James William Hindle | Prospect Park

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Prospect Park

by James William Hindle

Being a hip young English man with a beard, James William Hindle is well aware that this will be the summer to revisit British folk rock of yore. He's not directly miming Mellow Candle guitar leads like Stephen Malkmus, but with members of Ladybug Transis
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Will Be Safe
4:07 album only
2. Come Down Slowly
4:05 album only
3. Leaving Trains
3:15 album only
4. Hoboken
3:14 album only
5. Country Song
2:57 album only
6. The Great Woodland Summer
3:30 album only
7. Doubt
3:20 album only
8. Hollow Bodies
2:35 album only
9. Shadows Cast a Lie
3:05 album only
10. Celebration
2:41 album only
11. Park Slope Song
2:20 album only


Album Notes
James William Hindle
Prospect Park (Badman Recording Co.)

What, you didn't know that British folk is suddenly hip this year? Don't you read Mike McGuirk? It's true. All those Richard Thompson jokes made by smarmy young music critics have come back to bite them all in the arse like a pair of 20-sided dice with rotting, crooked teeth. It may have started when the folks at Volkswagen took liberties with a dead man's song--every record collector has a friend who was livid when Nick Drake's "Pink Moon" suddenly served to hock the convertible Cabriolet. Or it may have begun when Welsh band Gorky's Zygotic Mynci dressed up their outstanding 2001 album The Blue Trees with the same kind of woodland instrumentation and dislocated arrangements once reserved for recordings by UK hippie folk rockers, the Incredible String Band. Hell, even the Winter Flowers were getting so popular this year that they had to pack up their lutes and leave the Bay Area for Los Angeles. And now that Pavement's Stephen Malkmus has begun ripping off Mellow Candle guitar leads and dropping names like Vashti Bunyan, it just makes more sense that a guy like James William Hindle could make a subtly stylish and exquisite sounding album like Prospect Park in the year 2003. Not that he's singing about faeries and mice and shit, but with a backing band that comprises members of Ladybug Transistor and Essex Green, Hindle's sophomoric long player is made up of the kind of amorous songs that will sit well between Nick Drake musings and Sandy Denny outtakes on that mixed tape you've been making to impress the cute girl at the record store who told you she likes the Fairport Convention. Hindle gets extra points for actually being English and for rocking a pointy beard on the gatefold picture of this fine recording. He's done for British folk what the Beachwood Sparks did for '70s LA canyon rock.
Eric Shea- East Bay Express



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Brian Handy

Trippy folk from days gone by
Hindle's "Prospect Park" hearkens back to sixties folk. My better half hated it, but I enjoyed the groovy vibe.