Santa Cruz’s Smiling C and celebrated selector Charles Balsey (curator of the excellent Club Meduse comps) team up for America Dream Reserve, an hour-long Casio-powered journey through lo-fi Americana, proto-disco, synth-washed lounge, and early drum machine-laden pop ballads. All 16 tracks here are absolute winners and perfectly encapsulate why we cherish private press. Like many crucial ’80s amateur recordings, the songs that make up ‘America Dream’ are incredibly heartfelt, almost to the point of endearingly goofy, with ambitious aims but frugal means. But it’s this uninhibited earnestness and eccentricity that makes the music so wonderfully fragile and compelling.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Country / Drum Machine / Lounge / Pop