Ah, Sunday Morning Music: that is what this column is, at its core, all about. RealSunday Morning Music, rife with minor chords, wistful melodies and introspective, melancholy lyrics, doesn’t come along every week, but this week: jackpot! Please watch and listen to “Garden of Delight” from the solo debut of Cory Hanson — vocalist/guitarist of LA-based psychedelic trio, Wand — and get your bittersweet nostalgia fix for the week ahead!
Shot on 8mm for extra-added visual power of transportation to the past, “Garden of Delight” sets the Wayback Machine for a stroll through a landscape of vibrant hibiscus and bougainvillea — two flowering plants that were all over the southern California neighborhood I grew up in — and rolling green hills. Cory’s sublime vocals are a perfect blend of Morrissey and Lloyd Cole that float on top of a gentle acoustic strumming that gives way to lush, Beatle-esque strings. Lyrically, the message of a romantic relationship that maybe didn’t work out quite the way one might have hoped is sufficiently muted as to allow for imaginative extrapolation, providing a terrific opportunity for emotional catharsis.
“Garden of Delight” is the latest single from The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo, released in December of 2016. Enjoy!
Imagine Pink Floyd’s “Arnold Lane” re-imagined as a lullaby about an Interior Design Firm, and you might come close to this week’s video clip: The High Llamas’ “McKain James.” The song has a fascinating origin story, having been culled from the band’s newest album, Here Come The Rattling Trees, which is the soundtrack to a narrative-driven collection of stories first performed as a theater production. Pretty Cool!
“McKain James” is an album highlight, written from the perspective of the Decorator and centered on a fictional “creative care” company tasked with beautifying the rapidly developing neighborhood of Peckham. Overflowing with alluring musical flourishes and Sean O’ Hagan‘s gentled vocals, “McKain James” is typical of the impeccable arrangements and glistening production charms that unfurl themselves throughout Here Come The Rattling Trees.
For a video to highlight this special number, High Llamas enlisted the Magik Immoralist herself, Elisa Ambrogio, to create a stunning stop motion, animated video that compliments the song in a wonderfully unlikely way. Watch bunnies hold ritualistic meetings! Ordinary objects take new shape! Flowers bloom from dancing sugar skulls!
Here Come The Rattling Trees is out now on Drag City Records. Enjoy!