The Late B.P. Helium
"Kumquat Mae" (Orange Twin) (three stars)
As '60s pop revivals go, this charming five-song effort by Elf Power bassist The Late B.P. Helium
(or Bryan Poole) is as whimsical as the best Of Montreal (another band that's benefited greatly
from his grasp of all things psychedelic), but not as quirky. As Donovan-esque as the latest Beck,
but not as depressing. As tuneful as Apples In Stereo, but not as rock. And as perfect for taking a
walk along the beach in, say, October as the latest Minus 5, but not as likely to be named my album
of the year. Despite the length, at 17 minutes and change, it's eclectic enough -- an acoustic guitar
takes the lead on the album's only instrumental -- to make you wonder if it's all the same guy.
It does, however, sound like all the songs were recorded at the same time. Just not any time these
past few decades.
-- Ed Masley, Post-Gazette Pop Music Critic