The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger: Midnight Sun

Beatles heir + US model = psychedelic bliss.

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Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl first met at Coachella about 10 years ago, since when they’ve co-opted their romantic union into a musical one. Acoustic Sessions, their first album as The GOASTT, arrived in the wake of a Mark Ronson-produced single in 2010. Its stripped nature hinted at a tripsy folk future, with gentle overtones of 60s psych. Pleasant as that was, Midnight Sun feels like the first true flowering of their combined talents.

There are delightfully spacey tunes about Orpheus, “lipstick anarchists” and forays down the yellow brick road, while the settings – all cosmic whimsy and rich dreamscapes – suggest a bucolic American pow-wow between Kevin Ayers and Teenage Fanclub.

While it all feels very deliberately kaleidoscopic, there’s a genuine sense of innocence and wonder to these songs that ultimately wins out. Their voices dovetail sweetly (hers like Isobel Campbell’s; his like his dad’s), while the arrangements are endlessly inventive, with splashy beats and warm traces of The Zombies and latterday voyagers Tame Impala.

Hard to pick a highlight, but the sweeping fade of Moth To A Flame sounds like one giant hallelujah to the heavens.

Rob Hughes

Freelance writer for Classic Rock since 2008, and sister title Prog since its inception in 2009. Regular contributor to Uncut magazine for over 20 years. Other clients include Word magazine, Record Collector, The Guardian, Sunday Times, The Telegraph and When Saturday Comes. Alongside Marc Riley, co-presenter of long-running A-Z Of David Bowie podcast. Also appears twice a week on Riley’s BBC6 radio show, rifling through old copies of the NME and Melody Maker in the Parallel Universe slot. Designed Aston Villa’s kit during a previous life as a sportswear designer. Geezer Butler told him he loved the all-black away strip.