Sometimes MP3s just aren’t enough. I met up with Jagged Rocks On The Perimeter several years ago via another music blog and was so impressed I sought out my own copy of their record, presented here today.
This might set a record for the briefest write up for one of our Chanukah posts, simply because these Arizona kids never garnered much of reputation, webwise anyway. Mid-paced jangle pop was their fixation, with a keen emphasis on the Anglophile genus. The Soldier And The Painter leans on the heft of more visible practitioners like the Smiths and Dream Academy, falling well short of any wholesale plagiarism. Jagged Rocks… tamp the pretension level to a hair north of non-existent, which is precisely where it should be. Selections like the crisp title track and the lilting “Sunday at Dusk” gently foreshadow the endeavors of near-future US colleagues the Ocean Blue and Springhouse. And I’d bet my bottom dollar this quartet was a shoo-in on collegiate AM/FM frequencies.
Even though I’ve harbored a personal copy of Soldier… for a good three or four years now, I’ve opted to forgo sharing a personal rip, as the pitch appears be acting up on my turntable. In short, a FLAC version may follow within the next month or so once I get my act together, but for now, here’s a pristine MP3 rip.
01. The Soldier And The Painter
04. untitled fragment
06. Sunday at Dusk
07. In a City South
08. Likes and Truth
09. New Country
10. Dream Station
Articles Origin: Jagged Rocks On The Perimeter – The Soldier And The Painter (1986)