Psychedelic troubadour Jim Noir has been enchanting listeners with his beguiling West-Coast nursery rhymes for some time now, having released a number of strictly limited-edition 7" EPs over the past couple of years.
His debut album of schizophrenic psyche-folk doesn't disappoint, somehow conjuring images of endless Californinan summers while remaining as quintessentially English as tea and cakes at 11. Opener "My Patch" is a breezy chamber-pop masterpiece with sun-kissed Beach Boys harmonies, while title track "Tower Of Love" sounds like a long-lost Pet Sounds instrumental beamed in from space.
The lo-fi aesthetic of "A Quiet Man" invites favourable comparisons with early Super Furry Animals, and "Turbulent Weather" is laced with Brian Wilson-esque melodic invention and sublime one-man harmonies.
The fragile beauty of each perfectly-crafted retro-pop nugget on this album confirms Jim Noir's role as master magician of a psychedelic folk scene of his own making. Expect big things.