Lindon Puffin: Show Pony
By Tony Parker
Self described folk/punk entertainer Lindon Puffin offered up "the Smiths meet the Warratahs" as a reasonably apt summary of his sound and on new album 'Show Pony' that's indeed not far from the truth. There's a rootsy feel running throughout that is accentuated by the use of banjo, harmonica and lap steel while jangling guitars and delightful harmonies add that indie-pop edge. Think the Jayhawks with shades of Neil Finn on a set of songs that often feature water-related themes as a backdrop to the heartfelt intelligence and wry observations of his lyrics. It was self- recorded in a Lyttleton basement by a guy who loves talking to strangers and being on the road, by way of explanation. Add to that a collective of musicians dubbed the Wild Oats providing a sympathetic and entirely appropriate backing and you have an understated gem, Puffin's most consistently engaging yet, which warrants repeated listens.
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