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Cosmic Peekaboo
     

Cosmic Peekaboo

by The Free Design
 

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For the 2000 release of the superb Beach Boys tribute album Caroline Now!, the legendary Free Design reunited for the first time in three decades, stealing the spotlight from the band's indie pop descendants with a beautifully poetic rendition of "Endless Harmony." The full-length follow-up Cosmic

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For the 2000 release of the superb Beach Boys tribute album Caroline Now!, the legendary Free Design reunited for the first time in three decades, stealing the spotlight from the band's indie pop descendants with a beautifully poetic rendition of "Endless Harmony." The full-length follow-up Cosmic Peekaboo restores the group's brilliance to its original luster, reassembling the founding lineup of siblings Chris, Sandy, and Bruce Dedrick for a remarkable comeback effort that more than lives up to the standard of their past classics. Resisting the temptation to incorporate even a dash of the electronic pop approaches of avowed acolytes like Stereolab, the High Llamas, and Cornelius, on Cosmic Peekaboo the group picks up right where it left off -- although the harmonies are deeper and even richer than before. The infinite warmth and affection at the heart of all the Dedricks' work remains intact, with every note utterly free of the irony and detachment prevalent throughout so much of the music produced in their absence. Although Cosmic Peekaboo's incandescent performances and majestic arrangements barely acknowledge the 30-year gap, the lyrics cast a knowing eye on the Free Design legacy -- the elegiac "Younger Son" evokes vintage classics like "Kites Are Fun" and "My Brother Woody," while "The Hook" updates the group's still-relevant chart lament "2002 - A Hit Song," gently chiding a new generation of navel-pierced pop icons while taking to task the music industry's reliance on style over substance. The record's emotional centerpiece is the haunting "Day Breaks," a sweepingly angelic tribute to sister Stefanie, to whose memory Cosmic Peekaboo is lovingly dedicated.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Marina
UPC:
0881390505227
catalogNumber:
52

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Performance Credits

Free Design   Primary Artist
Chris Dedrick   Guitar,Percussion,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Recorder,Native American Drums
Michael Francis   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Douglas Perry   Viola
Tom Szczesniak   Bass,Piano
John Johnson   Soprano Saxophone
Brian Barlow   Percussion,Drums
Bruce Dedrick   Vocals
Rebecca Pellett   Keyboards,Vocals
Roman Borys   Cello

Technical Credits

Chris Dedrick   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Stefan Kassel   Cover Photo
Rebecca Pellett   Producer,Engineer

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