If you were one of the many who were impressed with the Lemon Twigs late-night TV appearances from a few months ago, but then ultimately disappointed with their debut LP, may I suggest the new record from Foxygen, "Hang," released back in January of this year.
"Hang" is the fourth release from this wacky duo, but the first that seems, at least to my ears, to offer a bit of coherence. My issue with the Lemon Twigs debut, and this is still what I am feeling after a few more passes, one as recently as this weekend, is that it tries way too hard to be too many things. A dozen or so brilliant ideas, but none hitting the nail square. In other words, no songs. On "Hang," which features a 42 piece orchestra, as well as...uh...The Lemon Twigs...the theme is obviously 70's radio, and by the fourth track, you know Foxygen had this all planned from the get-go. This record does not feel like 8 songs that stuck after tossing 24 against a wall. There are 8 songs and all feel like songs, even if at times, they feel like other people's songs.
The opener, "Follow The Leader" could have been on any one of your 70's blockbusters from Steely Dan or Supertramp. "Avalon" is Randy Newman meets Abba, "Waterloo" specifically. Both "America" and "Upon A Hill" could have fit on either of Bowie's "Hunky Dory" or "Aladdin Sane," or even one of Scott Walker's less intense outings. "Hang" remains quirky enough to give it just enough cool to not feel like parody. I'm digging this. It is what I was hoping The Lemon Twigs would sound like.