We’re very excited to let you all know that on December 7th, Stuck On An Island is putting on a benefit for Hurricane Sandy. Moses Campbell, Wide Streets, Dream Boys, and Steppe People will be playing. Kyle Mabson will be DJing. It’ll be at pehrspace (325 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90026), starting at 9:00 pm. It will be a lot of fun. See you all there!
The story of Forever Amber’s The Love Cycle is as charmingly curious as the album itself. The only thing people seem to agree on about the production of the album is that a British six-piece recorded it in 1966 and that only ninety-nine copies were pressed. Apparently, the limited release was the product of a tax scam, but again, the details are fuzzy. The album itself is all over the place, featuring a handful of lead singers and following a disjointed narrative about a couple falling in love, but a few of songs are very impressive. “Bits of Your Life, Bits of My Life” is one of the most delightful tracks I’ve encountered in a while. The simple, snare only, drum part provides the backbone for an even simpler vocal melody that is closely escorted by an organ and light guitar. The vocals stand somewhere between Colin Blunstone and Richie Furay, but without the preachy qualities that they occasionally present. What makes the song so powerful is how much you trust the lyrically understated love the song discusses. The song fits all of the longing joy of admiration into an almost perfect two and a half minute package.