[flickr-photo:id=234859489,size=t] the george harrison to chris knox‘s john lennon. alec bathgate’s always kept a couple steps back in his fellow tall dwarfs shadow, but released a lovely little byrds-jangle-pop album (with heavy beatles and beach boy flourishes) in 1996. somewhat more technically competent than knox, and somewhat reserved (in comparison at least), bathgates’ a reflective, precarious song-writer of great talent.
bathgate then resurfaced in a solo capacity a mere 8 years later with the superb indifferent velvet void, an album chock full of pop-classics and weighty lyrics. signing to the auckland-based lil chief, bathgate has played just one solo show prior to it’s release, as part of a joint cd-release promotion with fellow christchurch popsters pine.
picks in bold
- ‘pet hates’/’happy hound’ 7″ single [1995 flying nun FN333]
- gold lame [1996 flying nun FN353] rn
- nunfest ’96 etched 7″ [1995 flying nun FN373]
- the indifferent velvet void [2004 lil chief] rn
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- pet hatesrn
- should i wake up?rn
- life ain’t easy (when your dead)rn