Damien Youth

Don't Disturb the Garlands

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Twenty pleasing neo-psychedelic songs that are acoustic in texture, but achieve a fuller sound than the folk standard with reverb and (I'm guessing) overdubbing. The inevitable Robyn Hitchcock similarities may cause some to dismiss this as too derivative; on the other hand, some listeners might like this better than Hitchcock himself, as it's less self-consciously clever and eccentric. It's not known why Mr. Youth did not obtain a record contract to ensure wider distribution of his material, as this is much better than much alternative rock of the late 1980s. Unless, that is, there were the usual lame excuses that it wasn't trendy enough, or what labels thought listeners wanted to hear at a time when Big Black, Dinosaur Jr., and the like were such hip names to throw around indie circles.