The Jigsaw Seen are back with their third record in three years. Following the success and acclaim of albums Bananas Foster and Winterland, Gifted digs from the same goldmine as their last effort – both thematically and musically. The group pins jangle against psychedelia with streaks of 60’s pop. Their new record begins with “Open Up The Box Pandora“, a song reminiscent of Johnny Marr and the rhythm section of The Smiths. Jonathan Lea‘s tremelo-laden washy guitar is followed by Teddy Freese‘s thunderous drums and slightly distorted vocals from Dennis Davison. “Sell Me A Coat” (written by David Bowie) alternates between a ringing, fuzzy, New York proto-punk guitar riff and a jovial, bouncy chorus. Davison‘s vocals sit tucked away behind a haze that is made up of Tom Currier‘s walking bass and layers of Lea‘s electric and acoustic guitars. “The More You Change” places the shimmy of T. Rex at the ends with The Kinks brand of 60’s rock in the middle. The Jigsaw Seen take the sound they’ve crafted for the past 20 years and adapt it to the tone of the winter season.
“Open Up The Box Pandora” has received pre-release spins from KXLU, Rodney Bingenheimer at KROQ, & KCSN.
RIYL: Guided By Voices, Love, XTC, The Zombies
Recommended Tracks: track #1 “Open Up the Box Pandora”, track #5 “Sell Me A Coat”, track #7 “The More You Change”, track #10 “Pretend It’s Christmas”
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