Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – The High Country Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – The High Country

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - The High Country (2015)

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – The High Country (2015)

We’re in that brief frame of year – between tank top and flu seasons – when New York doesn’t feel like such a terrible place to live. The sun shines long and bright and the hateful, hateful cold is just shaking loose from our bones so we can forget all about the coming suffocation of summer and relish the few minutes a day we get to spend outdoors.

Hell, the other day, I almost stopped and smelled the roses and totally would’ve too if there weren’t a gaggle of old Greek biddies watching my every move.

But, yeah it’s beautiful here too…now: all temperate and blooming pink and hopeful like a good kid getting his first tattoo. Only no one here is nervous. Other than the few residual news-break lunatics, the city is as close to being SoCal blissed-out as its bound to get in 2015 and in that spirit of easy-breezed and unexpected (albeit deserved) pleasure, I’ve been listening to pretty much nothing except for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s latest charm arc, The High Country.

What can I say?

It’s a blast, man. Rock and roll in the loosey-goosey school of easy breezing indie vacation swing. Tropical here. Beach bopping, there. Deeply maudlin (or moving), now and again. There’s even some feedback, shreds and errant howling thrown in to keep the Chiclet grin that accompanies the furiously infectious sour-love opening salvo “Line on You” from getting all shoe gum saccharine by the triumphant friendship is magic rally of closer “Total Meltdown.”

It’s total pop, yeah as in what pop could or should or would be if Mike Nesmith had made a Monkees circa Y2K10ish that considered the angular clarity of the TeenBeat scene to be a cultural touchstone as worthy of rekindling as the nth wave of Brit clang seal tamers or the Strokes Petty/Stooges boredom love fashion grab and in coupling that comely mess with his own infallible tunefulness, there might be some future for American Music yet to be fully fleshed out and found for kicks.

The High Country Tracklist:

01. Line on You
02. Step Brother City
03. Goal Mind
04. Full Possession
05. Madeline
06. What I Won
07. Trevor Forever
08. Foreign Future
09. Song Will
10. Magnet’s New Summer ‘Do
11. Total Meltdown

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