The Belltowers — Here to Stay / Lovin' You
(Market Square Records MSR-08, 2015, 7")
by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-06-26
The Belltowers hail from Florida and have been making music since 2006. This new single is their second release and it features two delectable slices of West Coast psych/folk rock, most notably The Byrds. “Here to Stay” is a catchy ballad with jangling guitars, beautiful vocal harmonies, and a very cool backwards guitar break just before the end of the song. “Here to Stay” is firmly in Gene Clark territory. When you flip the disc over to side two, you could almost swear that “Lovin’ You” is a lost track from either Mr. Tambourine Man or Turn! Turn! Turn! The Belltowers have completely captured the essence of The Byrds and their vocalist, Paul Mutchler, sounds like Roger McGuinn’s vocal twin. A truly amazing record! I wish there was more than two short songs. If you are a Byrds fan or enjoy West Coast psych, it is certainly worth your while to pick up a copy of this excellent single.
Related artist(s): The Belltowers
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