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'The Smell of Souchong'   

-  Label: 'Get Well Soon'
-  Genre: 'Pop' -  Release Date: '16th August 2019'

Our Rating:
Lifted from the album ‘Wabi-Sabi’, ‘The Smell of Souchong’ – yes, a paean to the smoky whiff of Lapsang tea – sees the band formed by Ed Cares, formerly one of west London's most in-demand male nannies, with the assistance of local musicians Emma Topolski (bass/vocals), Rich Le Gate (guitar), and Daniel Dyson (drums), kick out a slice of their increasingly popular skewed, off-centre, softcore psych.

On the one hand, I feel I should applaud their ‘wellness mission’ which has seen the band and their label hosting ‘mindfulness and meditation retreats, selling hand-made scented candles, bath bombs, and a scratch’n’sniff lavender vinyl’.

On the other… ‘The Smell of Souchong’ is ok at best. It’s a bit poppy, a bit groovy, a bit melodic, a bit uptempo. ‘I like waking up to a tidy room… and the smell of Suchong’, Ed sings buoyantly.

And despite being a fan of decent tea (my cupboard contains not only Lapsang Souchong, but also Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Gunpowder, I cant help but think ‘fuck this guy and middle-class shit’. Which is completely hypocritical, I know. It’s not about the tea, to be honest: it’s the jauntiness. I can’t abide jaunty, chirpy shit – so I’m out and on a quest for a piping Java instead.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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