Album Review: Mint Julep – ‘Save Your Season’

Melodically sophisticated and dreamy

A “husband/wife dream-pop duo from Portland, Oregon”. An instrumental opener called ‘[b]Chasing The Wind Catching The Shadows[/b]’. A first line that goes “[i]I lie awake, dreaming of landscapes and the rain[/i]” (‘[b]Aviary[/b]’). Yeah, I know, there is a hell of a lot of that kind of thing about at the moment, but the simple fact is [a]Mint Julep[/a] are just great at doing it. Songs like ‘[b]Cherry Radio[/b]’ and ‘[b]Stay[/b]’ are melodically sophisticated, synthetically textured and actually dreamy. It’s unquestionably a beautiful (debut) album, and one that may be well-timed, what with so many folk falling for that [b]College feat Electric Youth[/b] tune from [i]Drive,[/i] which could easily sit on here.

[i]Hamish MacBain[/i]

Details

Record label: Save Your Season
Release date: 21 Nov, 2011