Lilys: Better Can't Make Your Life Better (1996)
Opener "Cambridge California" could be a great lost Apples tune (ditto the title track), skewed and jittery baroque pop; "A Nanny In Manhattan" shows a relentlessly creative band going a little nuts with all the studio has to offer, a swirling blast of OTC and XTC. "Shovel Into Spade Kit" dusts off some Kinks-friendly riffs and messes them up with lysergic playfulness. Album closer "Returns Every Morning" rocks a Revolver-esque guitar riff and some Monkees jangle. And in between is all sorts of wonderfully infectious pop with the occasional psychedelic cool-down.
It's a blast from start to finish, hints of nostalgia but fresh and lively. Check it out.
Here's an audio rip of "Shovel Into Spade Kit":Here's "A Nanny" on Top of The Pops (!):Here's a live take on the title track:
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