Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - JAMES OLD­HAM

Smartly po­etic ’ 60s clas­si­cism from Brook­lyn singer-song­writer.

With a name de­rived from a line of Wil­liam Blake po­etry and hav­ing re­leased an EP that in­cluded a re­work­ing of Rim­baud’s A Sea­son In Hell, it’s clear that Max Clarke is op­er­at­ing at a fairly in­tel­lec­tual level. For­tu­nately, his mu­sic doesn’t re­quire an English lit­er­a­ture de­gree to be en­joyed. Clarke spe­cialises in a woozy ’ 60s clas­si­cism that has echoes of doowop, pre-Rubber Soul-era Bea­tles and ’ 70s Beach Boys. The song­writ­ing is so at­mo­spher­i­cally pitch-per­fect that you can’t help but be pulled un­der by the sweet melan­cholic drag of songs such as Don’t Want To Say Good­bye and Like Go­ing Down Side­ways. Qui­etly in­tox­i­cat­ing, it’s equal parts brain and beauty. Lis­ten To: Don’t Want To Say Good­bye | Like Go­ing Down Side­ways

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