Album: The Superimposers

The Superimposers, LITTLE LEAGUE

Andy Gill
Friday 11 February 2005 01:00

The Superimposers are Dan Warden and Miles Copeland, a pair of transplanted West Country lads resident in London, whose profile has grown over the course of four singles released last year. This debut album collates those A and B sides with unreleased songs, and presents the duo as deft inheritors of the late-1960s Los Angeles psychedelic-pop tradition established by people such as Curt Boettcher, Brian Wilson, Neil Young and Jimmy Webb. "Over the Bridge" uses a swirling Jack Nitzsche-style string sample to underscore the singer's inferiority complex at being "a back-street boy, just a Devon boy", while the ethereal organ whine and piano melody of "Would it be Impossible" have the haunted air of Webb's "Wichita Lineman". "Seeing is Believing" and "Chasing the Tide" recall Boettcher's work with close-harmony popsters The Association, right down to the delicate interplay of electric piano and tingling guitar. The B-sides are, if anything, more elaborate: "The Lovely Sky Boat" employs electronic and glockenspiel highlights on a pastoral waltz; and "Trust Me" creates a limpid, misty ambience from footsteps, muffled voices and whistling, making the pair sound like buskers in the passageways to the underworld.

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