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The Winstons


Canterbury Scene

4.06 | 7 ratings

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4 stars Released about a half a year following their debut LP, The Winstons (also 2016), this is a standalone single.

"Golden Brown" starts off with a sort of classical, sort of circus-esque organ, the instrument of greatest sway (I say praise be). The vocals are clear and classic. This, like much on their debut, feels like it very well could have been written at the end of the 1960s. Just great Baroque/Psychedelic Pop-Rock, like The Zombies or The Pretty Things. This is a great track.

Its 'B-side', "Black Shopping Bag", feels at first like Post-Progressivism at the crossroads of Psychedelia. Minimal organ is matched with vocals. I was immediately impressed with, assuming there is one, their main/lead vocalist (perhaps they really are all that good haha). Minimal still, it opens up with increased drums and lovely backing vocals. Certainly still in that psychedelic, spacy vein, it slowly builds and builds. It feels optimistic. Once again, all the vocals are just wonderful. Around the midpoint it builds to a totally new rhythm. Sinister and now featuring saxophone perhaps most immediately reminiscent to me of VdGG's David Jackson... There is something that's reminiscent, too, of... perhaps... Argent or early Pink Floyd. It's hard to exactly place, so, to me, great job! This song is and then, at its close, is not haha. It just ends. But I'm very satisfied in that.

All I have to say is I'm very impressed. Check it!

DangHeck | 4/5 |


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