Captain Soul – Jetstream Lovers

Sunny second album from Northampton four-piece

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Following 2001’s debut Beat Your Crazy Head Against The Sky, the only band with a multi-album deal on Alan McGee’s Poptones return with another record of summer ’60s pop. The Byrds and Beach Boys influences are strong, especially on the lilting “Make My Day”and “Looking For Love”. But there is also a whiff of Drawn From Memory-era Embrace, especially in Sunday Times rock critic-turned-frontman Adam Howorth’s winsome vocals. The highlight is the towering “Last Night”, which recalls Mercury Rev’s “The Dark is Rising”. Captain Soul (itself a Byrds song title) mix up classic and contemporary influences, only they do it well.

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