A Celebratory Arm Gesture

A Celebratory Arm Gesture

by Summer Hymns


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A Celebratory Arm Gesture

Summer Hymns concoct more ethereal indie pop
ock with art rock, psychedelic, and even ambient compositional shades on their second album. It's a pleasing if somewhat somnambulant approach, incongruous yet somehow nice to behold, much like the cover picture of a lion walking on a deserted field with skyscrapers in the background. As songwriters, they have an off-kilter nonchalant charm similar to those of early '70s British psych-into-prog figures like Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers, and Robert Wyatt. The more or less song-oriented passages are broken up by instrumental interludes that go into murky fourth-dimensional territory with their use of orchestral instruments, foggy electronic treatments, and unpredictable swerves into American folk licks. The use of pungent church-psychedelic organ is a strength, and the whimsical deployment of creative orchestration owes at least as much to Brian Wilson as to Brian Eno. As low-key, modern-day psychedelic-ish rock it's interesting, if hard to know what to make of it all.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2001
Label: Misra Records
UPC: 0656605500928
catalogNumber: 9
Rank: 224877

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Summer Hymns   Primary Artist
Alex McManus   Trombone
Dottie Alexander   Organ,Clarinet,Flute,Piano,Vocals
Adrian Finch   Synthesizer,Guitar,Violin,Glockenspiel,Saxophone,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Spoken Word
Bren Mead   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Zach Gresham   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Voices,Sampling,Optigan,Spoken Word
Phil Brown   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Derek Almstead   Synthesizer,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Trombone,Accordion,Autoharp,Lap Steel Guitar
Pete Erchick   Organ,Piano
Lynn Boland   Euphonium
James Doorman Huggies   Percussion,Piano,Bongos
Philip Brown   Percussion,Piano

Technical Credits

Zach Gresham   Lyricist
Summer Hymns   Arranger,Art Conception
Derek Almstead   Programming,Engineer

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