'Blue Harbour', the opening track to The Wave Pictures new album
'Beer In The Breakers', made me smile, especially (in a peurile
moment on my part!) the line about "...pi**ing in the sea".
There's a lot to smile about elsewhere in these simply lovely songs.
Frontman David Tattersall has a shrewd eye for detail and a droll
vocal delivery which makes him sound like a very young (but VERY
English) Lou Reed at times (especially on 'Little Surprise').
Franic Rozycki on bass and Jonny Helm on drums provide splendid
and varied rhythmic support throughout.
The album sounds as though it might have been recorded in a garage.
There is a refreshing immediacy and unaffected brio running through
the performances like a liquid silver seam. Even when Mr Tattersall
brings things down, as he decidedly does on 'Walk The Back Stairs Quiet',
we are drawn into the intimacy of the small worlds he so ably describes.
(This song, with its impressively limpid guitar solo, is one of the
project's true highlights. Have a box of tissues handy, it's a weeper!)
The lyrics really are very good indeed. Little stories, well-told.
'In Her Kitchen' manages to be funny and tragic in equal measure;
rarely has a spleen been so well vented! The bitter-sweet seaside
reflections of 'Now Your Smile Comes Over In Your Voice' ("...searching
through blue rock pools in Devon") also lays on the pathos with a trowel.
For my money 'Epping Forest', however, is the best of the bunch.
A laconic, slow-moving dirge movingly sung by Mr Tattershall and
decorated with some very fine fluid and fleeting guitar embellishments.
As far from rocket science as music can get and all the better for it!