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Jim Nothing - In The Marigolds (Meritorio) Col LP

Jim Nothing - In The Marigolds (Meritorio) Col LP

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“We should get lost ‘cos at least that’s something to do” could perhaps sum up the creation of “In The Marigolds”, an album in the vein of classic New Zealand indie rock created mostly as an excuse to hang out between old friends.

It’s a varied, but cohesive album that brims with pleasantly scuffed, quietly considered charm: slightly-delic, all-out-rockers, reflective numbers and quirky perspectives, pitting James Sullivan’s salty vocals and jangling guitar against Anita Clark’s candied vocals and violin. But also this album has at its core a feeling of homeliness, an understated dedication to DIY music making and the kiwi tradition of tinkering away in the garage. Songs nod openly to the South Island sounds-of-yesteryear without feeling hamstrung by nostalgic whiff. Rather Jim Nothing implement the rickety gallop of The Bats (Seahorse Kingdom) or chug-a-chug moves of 3d's (Yellow House) as a bed to bud their own groggyheaded guitar-steez. "Never Come Down" sports the kind of spring-loaded chorus Tamaki Makaurau futurist P.H.F. might mess around with, while "Borrowed Time" pits power-pop urgency against the easy thrum of Melted Ice Cream alumni, Salad Boys.

Should every sunny indie rock outfit have a violinist handy? Anita Clarke makes a strong case for yes. She acts across the record as anchor and soloist- emotionally weighted leads/reedy sustains as defiant as anything/angelic harmonies to boot. (Sullivan's rungs guitar and Feary's straight- backed, drumming heroics...)

Jim Nothing’s In The Marigolds started with the recording of ‘Only Life’ in 2018 inside a poorly insulated storage unit in the depths of southern winter. James, Anita and Brian had all flatted together for a period four years earlier - but found themselves reunited and making a song together on this cold evening. James had been living up north for a few years and quietly establishing a backlog of songs and ideas for a then-fictional Jim Nothing album. The trio found themselves sporadically in the same city as each other, and organised recording sessions, mostly as a way to enjoy each other’s company.

Over 4 decades ago Chris Knox offered transcendence through destruction on the dank suburban anthem Pull Down The Shades- "Rippin the guts out of stranded automobiles/can't you see how beautiful it feels" he spat with gleeful, nervy energy. On "Never Come Down" Sullivan offers a gentler solution to humdrum living *
"We should get lost cos at least that's something to do" he sings, manically dejected, a voice like Elmore James weaned on The dB's.

FORMAT: Limited edition White Vinyl LP with insert.

Meritorio  MER038