Album Review : Transparent Dayze - Angel Kaplan (Lost Recordings)
If Paul Simon was young and Spanish then he would be Angel Kaplan. Angel is the bass player of high energy Spanish crazy guys Doctor Explosion, and he has used the legendary Circo Perotti Studios (of Doctor Explosion singer/guitarist Jorge Explosion) to create the 6 tracks on this 500 copy limited edition 12-inch vinyl, available from Rough Trade & Sister Rae.
Broken Toys - the Byrds harmonies and excellent brass bring a story of lost love.
Not My Friend - brushed drums/gentle acoustic guitar make a delicious Paul Simon moment.
Time Will Be Gone So Fast - viola, steel guitar and female vocals paint this country style.
Artificial Paradise - harpsichord introduces this driving ditty about the modern world.
Kid Kubrick - acoustic pure melodies serenade us lightly.
No Return - Beatlesque melancholy musings tickle lonely heart-strings.
Kaplan is a cool, really nice guy, who is good fun to hang out with. Alongside his Doctor Explosion duties, occasional bass playing for The Cynics, and his work for his father's amazing business hand-making collectible Scalextric classic cars, he wrote all the songs. The now legendary team of Jorge Explosion, Mike Mariconda and the full might of the Circo Perrotti studios have delivered this multi-textured musical adventure.
It's a remarkably accomplished effort of an honest songsmith. A nicely modestly presented sleeve wraps it up. A collection of haunting songs conveyed with heart.