Vincent Minor, ostensibly and literally born in another era performs music delightfully reminiscent of Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain.” Along with his father’s influence (Rufus), Vincent’s melodies, though not as folksy, warm the cockles of the modern heart. Coupled with his lyrical flair and his evident adoration of Canterbury psych, this music draws upon visceral feelings of being human as well as his intimacy of prog rock. The magnetism of influences ring true to anyone that can draw upon the purity of Americana, British psych and a talent for storytelling while never detracting from the sparkling, singular talent exuding from this EP. Anyone ambitious enough to reference Morrissey and Freud in the same line along with LSD leaves me anxious to hear more. "I'm indoctrinated with their point of view.”
“..followed you down, I wish that I followed you through that cloud" (as the plane went down)... what happens now when you break that composure you smoke another cigarette and you drink like a soldier". Lyrics this intense, this honestly brutal and sensitive resonate through lifting fogs that may as well be death or rebirth. The song “Friday,” another possible Gene Kelly influence, is absolutely right on in a unique way rarely heard by other contemporaries. It’s not only raining kids, the sky is falling--Gene Kelly would have never conceived the thought that his song could have such a dark reference; if only he looked up at the low-hanging clouds pouring down on his skull.
This is an excellent conglomeration of so many past and present styles. Maybe we are all a little "'out of our head" from Being Born in the Wrong Era. 7/10 -- P. Somniferum & P.J. (15 July, 2009)