Radar Brothers – The Illustrated Garden

January 01, 1970

(Merge)

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Ironically, the abrupt change that nearly put the cap on the
Radar Brothers’ career two years ago actually resulted in the band’s rebirth. Singer/guitarist
Jim Putnam’s bandmates had called it quits, leaving him alone with a tapped out
brand and little idea about how he’d soldier on. Thankfully, he opted to
regroup, enlisting drummer Steve Treichel and bassist Be Hussey to begin the
band anew.

 

Consequently, The
Illustrated Garden
represents the start of phase two in the Radar Brothers’
trajectory, one which… um, will hopefully put them on the radar. There’s good
reason to believe that could be the case, given the fact that Treichel and
Hussey add a much needed oomph to Putnam’s languid melodies. There’s still a
dreamy, atmospheric aura cast over these proceedings, but with a new rhythm
section effectively primed, the group no longer find themselves drifting
aimlessly in the haze. The majority of these songs – “Dear Headlights,”
“Rainbow” and Horses Warriors” in particular – are swept along with a steadfast
strum and a determined pace, even as the shifting textures swirl around them.
That’s not to say they’ve abandoned their earlier introspection entirely; “And
the Birds” sounds like an outtake from Pink Floyd’s classic opus, Wish You Were Here while “Radio” is
swathed with psychedelia.  Even so, The Illustrated Garden seems to be
sketched from a broader palette. 

 

Standout
Tracks:
“Dear Headlights,” “And the Birds” LEE ZIMMERMAN

 

 

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