Boomkat Product Review:
Smiling C yield a string of pearls put together with Charles Bal - compiler of teenaged dreams from the Côte D’Azur - now pivoting to forgotten American strains of lo-fi drumcomputer folk, disco-pop-lounge and haunting ballads sourced from obscure vanity pressings
Compiled by Henry Jones and Charles Bals (Club Meduse), ‘America Dream Reserve’ builds on their respective reputations for plucking nuggets with a deep dive into dusty stateside gems from a coterie of names little-known or effectively unknown beyond the most ardent diggers. Tune-for-tune it’s a flawless selection served with a lemon slice and a wink of trust that you can rest very easy for the duration. Sharing the same, deep, effusive spirit as Smiling C’s run of gems hailing from Paris to Middlesbrough via Czechoslovakia, and equally the sun-kissed charm as Bals’ sets of Balearic confectionary on the ‘Club Meduse’ comps, expect a new favourite suite for late night soirées and times when you need to trust the tunes will perfectly colour your background.
Melting on the mind with Micksun’s pastel-toned, Latinate romance in ‘Pagliocca (Sad Clown)’, it flows effortlessly from the pleading lo-fi ballads of ‘Vision’ and ‘Believe’ by Dunn, to dusky soul patter from Stan Barber’s ‘I Saw the Light in Your Eyes’, silky AOR strokes by Bill Welsh, to an unmissable countrified flip of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Perry & Lisa. There’s what sounds like Lewis recorded inside a wet cardboard box in Mark & Suzann Farmer’s husband/wife duet ‘Waiting for the Dawn’ or David Marr’s ‘This Time’, plus gorgeous synth-funk grog in ’Things Are Not What They Seem’ and the pastoral keyboard minimalism of Don Armstrong & Victoria Garvey, and Bourbon-infused country folk by Ed & Pat Gibson to ensure the smoothest night ride.
You almost wonder who to tip at the end. Bravo.