Fronted by the husband-and-wife tandem of Grahame Davies and Anne Rogers, and supported by percussionist Evan Pollack, The Crowd Scene mint a timeless pop evoking the bittersweet sensibility of mid-period Beatles, Brian Wilson, Ray Davies, and — more recently — Elvis Costello, the dBs, and Aimee Mann. What emerges is a melancholic optimism that acknowledges life’s oblique obstacles and simple wonders.
Mastered by Jon Astley (The Who, George Harrison, Tori Amos) at Close To The Edge in London, With Complete Glossary for Squares features context-aware cameos from Chris Stamey, formerly of the dBs, and Neil Luckett of tvfordogs.
The record joins a Wampus Multimedia roster that includes new and imminent releases from tvfordogs, the matthew show, Venus Flytrap, Kowtow Popof, and Arms of Kismet, as well as After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed (to which The Crowd Scene contributed “Candy Says”) and If I Were a Richman: a Tribute to the Music of Jonathan Richman (on which they performed “When Harpo Played His Harp”).
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