THE PROPER ORNAMENTS
The Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames). Debut LP ‘Wooden Head’ (FortunaPop 2014) perfected the unique slant of their previous work, which was very much in the vein of melodic jangle rock. On new album ‘Foxhole’ (Tough Love) they’ve sliced away a whole stratum of their sound, removing some distortion and lowering the frequency of plectrum strokes to allow more nuanced, piano-led ideas to emerge.
The same dreamy, psych-tinged pop loveliness remains, however, floating on a West-coast-meets-the-Velvets vibe: but ‘Foxhole’ now contains a darker shade, that of a protective interior, a head space which is sketched out on ‘Jeremy’s Song’.