(Low Transit Industries, Aust)
Branches and Fronds Brushing the Windows sees the 'becks spread their wings, musically and lyrically, from the melody laden anti-war opener 'Guilty Spring' right through to the pulsing and mysterious keyboard driven 8-minute finalé, 'Trying Too Hard'. The sweet pop harmonies and irresistible hooks of 'Mens Suit Hire' draw the listener into its wryly observed tale of obsession, and like the lyric's protagonist, just won't leave you be. The Steinbecks emerged in 1994 from the ashes of seminal early '90s pop combo The Sugargliders. The 'gliders released a string of singles and one album for legendary English pop label, Sarah Records. The Sugargliders' appeal was built on the distinctive lyrical subtlety and unashamed pop sensibility of brothers Josh & Joel Meadows. Branches and Fronds> is The Steinbecks' fourth major release after At Home and Abroad with The Steinbecks (1995), From the Wrestling Chair to the Sea (1997) and Recorded Music Salon (2000). This latest incarnation of The Steinbecks retains the Meadows brothers' signature warm-yet-sparkling melodies and insightful lyrics, and adds the propulsive basslines of Andy Gosden and unrestrained drumming of Jerry Rinse.