If a magical, drifting pop rock album that will drift you into a psychedelic daydream is just what you need to survive in the cold snow of winter; BC Campbell has just the medicine you’re after with his latest album How to Die in the North. An infectious melodic rich offering filled with mirror balls of soft vocals that could have been picked up from the seventies, let alone be a contemporary modern masterpiece in its genre.
Take for example the track Grim Cinema, it opens more melancholy before swinging into Beach Boys territory despite being penned by an artist currently residing in Manchester. Meanwhile Lay Me On The Floor brings a more sophisticated delicate sound, harking back to the songwriting skills of Lennon and McCartney in the good ol’ days of pop-rock music. Love Isn’t Anybody’s Fault is a passionate, love fest track that you can set to slow moving twists whilst Thieves in Antigua is a fusion of Californian summertime with a beautiful arrangement of harmonies and up-tempo vintage sounds.
There is nothing better than reliving your youth, for some that was in the wonder years of burning bras, driving VW camper vans and dancing on the beach amongst the surfers. Whilst I’m a 90’s kid myself, this album gives me cravings for an opportunity to relive what our parents may have done so before us, and this contemporary treasure has so radiantly re-created an era of sunshine and the fight for freedom filled with blazing infectious tracks to make you braid your hair, rent out a surf board and live your very own Californian dream.
Review by Kat Bagshawe