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The consummate pop singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Long, whose CV includes four years with Adelaide’s Primitive Painters, nearly a decade with electro-pop experimenters Puppethead, the power pop Resounder and the avant-pop Bumbum (as you can see, pop has always been the connecting tissue] has an unerring sense of the perfect pop melody, and delivers them in spades on this debut solo album.

And that doesn’t means it’s all saccharine or more silly love songs, despite the obvious love of the McCartney side of The Beatles catalogue either. There’s plenty of edge, from the crunching guitars that take you out of Misdirected, to the hint of darkness underlying many of the lyrics. In that sense, Long has more in common with the likes of bands like Pugwash or singer/songwriters Jon Auer (The Posies) or Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), both of whom inevitably draw from the same wellspring of classic ‘60s British pop.

Midday Sun also displays the broad spectrum of whatever it is pop is, from the eerie atmosphere, complete with squalls of building guitars, of Melody’s Fate, through the multi-layered harmony splendour of Stay Until Sunday to the vaguely ominous soundscape that delivers Fall Away. Throughout, it’s obvious Long has a solid hold of his material and a focus to match, realising each song with such an eye for detail the whole thing just shimmers in your ears, the way it does in all the classic pop albums, from Revolver on. And to think Long has been hiding himself away in the Blue Mountains the past three years.

Michael Smith - The Drum Media


This is the first solo outing for Blue Mountains singer-songwriter Long, having been involved with several bands over the past 20 years. Playing a lot of the instruments himself, his arrangements have an almost transcendental aura about them. Breezy choruses, fuzzy guitars and reverb-assisted psychedelic swirls recall a '60's vibe while a touch of modern, edgy indie-ness is added, particularly in the bubbling highlight Melody's Fate

Paul Smith - Sydney Morning Herald


Don’t let the cover art turn you off, this is actually a really good album from Blue Mountains local artist, Peter Long. Midday Sun embraces pop ideology and twists it in its own delicate way. On the record you'll find catchy melodies, touches of rock, hints of psychedelia, and great arrangements. It starts with a McCartney-esque track, full of luscious harmonies and melodious contour. It gets kick started at track two with the foot tappin' Misdirected, then progresses through some rather spacious moments, with a potent builder found in Melodys Fate. It then cruises along with style until it closes with the track aptly titled, Gently – which, by the way, has an ironically abrupt finish. At least until the psychedelic reprise has its final say.

There's an obvious brit-pop influence on the record. This may seem a little strange, but imagine The Beatles, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Air having a jam, and you'll get some idea of what its like. However these references are fashioned more like a homage – definitely not a rip off. It is obvious Peter has his own sound. It's a kind of eerie spacious pop-rock with a lot of heart. His gentle voice sits well with the more mellow tracks, such as Sunrise and Sleep, and is juxtaposed well with more rocky moments, such as Misdirected. Occasionally the guitar tones seem a little cheesy but this is outweighed by the quality of the arrangements. Overall listening to this album is a very pleasant experience.

Daniel Holdsworth - Stix Magazine

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