Listening to Bootikins, the 2nd album in Aussie band Augie March‘s comeback since they returned from hiatus in 2014, it’s hard to imagine music that is more far removed from what is trendy in modern rock circles than this.
Bootikins sounds like it was made in the early 80s when the likes of Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Robyn Hitchcock, The Go-Betweens and XTC were making idiosyncratic and sophisticated pop-rock music.
Augie March, of course, have been around for a considerable period – since the release of their debut in 2000 – and on Bootikins, their six album overall – the band stays true to their musical agenda.
Songs like “Fake Jive”, “The Long Wait and See”, “I Woke Up in Borgolombardo” and the title track, impress with their old world charm, offbeat sensibilities and unique melodies/harmonies.
The wide-ranging influences detected on Bootikins, reveal intricate, lush, and dense arrangements topped off by songwriter Glenn Richard’s poetic lyrics.
A rare beauty not to be missed!
… still there’s more …