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Luck of Eden Hall - The End of the Lane/Blown to Kingdom Come

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 6 / 9 / 2016

Luck of Eden Hall - The End of the Lane/Blown to Kingdom Come
Label: Mega Dodo
Format: 7"


Fine slice of oddness on 7 inch from underground Chicago-based band, the Luck of Eden Hall

Only 300 copies exist of this wonderful new release, of which half are numbered and on blue vinyl, while the rest, which are again numbered, are on black vinyl. Although they have been around for a mere twenty years, I had never heard of the Luck of Eden Hall who are fronted by Greg Curvey, but Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan cites their debut single as being still one of his favourites of all time. The band since the 1990s have had over twenty-five vinyl and CD releases to their name, and this current single pays homage to classic psychedelia as well as author Neil Gaiman's book, 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane'. The delightfully-entitled 'The End of the Lane' starts off almost chilled in fashion, but echoes the mood of the Beatles 'The White Album', while having the pace of the Velvet Underground's 'Who Loves the Sun' from 'Loaded'. The vocals are clearly delivered, just lightly bubbling away on top and over slow instrumentation, while underneath the guitars have a Johnny Marr like flow until it changes gear. It speeds on up, before returning to its original flow and gentleness, and is very calming, charming and oddly unique. 'Blown to Kingdom Come', an album track, is the opposite, and loud with dominant drums and keyboards battling to be the superior instrument and the vocals shoutin for attention. It remains very much in the cool 60's but has its own take on the classic era of fabness. A brilliant take of 60's joy. 5 Stars from me.

Track Listing:-
1 The End of the Lane
2 Blown to Kingdom Come

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