The High Llamas - Talahomi Way (Drag City)
I lost track of Sean O'Hagan and The High Llamas sometime around "Cold and Bouncy" - I'm not altogether sure why. Before playing "Talahomi Way", I'd pondered how, with the passing of the years (13 in all), their music might have changed, but a couple of minutes into the opening track and there doesn't seem to be much change at all. O'Hagan's a master of breezy melodies and soft pop songs, and "Talahomi Way" comes with the anticipated quota of both.
That opening track "Berry Adams" might have been in production since the early `90s, with its indie Beach Boys arrangement and tropical aesthetic. One of the clear standout tracks "Fly Baby, Fly" is just wonderful, with it's `70s horns and dry, delicate air, and "To The Abbey" almost employs Divine Comedy-like jauntiness, but not quite. All in all, not too shoddy.