The Proper Ornaments - 'Wooden Head'
Nostalgic pop that sets up Veronica Falls' man's side project as serious psych-pop contenders
8 / 10
The Proper Ornaments make nostalgic pop that makes them sound like Temples’ chilled-out West Coast cousins. Featuring Veronica Falls guitarist James Hoare among their number, the London quartet have largely passed under the radar so far, but recent supports with Toy and Metronomy should help this second album cement them as serious psych-pop contenders. Taking the wistful harmonies and jangling guitar tones of The Byrds and throwing in dashes of several eminent ’60s cornerstones (a little Love here, a touch of The Zombies there), the likes of highlight ‘Ruby’ and ‘Step Into The Cold’ are gloriously faithful nods to their influences, executed with enough dedication to the head-music revivalist cause to make them far more than mere pastiche.
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