Self Released (2015)
I had mentioned the other week that as soon as I had listened to The Pretty Flowers insanely great debut full length, Why Trains Crash, I immediately bought everything else they were selling on their Bandcamp page. That was a T shirt and two 7"s. This is their debut 7" that came out back in 2015. I can't believe this thing has been out in the world for three years and wasn't in my record collection. That's just wrong.
This 7" starts off with an early version of a song that ended up on their full length called "My Alchemist." Even this version, which is a bit more stripped down and is missing some of the backing harmonies and guitar flourishes, you can tell what a perfect, well written song it is at the very core. I just love it, not even sure what else to say. It's melodic and beautiful and catchy. I can't get over how great this band is.
The two songs on the B side are exclusive to this 7". The first is "In The Summer." It's a fast paced, pretty straightforward pop song. It once again showcases the bands incredible knack for writing hooks. It may be a little simpler than some of their other songs, but it punches above its weight.
Lastly we have a cover song; "Panama." No, not that shitty Van Helen song. This Panama is a J Church cover from their Tide Of Fate 7". I'm admittedly not as thoroughly knowledgable on J Church's vast discography as a lot of folks are, but I know this song. I'm not sure where from, because I have a lot of J Church catching up to do, but this Pretty Flowers version is definitely not the first time I've heard this song. The Pretty Flowers version is great too. What can I say, everything they touch turns to gold.
The Pretty Flowers - My Alchemist 7":