[8 November 2009]
Unless you sell sausages or grow crops, putting “Farmer” at the beginning of your name probably isn’t the best idea. It isn’t clear whether Farmer Dave Scher has a green thumb or stock in the pork industry, but it’s rather evident that he is an avid lover of psychedelic-pop music. How else could you name an album Flash Forward to the Good Times? Denim overalls and corn-husking aside, his debut album is one part Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys, one-part Neil Diamond, two-parts UK psych, and a dash of sand, sun, and waves, dude. That makes for some seriously fun, catchy nostalgic pop tunes to momentarily cure those autumn blues for all of us not living in Southern California. Sure, tracks “Our Love is a Wave” or “Feel Me Baby” are as ridiculous and subtly humorous as their titles suggest. But damn, how his lush and dreamy sound makes you yearn for a summer make-out session down by the boardwalk. Way to “hang loose”, Dave.