Album Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, ‘Midnight Sun’

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl

 

 

Music is one of the only fields where we hold the sins, or saintliness, of the father against the son. Sean Lennon has had it both a lot harder, and a lot easier, than most musicians over the years. His second release as the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, his group with his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, should lend credence to both the misgivings of critics and the joy of fans. In short, there’s a lot of Lennonesque psychedelia going on here, the “Tomorrow Never Knows”-style backward guitars and Eastern tones of “Xanadu” in particular. “Too Deep” sounds like Oasis doing their Beatles shtick. But on the title track, where Muhl takes a more prominent vocal role, the song’s sitar-funk sounds like a Mod-era soundtrack to a car chase. “Golden Earrings” is a meandering, pensive slice of cinematic psychedelia, while “Great Expectations” is a descent into the watery abyss. It’s an accomplished, enjoyable record from start to finish, regardless of references or lineage. (Out Today)

 

ESSENTIAL “Xanadu”

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger performs at Brighton Music Hall on June 7.

 

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl – Animals

Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl

Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl

 

Following the premiere of the epic Moth To A Flame, it’s time to take another dive into The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger’s excellent forthcoming album, Midnight Sun.

Animals points to the heavier side of the band and finds Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (these days augmented live by Jared Samuel, Tim Kuhl and Robbie Mangano) channeling the unnerving zephyrs of Tame Impala’s Lonerism alongside space-psych choruses that recall Bends-era Radiohead.

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Midnight Sun is due for release on April 28 via Lennon’s Chimera Music label.