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Roy Moller - Maximum Smile

  by Tommy Gunnarsson

published: 27 / 10 / 2003

Roy Moller - Maximum Smile
Label: Félicité Singles Club
Format: 7"


Strong solo debut single of Wow Kafe frontman Roy Moeller, produced by Stevie Jackson of Belle and Sebastian fame

German-based label Félicité Singles Club has started out in a very good manner, indeed. This summer they released two very good singles (well, they have released more than that actually, but I have only heard two of them, so…), and there’s more to come! This one, the third 7” released on the label, is by Roy Moller, a fellow from Glasgow. Not surprisingly, the single is produced by Stevie Jackson (from Belle & Sebastian), and after listening to the B-side, 'David Niven', I would have guessed it without looking at the sleeve. It sounds pretty much like a song that Belle & Sebastian could have included on their 'Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant' album, with the piano being a notable instrument in the mix. This is not a bad thing at all though, and I quite like the song. Actually, when I first listened to the single, I listened to 'David Niven' first, thinking it was the A-side, but I soon realised I was wrong and flipped the coloured piece of vinyl over and listened to the proper title track, 'Maximum Smile', and it strikes me that it’s not as good as the flipside. Sure, it’s still good, but the song about the diseased actor is even better. So, maybe you could switch the labels? Well, you shouldn’t bother, really. This is a very good single as it is. And a very nice sleeve too!

Track Listing:-
1 Maximum Smile
2 David Niven

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