Have you ever felt sad about the times you are living in? You may not always be able to
work it out, but you can sprinkle a little sugar on your sadness with songs like these.
A follow up collaboration between Mikey Young (Total Control / Eddy Suppression Ring) and
Keith Abrahamsson (Head of A&R at Anthology Recordings) to their 2017 compilation Follow
The Sun, Sad About the Times, at its core, is a set of North American 70s jammers.
With a hint (at times) of West Coast jangle, these tracks traverse the border between the
power pop of the times and a late-night coke jam. You can also hear echoes of folk rock,
soft rock, and even detect some psychedelic flashbacks. But despite the genre jumping, the
atmosphere of Sad About The Times is always dominated by a haunted human voice.
These songs come in the wake of the psychedelic sixties; after the high-flying idealism had
run its course and singer songwriters were ascendant. After the party, reality kicks in. They
all could have been hits. Each with a different flavor, all subtly conveying universal emotions
that are hard to describe but easy to feel.
Sadness can be life affirming; these songs can open that door. If they couldn't they wouldn't
be so enjoyable. "Heaven is boring, hell is where the action is" someone said but if you mix
the two together you might come up with some songs like these.
- Available on 2LP / CD / digital
- Artwork by Brian Blomerth
- A companion piece of sorts to V/A - Follow the Sun (ARC017) - An exploratory of 70s
FM through a distinctly Australian lens.