Shameless Seamus

"No Vans Mary"

(Reverbarama); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Inspired by the discovery of his Irish heritage, Jim Moginie set off into the bush with his recording mate, Brent Clark, and came home with this delightful album under his arm.

All sweet guitar movements and angelic harmonies, this is mellow acoustic pop of the highest order.

Bearing a pastoral cottage in the outback freshness, its identity lies somewhere between mid period Beatles (witness the Ringoesque drum fills on You Me And The Princess Highway), and the simplicity of traditional folk.

Highlights include the lilting The Rose, with its intriguing mix of Stone Roses style melody and Ed Kuepperish 12 string strumming, the ambling Messenger Birds and the strident opener, The Eternal.

But really, it's all highlights as beautifully crafted song follows beautifully crafted song.

An album that rolls along like early morning mist as it quietly envelops you, its meandering moods enchant and absorb with each listen.

An understated aural treasure, No Vans Mary is well worth discovering and exploring.

Subtly captivating.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.