The Essex Green are a neo-psychedelic pop outfit from Brooklyn, NY, via Burlington, VT. Fans will recognize The Essex Green’s signature sound in this work, their first since 2006's Cannibal Sea: stacks of harmonies, upbeat melodies telling melancholy tales, layers of keys and sparkling Telecasters. Their time-honored custom of fusing obsession with spontaneity has been refined through experience and wisdom. Hardly Electronic continues their string of excellent releases without missing a beat.
Like: Belle and Sebastian, The Apples in Stereo, Beulah
Play: 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10
1.Sloane Ranger (4:02) 60ish sunshine pop that they do so well.
2.The 710 (3:45) Classic Essex Green track.
3.Don't Leave It in Our Hands (4:20) Soaring coda that signals you're in for something truly special.
4.In the Key of Me (3:51) Complicated melody that is laced with an echo of arty Baroque rock.
5.Modern Rain (4:12) Has a root that touches the best of The Beatles’ pop sound.
6.Catatonic (3:37) Breezy pop with thrilling liftoff chorus.
7.Patsy Desmond (4:16) Piano ballad with lush strings, acoustic guitar and harmonized vocals.
8.Bye Bye Crow (2:44) Country track to its core.
9.Waikiki (2:49) The great pop center of the record.
10.January Says (4:23) Sublime chorus embraces the dramatic guitar and organ.
11.Slanted by Six (3:38) Earnest ballad that gathers steam, guitars, vocal harmonies.
12.Smith & 9th (3:31) Relaxing flow indie pop.
13.Another Story (4:13) Clever bit of pop music.
14.Bristol Sky (4:40) Pure folk psych with a graceful melody.