Tony Romanello – Counting Stars

Paisley meets flannel in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Remember back in 1995 when Eric Matthews’ mix of contemporary rock sonorities and Brian Wilson production values (It’s Heavy in Here) was supposed to be the cat’s pyjamas?

Well, singer-songwriter Tony Romanello from Oklahoma has finally delivered on that promise. Post-Sergeant Pepper glockenspiel and horn section lead into Jeff Buckleyesque wailing. String quartets give way to distortion-laden guitars.

The presence of Flaming Lips skin-pounder and multi-tasking whiz Steve Drozd is a further clue that Counting Stars is psych-pop successfully made modern.

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