Most consider the 1987 album In My Tribe as magnum opus album for the 10,000 Maniacs. In my 'humble', but ultimately correct opinion, this undoubtedly makes 'most' wrong, for The Wishing Chair is undoubtedly their finest in that it appeals from so many different musical angles.
Initially there is a definitive old world charm to it that drags us back well beyond it's natural 1980's home, to an old world place that sees tracks such as Back O' The Moon (see below), Arbor Day and Just as the Tide was Flowing hinting at the old world jangly folk pop direction that the band would predominantly adopt in the 1990's.
It would perhaps be somewhat trite to state that Nah burst onto the indie scene earlier in the year with their superlative March 2018 release,Summer's Falling EP. For the Dutch / German due consisting of Estella RosaSebastian Voss are simply to cool to expend energy on 'bursting'.
Ooze and slide might be considered more apt adjectives, as their previous debut Summers Falling EP, encompassed all things magical about the late 1980's and early to mid 90's British jangly indie/twee-pop scene. It simply oozed class from every pore and the laconic tempo, sweet tunes and the slightest semblance of fuzz, ensured it received the correct sort of critical acclaim whilst at the same time furtively sliding past any inferences to any commercial sound.
The Paris based Howlin Banana Records label have been around for six years now. However they seem to have really come of age in 2018 with consistently brilliant releases from the likes of Bootchy Temple, Brace! Brace! and Th Da Freak that have nibbled away at the edges traditional modern psych and jangle-pop.
This flyer single, from the eponymous EP(due out 14 December 2018), continues such a trend and perhaps presents the label with a last gasp chance to usurp all that they have released this year.
Janglepop in the late 1980's and early 1990's was a 'bag load of lad'.Bands such as R.E.M and McCarthy were busy politicizing anything that remotely upset them as they held aloft the flag for 'angry young men' on both sides of their pond.
Similarly testosterone was injected into the natural beauty of the genre by virtue of the fact that bands such as The Smiths, Thousand Yard Stare, The Railway Children and Milltown Brothers were popping up from the UK's less affluent towns. Thus all manner of floppy haired university types could support their cause safe in the knowledge that they were now forging the illusion of being part of the 'council estate chic' that pervaded an era where it was considered 'cool' to be poor.
Melbourne all female four piece, Parsnip, have taken a year to follow up on their excellent Health EP (released in November 2017) presumably because they appear to have become the primary choice as the gig/touring support for notable psych/jangle-pop bands such as Real Estate, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards, The Babe Radio and Terry during the interim period.