David Kilgour’s second solo album, Sugar Mouth, is one of the sweetest slices of timeless guitar pop you can taste. Brooklyn Vegan calls the album as a "terrific...bright jangly guitar pop at its best."
Released on Flying Nun in 1994, the album will be re-issued again on gatefold 12” LP and CD on March 18, 2016. The CD and digital are a special-edition expanded version, featuring 10 bonus tracks and demos from the original recording.
As far as back story goes, David Kilgour is something of a cult figure. As the guitar and voice of left-field trio The Clean and with a slew of nine fantastic solo albums under his belt, he has written the blueprint for much New Zealand indie music.
Indeed, Kilgour’s talent for writing furiously catchy pop music with an understated Kiwi-style aura of ‘60s psychedlia is well-documented. A musician with a timeless way with guitar and song, just like his terrific debut, Here Come The Cars (1992), Sugar Mouth is also laden with mesmerizing melodies and shimmering pop brilliance.
However, like all his work there is the dash of sunny melancholy, at times swapping out the guitar fuzz for a touch of acoustic strong’s and piano. And, like all his work, it’s ear-catching from the start with No No No, Fallaway and Filter perfect examples of Kilgour’s knack for well-crafted but deceptively simple songs. Before the album rollicks on through to the quietly graceful closer - Never End.
David Kilgour’s Sugar Mouth is a stunning record, both glistening and honest, and is yet another reason he can make claim to being one of New Zealand’s best musical treasures.
“Kilgour never really spreads his enigmatic self too thin, creating by far his most (relatively) sophisticated work anywhere so far.” – NME
“…blissful pop…marked by simple evocative lyrics as well as Kilgour’s laidback approach to recording” - Billboard
David Kilgour - Sugar Mouth tracklist:
No No No
Nail In My Foot
Waiting Round On You
Listen To The Rain
Look At It
Winter (outtake) *
Look At It (El Speedo) (outtake) *
Filter (Demo) *
Nail In My Foot (Demo) *
Fallaway (demo) *
Beached (demo) *
Listen To The Rain (demo) *
Look At It (demo) *
Middle Of Nowhere (demo)*
Winter (demo) *
Photo by Colin Facer