"Of Old Lost Days" CD
Genre: lo-fi, indie pop, twee
Of Old Days collects unreleased and
out-of-print material from Urban Legends, the old solo project
of Thermals frontman Hutch Harris, circa 1997-2002. Now
I'll admit I'm not all that acquainted with The Thermals'
music, but this work seems to speak for itself more or less - lo-fi
indie pop music in the vein of Boyracer and the Sarah Records
clan. Over 19 songs, this record comes off as a little bit overly
simplistic - it's not hard to see why some of these songs didn't
garner an earlier release, as many are pure demo material. As such,
this probably will appeal most to Thermals diehards and lo-fi
fanatics. But that isn't to say this is all filler - despite the
homogeneous sound on the record, a few tracks stick out; "You Don't
Even Have to Try" is a lovely, 60s-ish nugget, and "I See The Mirror"
is a nice, calmer piece. So Of Old Lost Days is a catchy though
repetitive record that charts the beginnings of a band that's really
been picking up steam lately; still, this is likely best suited to
4-track pop devotees.
mp3s (from nokarma.com):
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[Vitals: 19 tracks, distributed by
released Jan 2007]