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Sunsets And Silhouettes

by Various Artists

The ideal soundtrack for a drive at sunset.Exclusive/Classic tracks from Camera Obscura, Dakota Suite,Freeheat, Linda Draper and really more. more. more. 18 tracks in all.
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. I Can Still Hear Our Song (Fonda)
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2. Anything (Astropop 3)
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3:24 album only
3. I Didn't Say (Fiel Garvie)
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3:03 album only
4. She's Dead (Pinkie)
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5. Snow In Mexico (Mark Gardener)
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6. Eveerything Is White (The Sixth Great Lake)
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7. Pastel Blue (Sister Vanilla)
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8. Fourth of July (Xavier Pelleuf)
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9. Don't Want To Go Back (The Voyces)
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10. Books Written For Girls (Live Acoustic) (Camera Obscura)
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11. Back Where I Belong (The Asteroid No. 4)
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12. Back On The Water (Freeheat)
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13. Counting Song (Goldrush)
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14. Airplane (Tracy Shedd)
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15. See The Light Again (The Autumn Leaves)
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16. Colorblind (Linda Draper)
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17. Loving Arms (Michael Barrett)
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18. All That I Hold Near (Dakota Suite)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Following up 2002's critically acclaimed 21 song compilation, "Dreaming Up The Perfect Pop," the folks at Planting Seeds Records deliver another fine collection of timeless, essential, cool music. 18 tracks make up their latest offering titled "SUNSETS & SILHOUETTES" (PSRCD-031) - which provides an extraordinary line-up of songs all ideal for your weekend escape from the city or perhaps those long introspective drives at dusk. This is the perfect soundtrack for those very moments.

"Sunsets and Silhouettes" features an ensemble of today's most brilliant artists. Planting Seeds' very own staples are accounted for: PINKIE, featuring Alex Sharkey of Sarah Records band BRIGHTER, strum out "She's Dead"; ASTROPOP 3, preach the perfect anthem of encouragement with their track "Anything"; XAVIER PELLEUF collaborates with Alex Sharkey on the heartfelt acoustic ballad "Fourth of July"; MICHAEL BARRETT (who's found some time in THE ESSEX GREEN and THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR) and DAKOTA SUITE (which features help from members of The American Music Club), contribute country tinged tracks, both in "Loving Arms" and "All That I Can Hold Near," the compilation's closing tracks. In addition, true rock champions hidden in neat little packages also shine on with an eclectic and international flare - MARK GARDENER (formerly of RIDE) hits back with the rhythm heavy rocker "Snow in Mexico." THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN's Reid brothers showcase their latest offerings: William Reid teams with sister Linda and her new band SISTER VANILLA, which contribute their lost in an afternoon daydream "Pastel Blue." FREEHEAT features Jim Reid, Ben Lurie and Co., and picks up where JAMC left off - contributing a Classic Reid song "Back On The Water." Fellow Scotland Sweethearts, CAMERA OBSCURA appear with their live acoustic version of "Books Written For Girls." California favorites FONDA, who you may remember from the soundtrack to the motion picture "Spy Kids," opens the record with the glowing "I Can Still Hear Our Song." Bringing back those sweet sounds of Southern California in the early 1970's are Philadelphia's own ASTEROID NO. 4 with their pedal steel/harmonica driven tune "Back Where I Belong". 1960's flavored delights of THE SIXTH GREAT LAKE ("Everything is White"), The Voyces ("Don't Want To Go Back") and the AUTUMN LEAVES ("See The Light Again") appear alongside our favorite ladies of the music underground - TRACY SHEDD , carrying the Teenbeat Records torch with her upbeat composition "Airplane" and LINDA DRAPER, who's fabulous song "Colorblind" was produced by Kramer ( Galaxie 500, Low, Urge Overkill, and countless other classics). Not to be forgotten are stellar tracks from England's latest offerings. FIEL GARVIE's "I Didn't Say" features an amalgam of Cocteau Twins and 1990's shoegaze, while Oxford' s GOLDRUSH presents a fantastic new British rock sound on "Counting Song." "Sunsets and Silhouettes" captures the essence of a sunset drive through the Mojave Desert and those endless blue sky days that stand still in your mind. Or maybe weaves with subtle moments encapsulating memories of your first crush or your first broken heart. Whatever it may represent, enjoy another exceptional collection by Planting Seeds Records - the open road awaits...


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Erasing Clouds

"...unlike a memorable sunset, these songs will live on..."
The cowboys-in-the-sunset cover photos for Planting Seeds Records' Sunsets and Silhouettes compilation give the album a retro, 1970s look for some reason, but all the music is from the here and now. Some of the songs come from recent or forthcoming releases, but almost all will be new to most listeners' ears, even for fans of the 18 included bands. The title Sunsets and Silhouettes has a psychedelic ring to it, yet while there are definitely bands here that tilt that direction, it's always in a gentle way. The focus is generally on dreamy, melodic pop songs, whether it's melancholy songs from U.K. bands Pinkie and Camera Obscura (a slow, pretty version of "Books Written for Girls" from Underachievers Please Try Harder) or very 1960s-sounding songs from Minneapolis' The Autumn Leaves and Vermont's The Sixth Great Lake. What's most important for you to know about Sunsets and Silhouettes is that the quality of the songs is impeccable - all 18 songs are equally worthy of your attention - and the album is put together cohesively, so the songs feel natural next to each other. The album's pleasures come from both new faces and old friends. Of the latter, there's a track by Mark Gardener which is the first song I've heard from him since Ride (if it's not quite up to that band's heyday, it's still a compelling song, and it's quite interesting to hear his familiar voice in a more stripped-down context), and great songs from both of the new groups that have risen from the ashes of the Jesus & Mary Chain, Freeheat (with Jim Reid) and Sister Vanilla (with sister Linda Reid singing and William Reid on guitar). Idiosyncratic singer-songwriters Xavier Pellef and Linda Draper both make a strong first impression on me with their contributions, and there's also great songs from underrated musicians like Fiel Garvie and Tracy Shedd. Sunsets and Silhouettes comes to a close with Dakota Suite's "All That I Can Hold Near," which feels like a sunset, gorgeous but fading. But unlike a memorable sunset, these songs will live on as more than just a memory, due to the work of Planting Seeds Records in putting together such a great compilation.