Call it westcoast pop, L.A. pop or slick music or whatever you want. But with a name like POWDER BLUE TUX you are right on the spot for the genre! It is the project of London (UK) based BARNEY HURLEY and so far there is a single up for grabs, on both CD and vinyl.
The first song is “Container zero” bringing you a lovely westcoast tune with a nice beat. Stylewise like a mix of PAGES, STEELY DAN and OLE BÖRUD, it is a killer song that doesn’t get worse by the guitar solo by JAY GRAYDON. He always delivers!
Second track “Mayfair” is softer, especially the smooth beginning of the song which has lots of jazz over it. As the tune begins for real we get laidback westcoast pop á la 90’s STEELY DAN, where Hurley plays the drums.
Talking about who plays what. Among the guesting musicians we find ELLIOT RANDALL (guitar) and PETER ERSKINE (drums) among the ones I am a bit familiar with – the rest are skilled players as well. And it’s along list, since there’s naturally also horns involved.
Since I do not own this single yet, there is some information still unclear. For example the lead vocals. I am guessing it is Barney himself singing, but I am awaiting a reply (and I will update the review as soon as I know). Same goes for the producer. But since Barney Hurley is the arranger and songwriter I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the producer as well. No matter what – this is great westcoast pop, just the way we like it. Give me more!