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Harvey Bassett’s picaresque career began as drummer in a 1970s post-punk band in his native UK and then led to New York where he discovered house and garage music, which he proceeded to import to London clubs in the 1980s as DJ Harvey. Now based in California, the quixotic musical adventurer appears in his latest guise, an enjoyable but indulgent swerve back in time to classic west coast psychedelic rock with his Wildest Dreams band.
The album cover is a pastiche of a 1972 album by ex-Spirit frontman Randy California, and the songs are equally faithful in their record-crate-digging evocation of a vanished era of stoned music-making – all hazy grooves, languid solos, nostalgic hymns to Californian highways that lead to really far-out bars and noodling jams that mimic the play of water on the Pacific at dusk. Or, hey, something like that, man.
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