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Secret Colours

Positive Distractions

(Self-released; US: 29 Apr 2014; UK: Import)

On Positive Distractions, Chicago’s Secret Colours present a mix of swirling psychedelic pop, Merseybeat melodies, and T-Rex swagger. Yes, this line of business was manned by the Dandy Warhols around the turn of the millennium, and by Love and Rockets a decade before them. In other words, there’s nothing new here. But that doesn’t mean the likes of the dreamy “Take It Slow” and the singsong, chug-a-lugging title track don’t come with their own simple pleasures. All in all, not a bad one to unroll your picnic blanket to.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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