The Black Watch: Fromthing Somethat

The Black Watch: Fromthing Somethat
Title: Fromthing Somethat
Label: Atom Records, LLC

Fromthing Somethat, the tongue-twister title of legendary L.A. dreampop/indiepop foursome, The Black Watch's nineteenth LP, comes from a mistake front man John Andrew Fredrick made whilst singing a line from the song "The Lonesome Death of Mary Hansen." Cleverly self-effacing album titles have been a part of this serious band's aesthetic ever since 2011's well-received Led Zeppelin Five (along with such titles as "Jiggery-Pokery", "After the Gold Room", "The Gospel According To John", and "Magic Johnson"). This record hops, skips, and jumps from dreamy-floaty (the opening number, "St Fair Isle Sweater") to dance-y (the almost-disco of "The Nothing That Is") to majestic ("All I Know (Is That the Moon is Beautiful)" to dark/ominous ("Drip, Drip, Drip") and back again to dreamlike ("For Always Then To Keep" and the soaring closing lullaby "I'm Not Hung Up"). And yet it's all of a piece-a record that perhaps sounds like every 60's, 80's, or 90's guitar band you've ever loved and, well, unmistakably a The Black Watch record.

1.1 Saint Fair Isle Sweater
1.2 The Nothing That Is
1.3 The Lonesome Death of Mary Hansen
1.4 Green Stars, Clouds Departing
1.5 Drip, Drip, Drip
1.6 All I Know (Is That the Moon Is Beautiful)
1.7 Such Like Friendly Demons
1.8 The Haves ; Nots
1.9 For Always Then to Keep
1.10 I'm Not Hung Up

The Black Watch: Fromthing Somethat

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