If the Beach Boys and the Pixies ever married, u.n.p.o.c. would be their baby.
And this baby ain’t ugly.
This album is unbelievably catchy. I must admit that before listening to this I had a severe bias against music that was too catchy. Of course, I’m a huge hypocrite for liking the Beach Boys and the Beatles, but somehow those bands are magically exempt.
Though catchy, this is nowhere near pop because hardly anyone has heard of u.n.p.o.c. – but the same hooks that make any pop song great are present in Fifth Column. Very lo-fi, this is a hidden gem in the world of catchy, acoustic indie music.
I might also mention this is a one-man project. His man’s name is Tom Bauchop and he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. I think he has something to do with a small-time recording company, according to the sum of all human knowledge.
This record is one that really just makes me want to pick up my own guitar and write something.
The whole album is good, but my two favorites are “Here On My Own” and “Nicaragua.”