Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Lazy Smoke - Corridor of Faces (1969)

Lazy Smoke was a band from Massachusetts with a lead singer that sounds eerily similar to John Lennon at times. Their music is mid-tempo and slow guitar pop with psychedelic and folk influences. For what it's worth, many of their slower songs remind me of the modern British band the Clientele, because of the lazy, melancholy style of pop. The first track, "All These Years," sets a very psychedelic tone with tasteful backwards guitar, nice lead guitar, and immediately striking vocals. Nothing else on the album is as heavily psychedelic, but the song-writing often still has psychedelic influences. The recordings are pretty lo-fi, which lends itself well to the band's sound. Overall, I find it to be a very good listen with songs that grow on you the more you listen. This release comes with twelve bonus tracks of acoustic demos, which I haven't given much of a listen yet.

Stand-Out Tracks:
"All These Years"
"How Was Your Day Last Night"
"Under Skys"
"Sarah Saturday"

"All These Years"

Download Corridor of Faces


Anonymous said...

Excellent band and album, I've been looking for it for a while.



Gary said...

This is a great record. Very Syd Barrett. Highly recommended.

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Anonymous said...

Despite some musical and technical limitations,I love this album. Great original melodies and structures.The songs are tunefull and original.I don't mind the heavy Beatles influence at all.Lazy Smokes songs have the flavor of late period Beatles while never copying ant particular song.If you like the Beatles and Syd Barrett era Floyd,check this out. The lo-fi (whaddya want for $1000.00 ) recording is clear and strongly presented and the demos serve to highlight the strengths of the songs rather than expose their weakness.
Four stars for content and period charm.

zappahead said...

Mmmmm...a nice cheery obscure band if ever I saw one....this sounds really good and much appreciated....thank you.

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