Album #163: Choir Boy – Gathering Swans

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Label: Dais
  • Best Track: Sweet Candy

Catching up with this second LP from synth-drenched indie-poppers Choir Boy, which was released in early May. It’s another one I missed at the time, and that I can’t even remember how I found it since.

However it happened, it’s a beautiful piece of work. Singer Adam Klopp has a wonderful, yearning voice not dissimilar to Morrissey, although I’m sure he’s nowhere near as much of a knobhead.

What I really like about this album is that although I’m settling for the unsatisfying experience of listening to it on Apple Music, it feels like I’m listening to a record. What I mean is that it feels like there is a Side A and a Side B. Instrumental track ‘St. Angela Merici’ acts as an interlude between the two, and then ‘Sweet Candy’ seems like not simply Track 6, but the start of the second half of the record. It’s a great song too, with its ’80s XTC/Prefab Sprout aura and disturbingly puzzling lyrics (“And temptation haunts the chronic masturbator, has he lost his taste for happy endings?”).

That’s followed by the awesomely catchy ‘Shatter’, and closer ‘Gathering Swans’ rounded the record off perfectly.

Excellent stuff, which I think I would definitely put in my top 10 of albums released so far in the incredibly weird year that 2020 is turning out to be.

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