ALBUM REVIEW: Trash Green “Open Sky”

It’s coming up to the time of year when the sun is starting to show itself and we start looking for songs for the summer to listen to. Fortunately, I was around when the glorious ‘Open Sky’ came into The Kaje office.

‘Open Sky’ is Trash Green’s debut album and if you can imagine Ray Davies having a drink with Noel Gallagher’s majestic choruses and the gentle depth and subtleties of a soulful Ian McCulloch with a bucketload of immediate, guitar-laden pop hooks, then I suggest you give this album a listen.

After coming very close to major success in the mid-90s’, the first incarnation of the band broke up and were not in contact for several years until they met at a funeral of a family member. They started talking and then started thinking that it may be the right time to make music again. Clearly, they were on to something as Trash Green with singer/lyricist Steve Cutmore have created a gloriously joyful collection of songs which evoke the jangly optimism of late 60s guitar rock with a more contemporary melancholy.

Highlights here include ‘Burn The Factory Down’ & ‘Sunday Morning Revolution’ with an emotional idealism and passionate urgency that is rarely heard on albums in recent years. I can already hear the glorious massive hit-single-in-waiting that is ‘Make Me A Home’ blaring out of car windows and headphones this summer, while the joyous sentiment of ‘Midnight Sound’ works so well that you will be singing the incessant chorus lines of ‘I Ain’t Letting You Go’ from the moment you hear it. Another summer song if I ever heard one.

The only weak points here are ‘Solid Ground’ and ‘Lifeline’ which though delicate and quite sweet, don’t seem to have the immediacy of the other songs on offer.

However the melancholy euphoria of ‘Be My Release’ is an appropriate finale to this album. The lovely guitar delay at the heart of the song contributes to a beautifully simple, gospel-like close to an excellent album.

‘Open Sky’ may not change the musical landscape of the 21st century, but it is one of the most heartfelt, melodic and memorable albums you will hear and it has more choruses than you can shake a hit single at. And at only 31 minutes long, it says what it needs to say and then stops. An unusual breath of fresh air in these days of countless remixes.

So if you like your music with memorable guitar riffs, big choruses and a heavy dose of hook-laden idealistic pop choruses which refuse to leave you alone, then Trash Green may well be up your musical street.

Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Alex Borg

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