Volume 95, Issue 49

Wednesday, November 28, 2001
 
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Songstress Emm Gryner pours some sugar on fans

Black Knight defends movie with humour

Laugh nothing more than raunch

Disc of the Week

Bones one bad brotha'

Disc of the Week

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart

Mantra Recordings


Immediately after listening to Gorky's Zygotic Mynci's seventh album, How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart, you might have an irresistible urge to listen to it again.

So do it, but don't be surprised if the urge repeats itself again and again.

To make a long story short, this is a great record by a great – albeit overlooked in North America – Welsh band.

The record, a brilliant bit of countrified Brit-pop, is a concept album centering on memories of a summer relationship. Lushly orchestrated (including choirs, brass and strings), it has a psychedelic feel, from its opening cymbal crash with twin guitars to its Ben-Folds-meets-the-Beach-Boys outro.

Although the Gorkys are strongly influenced the glorious Brit-pop tradition, they add some twang to the mix, especially with the Grateful Dead-esque harmonies on "Honeymoon With You." This amalgamation creates a melodic sound on par with contemporaries like the Beta Band and Supergrass.

Although the Gorkys are great at combining their various influences, they are at their best on the three-movement "Christina," the most original and complex piece on the album.

This epic moves from a spacey opening to laid-back pop, complemented by occasional violin bursts and a bare piano interlude that builds to a repeating coda of "you say I'm to blame/I was fed by you."

"Can Megan" is a track that, at first, sounds like a Belle & Sebastian tune. Fortunately, it quickly breaks out on its own with the addition of horns and even makes use of some Motown harmonies.

At times, however, the dense orchestration of How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart causes problems – most notably, some of the many violin reels unnecessarily floating above the mix.

Overall, the record has a great feel to it – a neo-psychedelic concept album that will be sure to cure winter any longings for summer.

–Jonathan Altman




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