Lemon Tree, the third album in four years from Ian Kehoe's Marine Dreams, is more mellow, delicate-sounding and electronic than its predecessor, last year's great, power-poppy Corner Of The Eye.
The former Attack in Black man is evidently comfortable in the studio, and getting more so with each release. Corner Of The Eye highlighted themes of love, but Lemon Tree focuses instead on reminiscing - there's even a song called Remembering. Kehoe's acoustic 12-string, coupled with vintagey drum machine parts, layers of keyboards and what sounds like backup singer Tamara Lindeman's flute, lend the songs a nostalgic, dreamy, summery gleam.
It's a toss-up which song's best: hooky Constant Love is clearly the single, yet country-tinged Flowers For Healing has the most clearly articulated, beautifully bittersweet melody and meaning.
Top track: Flowers For Healing. Check out the album here.
Marine Dreams play the Horseshoe Thursday (May 22). See story here.