by Dave Segal
on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM
(Barboza) Dutch singer/songwriter Jacco Gardner sure has nailed that baroque psych-pop aura made obscurely famous by the likes of the Left Banke, Kaleidoscope (the UK one), the Millennium, and Billy Nicholls. Using flute, strings, harpsichord, and other traditionally non-rock instruments to augment his delicate, attractively morose compositions, Gardner erects a glittering simulacrum of a rarely glimpsed corner of the pop-rock spectrum. It really is pitch-perfect. This year's Cabinet of Curiosities will trigger paisley-shaped tears of joy among those partial to this sort of authentic replication. Seattle quartet Ephrata—featuring the up-and-coming filmmaker Brady Hall of Scrapper fame—create magisterial, heart-fluttering dream pop that'll shiver the neck hairs of Lush and Slowdive fans. With Parson Red Heads.