You gotta hand it to singer / songwriter HARPER SIMON, he sure knows how to put together a lovely little tune.
I defy anyone, no matter whether they are into their punk, rock, metal – whatever, not to be caught up in the willowy harmonies and lightly picked acoustic guitar of ‘Berkeley Girl.’ I tried so hard to dislike this, but quite honestly just couldn’t think of one single reason why I should. I don’t think I can even say with any conviction that ‘this is not a track I’d personally choose to play,’ – because in all likelihood I’m going to return to this CD time and again.
(Damn my honesty!)
That the song itself has (at least to a philistine like me) distinct echoes of Simon and Garfunkel, yet still sounds contemporary, but distant from the dreaded ‘twee’ label, is decent recommendation for starters. The vocals are nice and relaxed and the whole song has a really warm and cosy, comforting feel to it.
There’s not much more I can say. Nice!
(Released through [PIAS] Recordings on 13th September 2010)