Exposé Online banner

Pugwash — Silverlake
(Lojinx LJX111, 2017, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-12-12

Silverlake Cover art

Thomas Walsh, aka Pugwash, has been recording and performing his unique blend of ELO, XTC, and Beach Boys pop rock for over 20 years. Hailing from Drimnagh, South Dublin, Walsh caught the attention of his musical heroes, but somehow has eluded mainstream success. Perhaps the time is now with the release of his seventh album, Silverlake. What is different with Silverlake is that for this release, Pugwash is essentially a collaboration between Walsh and Jason Falkner. Walsh wrote, arranged, and played acoustic guitar on all songs, while Falkner played everything else except the strings, sang backing vocals, recorded, and produced the album. The result is a set of eleven pop-rock songs plus a bonus track featuring Walsh’s catchy melodies and soothing vocals, plus Falkner’s sonic footprint. The songs range from singer-songwriter ballads to pop-rock tunes with a bit of ELO and Beatles influence, along with a nod or two to The Byrds and West Coast psych. Exquisite vocal harmonies abound. And once in a while Pugwash throws in one or two jazzy bits and even some experimental tricks like reversed tapes and echoed / reverbed vocals. The bonus track is an exceptional trippy pop psych ballad. It is challenging to single out individual tracks as the entire album is a joyful listening experience. So do yourself a favor and snag a copy of this album, you won’t be disappointed.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Pugwash

More info
http://www.lojinx.com/releases/pugwash/silverlake

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Tibbetts - The Fall of Us All – Steve is back with his first solo offering since 1990's Big Map Idea. For the uninitiated, this Minnesota guitarist's music is truly in a league of its own, anything from a swirling maelstrom of...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues