Sunday, 19 October 2014

Waves and Misfit - Waves

Making Them After All These Years

Waves is the solo eponymous album by this New Zealand band, released in 1975, and little known at the time, or since it seems, outside that country. I have only just come across them thanks to the net. They play a classic West Coast music, at times singing in harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash – as oft cited in what writing there is on them – but for me they are most closely linked to America, especially in the acoustic guitar work. Those harmonies are pretty damn pretty and it is a sweetly sweet listen if you like this type of thing, these repetitions as apt as one can be in describing.

A further nine excellent tracks have been released [in 2013] from recording sessions and a planned but never realised album for 1977. It is available as Misfit, and is more of the lovely same, with fine guitar work found on tracks like Head Full of Stars and Jacob and El Tornado. This and the album Waves can be downloaded here. As I’ve said, recommended if you like this genre.

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