For much of his music career, Sean Lennon was trying to escape from the shadow of his father. But no matter how hard he tried, the media kept steering the conversation back to the Beatles. It probably doesn't help that you can hear so much of his dad in just the tone of his voice. On Midnight Sun, however, Lennon and his collaborator/girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, have finally embraced the classic rock conventions he used to run from.
Lennon has said that part of what originally attracted him to Kemp Muhl was that she hadn't even heard Strawberry Fields Forever (presumably because she was only 17 when they met). They've been bingeing on 60s psychedelia in the years since, though, and Midnight Sun is a playful reflection of those sounds. The guitars are a bit heavier than most flower-power-era acts, and there's a sprinkling of contemporary indie rock references, but it's still basically a retro rock album. It's all quite nice, and definitely a fun album to chill out to while watching a lava lamp, but it also sounds a bit like every other band that ever obsessed about the Fab Four.
Top track: Poor Paul Getty
The GOASTT play the Hoxton Tuesday (June 3).