Wednesday, May 21, 2014

REVIEW: Colin Clary - Twee Blues Vol.1

Burlington, Vermont's talented and prolific Colin Clary has released solo work under his own name and The Part-Time Losers, and has worked with a number of bands, including Madelines and The Smittens.  He also has taken a turn at label boss for his Sudden Shame Records.  However, he is on these pages today because the tasteful indie pop label WeePOP! has released Colin's latest album, Twee Blues Vol.1, and we think you should know about it.

His voice is excellent, but what impresses me the most about Colin is the quality of his songwriting.  It has the sound and pacing of great '60s guitar pop, or more recently, Math and Physics Club.  The songs are breezy, fun and clever.  And in a quiet, completely nonviolent fashion, they take up residence in your head and refuse to leave.  But they pay for their keep by delivering great joy.  You can sample the album with the start to finish greatness of "Half A Cookie" (which is one of my favorite earworms of the year), the delightfully building "Come Back From The Wilderness", and the cute video for "I Didn't Know You Were A Wizard".  There are 15 tracks, and they all are keepers.

This is a vinyl release with a very limited run of 300 copies.  Sadly, WeePOP! is closing up shop, but they are going out in style with three final releases, the first of which is Twee Blues Vol.1.  "Half A Cookie" and "Come Back From The Wilderness" are available to download free from WeePOP!'s website.  But I assure you that your summer will be better with the entire album.

Wee Pop! Records

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