Fancey

Love Mirage

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With an album cover that references the opening credits to The Mary Tyler Moore Show and production that pays very faithful homage to the slick sounds of '70s AM pop and disco, Todd Fancey's third solo offering plays like a period piece for soft rock classicists. The New Pornographers guitarist's new album arrives a full decade after the excellent Nilsson-referencing Schmancey, another sly nod to a '70s icon. While his earlier releases hinted at this direction, they still lived more squarely in the vein of power pop and '60s sunshine pop. Chock-full of smooth sunlit harmonies, electric piano, mellow harmonica leads, and white disco-funk bass, Love Mirage harks back to a time of great studiocraft when the saccharine sounds on the radio belied the precision and delicacy of their arrangements. The songs and sounds here are old-school pop, analog in their orchestration, and made by people whose musicianship and record collections run deep. Behind standouts like "Baby Sunshine," "Dream All Night," and "Carrie," Fancey and his crew deftly weave joy, humor, and tender affection, all wrapped up in a satin jacket of easy melody. It's a welcome return from an unsung hero of indie pop.

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