US - Oregon - Full Moon 57 - 06/06/01
As I'm writing the sun is shining from a big blue sky. A perfect setting for a pop album such
as this. The Minders are back, and everything's just fine. Minders are Martyn Leaper (vocals,
guitars, bass, drums, percussion, television dial (!?)) and his wife Rebecca Cole (drums, vocals,
keyboards, harpsichord). Since Hooray for Tuesday (Elephant 6/spinART, 1998) Marc
Willhite (bass) and Jeff Almond (guitar) have left. Newcomer Joanna Bolme plays the bass (as well
as some guitar and percussion). Additional musicians are: Hutch Harris (drums), Adam Goldman
(alto saxophone), Jeff Saltzman (unidentifiable objects and grooves!), and Jenny Gillet (brushing
teeth - huh!?).
This time they've been recording in Portland (first album was created at Robert Schneider's
Pet Sounds Recording Studio, Denver CO). The Minders are a time machine ride, back to quality 60s
Brit-pop. Martyn has come up with two fistfuls of songs (two co-written with Rebecca) which makes
you wou want to go lie down in the grass, looking at the sky. Just letting the world spin, being
all lazy and careless. The title track sneaks up on you while lying there, and starts to tickle
your feet. Friendly, not sadistic or mean or evil or something, and, hey, how nice it is to be
tickled! Light makes the sunbeams dance all over your face, and when you just tilt your
head slightly to the right you spot the most beautiful Treehouse. We Never Shout is
true: the Minders whisper gently in your ear. And Give Me Strength gives perfect strenght
if you're having a bad day.
Right As Rain makes me think of Rain (or Beatles ca.1965-66), while the playful
psyche-trip Nice Day For It expands itself through many themes, taking strange turns,
before ending like something Yo La Tengo could've done. Sleeping Through Everything, with
Rebecca singing lead, is simply gorgous. The sound of an angel. Then If You're Lonely
pops out, and I guess this one - if you're feeling lonely - will make you feel not.
Yes, that's Golden Street in a nutshell.
File together with the Zombies, Left Banke, Electric Prunes, XTC and George Harrison. Not to
forget the Apples In Stereo. Hey summertime! Golden Street will be my beachball this
Copyright © 2001 Howard Popeye