It’s rare that the a band’s most prominent inspiration locks on to produce an album, but it seems that after a couple of LPs with clear inspirations from The Clean, L.A. janglers Smokescreens nabbed the nod from David Kilgour himself and a more perfect pairing couldn’t have been born. The Kiwipop luminary headed to The States to produce the band’s third LP, A Strange Dream. and his hand guides the band to a more crystalline version of their sound. He even contributes a cover painting to the record. The band’s clearly hitting their stride within the first few bars, and the first single from the upcoming record is a bittersweet saunter through South Hemi pop — pulling at not only The Clean, but from the ranks of The Bats and The Go-Betweens for inspiration. “Fork In The Road” swoons into view with a rambling guitar line that opens up into cloudy harmonies and hilly basslines. Here’s hoping (and betting) the rest of the record is as delightful as this. A Strange Dream is out October 30th on Slumberland.
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