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Boomkat Product Review:
The third full-length offering from Welsh band Soft Hearted Scientists isn't strictly a brand new album but rather a collection of home-recorded demos. It begins in auspicious fashion, fading slowly into some Finders Keepers-style vintage psych-folk on 'The Strangest Scene' before momentarily cleaning up the woozy four-track sounds for 'Effervesce', which comes across as a too-straight-for-its-own-good country doodle, leading into the disappointingly trifling twanger 'The Visitor'. We're firmly back on track with 'Scarecrow Smile' however, transmitting a brief Brit-folk ditty that's part Comus, part Mighty Boosh. Elsewhere you'll hear the recurrent influence of Syd Barrett and Super Furry Animals - the latter being an inevitable comparison given the 'Welsh psych' tag that hangs over the record, and one that's especially pertinent on songs with the strongest choruses, such as 'Man Overboard!' Also notable is 'The Midnight Dance Of The Mexican Vampire' which could pass for a Sam And The Plants cover of Wilco's 'I Am Trying To Break Your Heart'. The intermingling of fully-formed songs and sketched-out ideas is part of Scarecrow Smile's charm and its homespun qualities make the album an immersive, very personable listen, dappled with wit and eccentricity.