Q - p.1193 stars out of 5
-- "[With] a touch of Soft Machine added to his Brian Wilson and Steely Dan fixations....Largely pastoral English whimsy at its best."
Uncut - p.834 stars out of 5
-- "[T]hese articulate odes to pop's past strike the right balance between carefully studied craft and melodic inspiration."
The High Llamas: Winnie Asmah, Tania Degale, Sylvia Arthur, Kelsey Michael (vocals); Jackie Norrie, Marcus Holdaway, Harriet Davies, Brian Wright (strings); David Christensen (clarinet); Sefa Steer.
Personnel: Kelsey Michael (vocals); Sefa Steer (harp); Brian G. Wright , Jacqueline Norrie (strings); David Christensen (clarinet).
Audio Mixers: Jon ; Joe Watson; Sean O'Hagan.
Recording information: Goldtop Studios; Trinity.
The High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan has always proudly worn his Brian Wilson fixation on his sleeve. Throughout his career, O'Hagan has embraced the primary tenet that makes Wilson's (and his own) music so enduring: always please the ear. Easier said than done for most, but on their eighth studio outing, CAN CLADDERS, the London-based band make it look effortless with buoyant melodies, airy harmonies, and strings that lend the sugar a touch of baroque sophistication.