At a first glance the name 39th and The Nortons might have you thinking you’ve stumbled across an old Stax or Decca soul 45. While that’d be might cool indeed, the truth is just about as cool.
39th and The Nortons features Nick Wheeldon of the French psych rockers Os Noctambulos and one’s first reading of this information and indeed the song title ‘Golden Sand’ was going to make us think this outfit was going to have some more of those wild howls, whoops and hollers you usually find on the ‘Back from The Grave’ records.
Audio prejudices put aside, what we have here is some very charming and thoughtful indie pop which calls upon a string quartet to douse the Allah-las style guitars in orchestral velvet. ‘Warm’ and ‘Grand’ are overused words in the realm of music journalism but fortunately for us, this isn’t the case this time. Think more about Real Estate, Broken Social Scene and newest Black Lips record this time around. Hell it’s ELO if Jeff Lynne was confined to a tiny garage.
‘Golden Sand’ is the first single coming from upcoming LP ‘The Dreamers’ and it’s shaping up to be another home run in the Stolen Body Records already interesting and diverse canon.