Emerging from the kennel of Nottingham’s Tiny Dog label (home of the fabulous Flipron) comes another slice of whimsy courtesy of Magic Car.
Right from the start, especially with a melancholic harmonica straight out of an old Western, it is anything but whimsical. Yet, I would argue that it is impossible for East Midlanders to take from the Wild West with a completely straight face. It may look (and sound) like a serious attempt to recreate Nashville in Nottingham but it’s eclecticism sets it apart.
There are three songs at the centre of the album – Dry Your Eyes, Mother Nature’s Lamb and Cinderella #1 – that are particularly free from the weight of their inspirations, having an unmistakably English reticence and humour. It is this that breathes new life into a decades old genre.
So sit back and enjoy the riches, for there’s gold in them there tunes.