Album review: Cashier No 9

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Could this be the album of the summer? Belfast quartet Cashier No 9 are little rays of sunshine in what has been a drab overcast affair thus far, and these sparkling tunes with their honeyed harmonies are fully paid-up members of the super popoid groove.

The crashing drums and cascading vocals on A Promise Wearing Thin suggest a band in the thrall of 1960s psychedelia, the mystique of Barrett-era Floyd mixed with the acute pop sensibility of Hotlegs. For younger listeners, the essence of The Stone Roses' Fools Gold is captured by Flick Of The Wrist, or Light House, with its fluid counter-melodic bass and tight layered vocals.

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David Holmes produces, teasing out every nuance from the band's diverse influences to emerge with a contemporary pace-setting record. Closing tracks Goodbye Friend and %6 sit rather cross-legged in a shroud of exotic smoke, but succeed in being soothing and stimulating simultaneously. The musical cameos span the CD's influences, unearthing Tommy Morgan, whose harmonica graced the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations, and more recently Jason Faulkner, who with Jellyfish tapped into the same groovy musical vein.

To The Death Of Fun is a nugget of lusciousness in these austere musical times, the irresistible sound of a musical plan coming together.

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• This article was first published in the Scotland on Sunday on June 18, 2011

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