The Arthurs

Walking in the Sunlight

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Establishing themselves as the ultimate high school prom band, the Arthurs emerge as masterful arrangers of soaring multi-part harmonies, ace melodies, and tight musicianship on their first release. Produced by the Martyn Leaper, whose Minders are entirely more psychedelic but not altogether dissimilar, the albums 12 tracks positively rip through 35 minutes of cheery throwback pop that visits the classic early sounds of the Beach Boys, the Kinks, and the Zombies. Tracks like the shimmering "Mars" cover similar territory as the giddy garage pop of Cherry Peel-era Of Montreal, as certain melodies are blessed with the same sort of unexpected turns in melody. Similarly, the edgy energy of "Done Be Mean" find an early Elvis Costello vibe, just as the chunky fuzz pop of "Northern Song" suggests an affinity for early Badfinger. But running through a roll check of probable influences ultimately doesn't do justice to an album so impeccably constructed on the simple premise of providing light-hearted escapism, largely free of pretense or pretentiousness. Overall, Walking in the Sunlight is the rare sort of carefree, jubilant album that is as fun to listen to as it sounds like it was to make.

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