The Loch Ness Mouse - Key West
(Perfect Pop Records, 2002)
I had almost forgotten about this little gem. A Norwegian band that sounds like they have been living in Southern California all their lives. Emil Nikolaisen (of Serena Maneesh) plays the drums and people from Of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control guests. For all the guests, none of them takes the front seat. The driver seat is occupated by the bands songsmith-brothers, Ole Johannes and Jørn Åleskjær.
My favourites on the album are "Hanna & the Twins", "Ceylon Sailor" and the absolute stunningly beautiful "Salty Hair".
The band has been listening a lot to Beach Boys, post Pet Sounds. You can also hear elements of bands like The Turtles, The Zombies and my new favourites The Left Banke. Classic sunshine-pop inspired by the sixties is what you get from The Loch Ness Mouse, and that's a thing that you just can't get enough of.
Since this album they have released the album 11-22, also a great album, but a lot slicker and more in the vein of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. More about that album another time. Now get outside in the sunshine with Key West on your earphones.
Man, it's still April and I'm longing for the summer.
So people, if you own this - put it on. If you don't, go dig it up in a record store.
Or you could just listen to it on Spotify