Selmanaires - Here Come the Selmanaires Review
by Rob Nipe
The Selmanaires are a trip. And I mean that with all the 60's psychedelic undertones I can muster. Here are a group of guys that have a clear love of this genre of music. They succeed not only in creating a sound that could have easily come from this other era but one that safely remains new and interesting. It is the Yardbird's song that you have never heard but done by a contemporary group like Velvet Revolver. There is a fine line between emulation and replication and the Selmanaires leap confidently and successfully to the emulation side.
Smiling, mop-topped men playing their guitars strapped high on their chest swim in my mind as "Images" unfolds. This picture is complete right down to the vocals. There is a chord created in the repetitious chorus. "Images (Images, Images) moving round and round and round and round." There is perfection in that moment because it is stolen from another time. I don't know if my joy in this album comes from a soft spot for this genre of music that I grew up on or in the admiration for the effortless way the Selmanaires have created this false authenticity. And it doesn't really matter when you get down to it. This is a surprisingly enjoyable album that isn't a chore to listen to.
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