1. Fonda - I Can Still Hear Our Song

  2. Astropop 3 - Anything

  3. Fiel Garvie - I Didn't Say

  4. Pinkie - She's Dead

  5. Mark Gardener - Snow In Mexico

  6. The Sixth Great Lake - Everything is White

  7. Sister Vanilla - Pastel Blue

  8. Xavier Pelleuf - Fourth of July

  9. The Voyces - Don't Want to Go Back

  10. Camera Obscura - Books Written for Girls

  11. The Asteroid No. 4 - Back Where I Belong

  12. Freeheat - Back on the Water

  13. Goldrush - Counting Song

  14. Tracy Shedd - Airplane

  15. The Autumn Leaves - See the Light Again

  16. Linda Draper - Colorblind

  17. Michael Barrett - Loving Arms

  18. Dakota Suite - All That I Can Hold Near

PSR031

Various Artists
“Sunsets & Silhouettes”

Released October 4, 2004
Produced by Neil DelParto, Kevin Corrie, and Steve Frank

A rather amazing collection of artists from around the globe. "Sunsets And Silhouettes" was at some point thought of as the last gasp for Planting Seeds. The compiling of the collection went as smoothly as one could ask for, obtaining tracks via Spain's Elephant Records (Camera Obscura, although former Heveanly and Marine Reseacrch folk, the Tender Trap would not make it onto the final track listing). What was a welcome suprise was the inclusion of long time favorites from the Jesus & Mary Chain camp: Freeheat and Sister Vanilla (Much thanks goes to Niina Talikka, Ben Lurie, Jim Reid, and Linda Reid).

Visit Planting Seeds' accompanying website for brief bios of participating artists.


Erasing Clouds / Issue 28, November 2004

The cowboys-in-the-sunset cover photos for Planting Seeds Records' Sunsets and Silhouettes compilation give the album a retro, 1970s look for some reason, but all the music is from the here and now. Some of the songs come from recent or forthcoming releases, but almost all will be new to most listeners' ears, even for fans of the 18 included bands. The title Sunsets and Silhouettes has a psychedelic ring to it, yet while there are definitely bands here that tilt that direction, it's always in a gentle way. The focus is generally on dreamy, melodic pop songs, whether it's melancholy songs from U.K. bands Pinkie and Camera Obscura (a slow, pretty version of "Books Written for Girls" from Underachievers Please Try Harder) or very 1960s-sounding songs from Minneapolis' The Autumn Leaves and Vermont's The Sixth Great Lake. What's most important for you to know about Sunsets and Silhouettes is that the quality of the songs is impeccable - all 18 songs are equally worthy of your attention - and the album is put together cohesively, so the songs feel natural next to each other. The album's pleasures come from both new faces and old friends. Of the latter, there's a track by Mark Gardener which is the first song I've heard from him since Ride (if it's not quite up to that band's heyday, it's still a compelling song, and it's quite interesting to hear his familiar voice in a more stripped-down context), and great songs from both of the new groups that have risen from the ashes of the Jesus & Mary Chain, Freeheat (with Jim Reid) and Sister Vanilla (with sister Linda Reid singing and William Reid on guitar). Idiosyncratic singer-songwriters Xavier Pellef and Linda Draper both make a strong first impression on me with their contributions, and there's also great songs from underrated musicians like Fiel Garvie and Tracy Shedd. Sunsets and Silhouettes comes to a close with Dakota Suite's "All That I Can Hold Near," which feels like a sunset, gorgeous but fading. But unlike a memorable sunset, these songs will live on as more than just a memory, due to the work of Planting Seeds Records in putting together such a great compilation.

Vanity Project (UK) / Issue 14, March 23, 2005

A game of two halves this, but nonetheless 18 cuts of hazy cut grass from the finest popletiers around. Fonda skip through fields with a puffed-chest tweeness that recalls Echobelly. Astropop 3 apply a Stone Roses pinch to acoustic melancholy, which contrasts with Fiel Garvie’s Cranes/Cocteau crystallisation of heavy wintry breathiness. Mark Gardener’s West Coast burnt; Parsons-esque country is mirrored later by The Voyces and the Asteroid No. 4, with the latter more rugged in their approach. Camera Obscura’s live acoustic yearnings and Linda Draper’s cutglass innocence are highlights, while Xavier Pelleuf’s cleansing shoegazey gospel and Sister Vanilla’s minimalist 60’s girl group melodies capture the imagination. – Skif