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quick take : Cowboy Racer : Love Stationary

11 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Recently I was wondering what happened to the folks from Salad, a mid-90s power-poppish britpop act that never got as much traction as Sleeper, let alone Elastica, despite having some catchy tunes and the presumed advantage of an MTV VJ as a frontwoman. I couldn’t find anything recent from guitarist/tunesmith Paul Kennedy, but his singer/writing partner Marijne van der Vlugt has a brand new album with Cowboy Racer, a project also featuring Mike Mason of 4AD band Swallow.

Love Stationary proves to be smooth, densely layered indie pop with lots of ear candy for the attentive listener. There’s nothing surprising or challenging, but I like it. Van der Vlugt’s singing is more subtle and expressive, and arguably better, than in her Salad days*. At first I thought a pair of tunes (especially album closer “Forever”) with a breathy/sexy delivery were a little too cheesy in a Jane Birkin sort of way, but they’ve grown on me since, and anyway they’re not representative.

* not sorry. They set themselves up for that line.

Tags: 2011 · White Lines · c · indie pop · quick take

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