WAIT ALL SUMMER
A 15 track CD on apricot records (apricd003)
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|15 track debut CD release on apricot records (apricd003)|
INFORMATION AND CREDITS
APRICOT'S PROMOTIONAL STATEMENT
The Shining Hour is more than a project by Mark Cohen, a member of the UK band Fragile. The Shining Hour combine the tradition of c-86 wimp P!O!P! with love for classic songwriting and the fascination for 8-track recording - classic postcard guitar, crooning vocals, ace melodies, brilliants strings and superb arrangements. Songs full of longing, sensitivity and romance; music that first hits your heart and then your soul! Sophisticated, heartbreaking lyrics that fit perfectly with unpretentious melodies. Imagine the beauty and loneliness of The Smiths, the jangling guitar of The Brilliant Corners and words like in songs of Hefner. This album follows the classic 7" E.P. Five O'clock Rise which was released on Apricot Records and was sold out in weeks. Music that first hits your head and then the heart! Sophisticated, heartbreaking vocals combined with wonderful guitar melodies.
liner notes claim that Mark Cohen, whose one-man band the Shining Hour
is, wrote and recorded 167 songs between 1986 and 1998, which makes it
not too surprising that the fifteen chosen to represent him on this album
from the German pop label Apricot spin off in a variety of directions,
albeit related ones. On one song he sounds like a young Paul Weller fronting
St. Christopher, and the next he could be Mark Hollis making a guest appearance
with the Magnetic Fields. One sounds like a Smiths demo, the next like
a Byrds/Who pastiche, the next like the Icicle Works with a head cold.
A couple could be Orchids or Field Mice songs, a couple sound more like
the Pet Shop Boys remixing Nick Drake. Some undulate, some sparkle. Some
drift, some skitter. Cross Aztec Camera and the Housemartins, or Tobin
Sprout and Orange Juice. If I move on a little too quickly, hardly giving
this album a fair chance to enthrall me as thoroughly as it well might,
it's just because 152 more songs like these is enough material to make
Cohen into a patient, sober, sentimental Robert Pollard, and the prospect
pushes me disconcertingly close to panic.
Classic Postcardian guitar pop album with synthesized strings and heartbreaking male vocals. Fifteen melodic and jangly delights.
Sky Blue Records, USA http://www.orangezest.com/skyblue
Timeless and wonderful jangle pop from this Brit. band led by the incredible songwriting of Mark Cohen.
Twee Kitten Mail Order, USA http://www.tweekitten.com/
Fantastic full length filled with jangle-romance pop. Mark has a lovely voice. Highly recommended!