Boomkat Product Review:
This latest album from psych-folk stalwarts The Skygreen Leopards finds the band collaborating with Papercuts' Jason Quever, who assists on a variety of instruments, filling in bass, drum and keyboard parts. This coalition fits the band's sound rather well and helps them persist with the time-warped, Basement Tapes-y feel of their previous efforts. You'd expect a band that sounds like this to be commercially viable folk-rock contenders in this post-Fleet Foxes age, and yet there's something about Skygreen Leopards that prevents them from really taking hold of the public consciousness in any big way. There's perhaps something a little too flaky, a little too firmly lodged in the New Weird America mindset that relegates SGL to permanent outsider status alongside the likes of Wooden Wand et al. Despite this, here's a band capable of delivering songs that are pretty great by anyone's measure: 'Goodnight Anna', for example is especially strong, and 'Inland Towns' is a firm-footed if slightly generic lo-fi country-rock romp. Eight years into their career this band continue to please, but for better or worse, it's a little difficult to imagine them taking that extra step up the alt. Americana ladder.