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David Kilgour
The Far Now
Merge Records

David Kilgour is the man in New Zealand. Known for his groundbreaking rock with his earlier band, punk rockers The Clean, Kilgour returns with a new love - his acoustic guitar. Sometimes lo-fi, sometimes lush and driven, The Far Now is a fine breath of fresh air, strongly reminiscent of the Go-Betweens. Summer Teeth Wilco can be heard on the tracks 'BBC Radio,' 'Too Long From Me,' and 'Donna and Jeff', with their minor-chord folk feel and psychedelic synths.

Part hippie psych, part folk, and lots of pop hooks make up the dish that is The Far Now. 'I'm Going To Get Better Lately' is a good example. With some shoe-gazing, looping synths that sound like sea gulls opening the track, the listener is set up for a nice walk up and down the beach. This is complimented with the care-free, clean guitar lick and echoing vocals singing "I can't stop dreaming lately / I can't stop sleeping lately." 'I Cut My Heart Out Once' is a bluesy acoustic change of pace. "Don't hold no flowers for me. / Don't throw no earth on me. / I'll be in my mommy's arms." Shades of George Harrison and 60's pop abound on 'We Really Can't Get Along.'

The Far Now may not be the instant classic that stays near your CD player for the next 3 years, but it's a wonderful album nonetheless. Perfect for a country drive or backyard barbecue, it's the simple, hummable melodies and honest feel to the music that will stimulate the imagination, and generate repeat listens.


Track Listing:
1. Sun Of God
2. BBC World
3. Under Cloud
4. Yenisei
5. Wave Of Love
6. On Your Own
7. I'm Gonna Get Better Lately
8. I Cut My Heart Out Once
9. We Really Can't Get Along
10. Too Long From Me
11. Donna And Jeff
12. Out Of The Moment

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