From Cardiff with love comes the latest ditty from the merry popfolkie Euros Childs. On “Ali Day” he channels oodles of sunshine andskipping into two tight minutes for a swift burst of twee goodness.Centered around the full-bodied piano low-end featured on SufjanStevens’ indie-classic Illinois, “Day” also plays on the sameyouthful purity invoked by the Boy Least Likely To’s most bubblynumbers. After a Welsh language experiment on his last full-length Bore Da,the former Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci frontman is back to singing in Englishover playful psychedelic folk not far from his mid-’90s output.
Withthe same lover’s ecstasy as Lennon’s “Oh Yoko”, Childs’ “Ali Day” wouldnot be out of place on a Wes Anderson soundtrack between Cat Stevensand the Kinks should the quirky auteur ever hope to elicit a quicksmile. With good humor, Childs warns that “if you bounce a ball againsta wall, one day that ball might not come back at all,” but fortunatelyit’d take a lot more than a lost ball to rid his songs of their owntrademark bounce. Euros Childs’ The Miracle Inn lands in the U.S. Oct. 23 via Wichita Recordings.
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Euros Childs – “Ali Day”
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