I once read an interview with Kurt Heasley (a.k.a. Lilys) in which he described the relationship between his first album, "In the Presence of Nothing," and the work of My Bloody Valentine as analogous to the relationship between the Monkees' songs and those of the Beatles, in that for every memorable riff the latter of the pairs had, the former had a "new and improved" riff to correspond. Heasley's latest release packs this concept into a suitcase and takes it to town, only this time his destination isn't Scotland. Like the Monkees before him, he's on the last train to Liverpool. "Returns Every Morning" begs to be the song the Beatles should have written but never did. In fact, when my roommate, Duane, heard me playing the little white 7", he asked me if it was a Beatles song. In consideration of Duane's words, I think that the Lilys have succeeded at something that many unfortunates (excluding the Monkees, of course!) have attempted and failed at: capturing the melodic magic and texture only the likes of J, P, G and R in the heydey have evoked. What more is there to say? Oh! The b-side! I'm guessing "Touch the Water" covers a circa-mid 60's Kinks or some other similar sounding contemporary (forgive my blatant ignorance if you know this song!). It's a perfect backing track for the A-side with its dense garage-y pop feel. There is some real genius circling in Kurt Heasley's head, offering the mere mortal music as timeless as it is nostalgic. --Bill C.
(Touch The Water is an Apples in Stereo song...just for the record)
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