COMMON SAINTS - IDOL EYES EP 12" (STARSONICS)
It’s all a dialogue between God and science / spirituality and technology, and how they intertwine and interact with each other, and what that means for the world. I wanted to touch on some classic vibes and sounds from multi-decades and create something nutritious for the mind, body and soul. Full of love and unity for a world that is so divided. The lyrics of Idol Eyes represent a utopia of sound, where music is religion and the gods the song. People keep on moving and they sing along, this feeling is a heaven where we all belong. It’s a realisation of how we are all the same, and only societal constructs pull us apart. Getting high and making love. Those two things are some of the simplest of human desires.
"I’d be bigging this record up with platitudes like “record of the year so far…”, etc. except that the fucker came out late last year and I missed out! Don’t worry though, it’s just been re-pressed in slightly more realistic quantities, so we can all enjoy. And by god it needed it. In any fair and just world this record would sell a few million copies, and the band could all buy the yachts that this music sounds like it was made to be played on. What you have here is 5 tracks of the most sublime blue-eyed soft rock you’re likely to hear this year, or most years. In bygone days this would be hailed as “Balearic’, but it’s now more likely to get tagged with the ‘yacht rock’ label. Whatever … who cares … it’s flipping gorgeous. The influences are pretty obvious ones like David Crosby’s – If I Could Only Remember My Name LP, Steely Dan, Loggins & Messina’s – Pathway To Glory, Ned Doheny, as well as some more contemporary artist like Psychemagik, A Mountain Of One, and Kirk Degiorgio’s criminally overlooked debut The Beauty Room LP from the 2006. If you like these artists (and let’s face it, if you’re bothering to follow me / read this, you probably do) then you will love this. But the thing that makes this so special and really sets it apart is the quality of the songs, which from the opening title track is just outstanding. I was smitten about a minute in. The epic 9-minute Lovesong on side 2 is also a highlight, but there aren’t any low ones." - Balearic Mike