The new Red Jacket Mine album Someone Else’s Cake is due out 19th of february on Fin Records. I’ve had the pleasure to listen to it for the past month or so and I really like it. I suppose it’s no wonder, because if I look at the favorites list on their website, I can’t be entirely sure I haven’t hacked the site in my dreams and written a major part of the list myself (Big Star, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Sparklehorse, Sloan, Lee Hazlewood etc).
The third Red Jacket Mine album contains a lot of that power pop thing that I love so dearly. For example Ron Nasty is such a great melodic pop song. Power pop influences are just one side of the story though. The frontman Lincoln Barr grew up in Memphis and therefore it’s not a surprise that soul music is very dear to him. Someone Else’s Cake holds a lot of soul inside. That might well be the reason why Red Jacket Mine often sounds very refreshing. I mean I’ve spent my whole adulthood listening to bands influenced by Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello and while I still love that kind of bands, Red Jacket Mine offers something new by wrapping that melodic pop inside soul sounds.
Oh. And one of my biggest musical heroes, Ken Stringfellow sings backing vocals on three songs. This opening track Amy isn’t one of them though. They also have a new video for the title track, which you can find by clicking this.