Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Sonnets - Deep Forest Gold ep (1988)

Lacking a shred of web presence, the most I can tell you is that The Sonnets cut these half-a-dozen tracks at Dancing Dog Studios in Oakland, CA, leading me to assume they were situated in the Bay Area.  Mellow guitar pop, with faint wave inflections loosely sums up this duo's overall schtick.  Sharply produced, Deep Forest Green's apex materializes in the form of "Vivian," a chiming, up-tempo stunner that recalls the Candy Skins brief halcyon period.  As for the Zombies redo, the Sonnets don't butcher "Time of the Season" so much as mildly abuse it, unnecessarily glazing it with a lite '80s whitewash.  Thankfully the remainder of side deux is a little more redeeming.  Enjoy (or not).

01. Nothing to Lose
02. Vivian
03. Stay
04. Time of the Season
05. Wrecking Ball
06. Underground


ELXOSE80 said...

Thanks for sharing another outstanding album.
I really love "Nothing to lose".
Gracias !

natetalbot said...

Phenomenal album. Been following your blog daily for the past month or so and loving everything about it. Thank you!

bglobe313 said...

I had put this in the "I'm intrigued enough" to probably check it out category, but the two positive earlier comments put me over the line.

I will attempt to check back with my thoughts, especially if positive.


spavid said...

Glad to hear your enjoying this. I like side one a lot, but the Zombies cover simply has to go.

gabbazoo said...

This is pretty cool. also, just want to give a shout out to a current, Swedish band called the Sonnets, very good stuff heavily influenced by the Style Council, Aztec Camera, etc,:

I think you will actually find some similarities between these two bands

bglobe313 said...

Hey, I just heard this without remembering what it is, and it is very good.

Nice breezy pop. A lot of folks try to do that, but it ain't easy.

Agreed that the cover of Time Of The Season doesn't add much, but it's ok to my ears, although it did break up the flow.

Would love to know what else these folks might have done.

Recommended if you are into the lighter stuff.


bglobe313 said...

Hi Spavid,

Just checking in to see if any more information had come in about this bunch. I'm not quite as nutty about it as I was in early January, but I still thinks it is VERY good, and so I would be interested in knowing what the heck happened to 'em.

Great blog.

Ace K.