Blue Skies Daisy Days is the latest compilation from Planting Seeds Records. With the likes of such heroes (heroes of mine anyway) as: International Jetsetters (members of The Jesus & Mary Chain + Ride), Loz Colbert (Ride) and The Primary 5 (members of Teenage Fanclub); who wouldn't be sucked in? Don't answer that.
Let's just say this album is right up my alley. With 24 tracks I'm not going to be going into detail about all the tunes. Let's just say the album has an overall feel of smooth 90's shoegaze-esque pop rock (is that broad enough?).
The Primary 5 definitely can be identified as some Teenage Fanclub offshoot. Their song Happy, aside from the country-style slide guitar the vocals are unmistakably Teenage Fanclub stylings.
As I type and listen to this track, Change Your Mind by The Parson Red Heads, I feel bad that I'm frantically trying to workout whether there are any members of Sloan in the band. It's quite similar, I must say. Cute harmonies over the top of catchy guitar riffs with a hint of horns.
Overall, this album, for some reason, has a summer feel. Is it the title that is creating bias in my brain? No, I don't think so. This music reminds me of the days (back in ye olde 90's) when I was perhaps in high school, but with my drivers license, listening to music not unlike this.... happy and worry free.
If you want to try a free sample... head here: www.myspace.com/blueskiesdaisydayscomp
But for a sense of heartwarming goodness you must buy the album knowing that a portion of the proceeds from this benefit record will go to San Diego based The Keep-A-Breast Foundation. Their mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts they seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well being.
That's all! Have a tops weekend!