is it enough to begin with the likes of Colin Moulding, the legendary bass player/singer/songwriter of XTC or the late Scott Miller, the writer/visionary/driver of Game Theory and The Loud Family? Probably that’s more than enough, but the only reason you should pay attention is because this is simply an excellent album. A second collaboration between Ms. Seconds and producer/multi-instrumentalist Anton Barbeau has delivered these upbeat, thoughtful, catchy, joyful songs and quite frankly, at this particular moment in time, songs like these are sorely needed. That energy and positivism is immediately felt on the title track, which opens the album; fast, melodic, simple and captivating – and I love her self-harmonies; “Sun Don’t Shine” has a great, heavy duty “garage” riff with some equally heavy guitar punctuations and a damn get-down, dirty sounding solo. “Dust Beneath My Wings” is a fairly-known song …
I can remember that icy and wet Saturday in late February, 1982 as my friends and I made our way into the city on our usual Saturday record trek – that was the routine. Meet at the ferry; walk up Broadway to Prince Street and start hitting all the record stores. One of our favorites was Bonaparte’s – The British Record Shop (full name, on the awning) located in what later became Bleecker Bob’s (which was originally near the corner of 8th Street, on MacDougal); this was right before they closed (which was devastating). Bonaparte’s had everything punk/new wave in a great atmosphere. The window-lined racks always had that particular week’s new releases – albums were usually $7.99; singles $1.99 (remember – these were imports). On this particular Saturday, I was actually there to get something before I started browsing; I had to have the new XTC album, which just made it over to these shores. It was called English Settlement; it was a double album and XTC were one of my favorite bands, along …
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