Not since Jackie Trent came out of Newcastle Under Lyme has good music been discovered from this neck of the woods. Alfa 9 are tearing up the form books with their country, psych, rock effortlessly layered with smooth harmonies that has recently seen them play Minehead’s Shiiine On Festival. Signed to Blow Up records the band are receiving buckets of air time on the likes of 6 Music.
The band’s latest album My Sweet Movida is a delightful bucket load of musical treats. Starting with Smile Dog you are immediately brought to the spell of a revolving phasing chord sequence plus The Byrds type harmonies. Movida introduces a haunting whistle before tingling Rickenbacker sounding guitar proceeds a heavier sounding chorus. Different Corner speaks as it were a modern day Turn Turn Turn, replete with an addictive pop sound. Do It Again is the sort of tune Oxford’s fines Ride are trying to write interspersing dream like vocals with a fluid 60s vibe, the results are beauty in motion.
If you like the likes of The Stone Roses, Velocity Girl era Primal Scream, Real Estate and Swimming Tapes this will be right up your street of summer inspired guitar riffs with day dream like vocals. With further accolades from Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe plus playing the Liverpool Psych Festival the band are seemingly going places, that place is to the summit of mount Psych.
My Sweet Movida can be purchased from the Alfa 9 website