Love Camp 7

Vacation Village

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This Brooklyn trio makes sprightly power pop for smart people that owes a cool debt to XTC and others who make a guitar and a vocal and an off-beat but melodic tune a thing of great reverence. That they reference the Beach Boys' haphazard soul LP, 1967's Wild Honey, in "Arny Geller" (and on the back cover), Frank Zappa, and Buddy Holly on "Cinerama" tells you a little, too! But Love Camp 7 aren't all craft, pop, or studio preciousness on their fourth LP, Vacation Village. There's a playfulness and an unpredictable streak that runs through their platters, coalescing supremely in the best track, the well-titled "Not Cool Enough for Daryl Genis' Party." This one hinges on a burst of bass bounce and a clipped guitar line on the chorus that feels like a duck's loud quack if you step on its webbed foot. Apparently based on school memories of inadequacy compared to cooler rock & roll classmates (!), the band sets the scene of the soiree they're missing to that nasty beeping guitar. Just as good, "We Ended Up Talking All Night at Ben Frank's" sounds like a stripped-down American version of the sensational Hollies work of 1965-1968, complete with "do-do" backing vocals, and a harmonica wail. This LP is crawling with Hollywood references. Investigate!

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