Within the first few notes on the first cut of his first official full-length release, Stephen Coates, aka the Real Tuesday Weld, "takes us to a wonderful place" and never lets go. It's a dreamy world of cocktails, romance, melody, tongue-in-cheek kitsch, and timeless pop songcraft. Coates' vocal delivery is a distillation of Serge Gainsbourg and Bryan Ferry, while his arrangements graft the spaghetti Western vibrations of Sergio Morricone with a heavy dose of cabaret. Drawing from influences that stretch from 1930s jazz to lounge and electronica circa 2001, Coates peppers the tracks on this disc with snippets of spoken-word, lo-fi car-radio effects, hip-hop beats, tape loops, wah-wah guitars, reverb, and subtle traces of studio trickery that give the impression of a modern day vintage recording. Behind Coates' jumbled Wall of Sound are memorable songs that echo Brill Building/Tin Pan Alley expertise. An eclectic collection from one of modern rock's most eccentric purveyors of pop oddities, Where Psyche Meets Cupid is an enjoyable romp through the past, present, and future.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Semioli