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Welsh songsmith Euros Childs sure has been busy since the dissolution of his longtime psych-pop band, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, in 2006. He’s just released his third album in two years—the new The Miracle Inn—and has threatened to be back in the studio before Christmas putting a fourth to tape.
“I thought by now I’d have started running out of ideas,” the singer’s said, “but it’s the opposite.”
Childs has always been a fellow of many and varied ideas, and that much hasn’t changed as a solo artist—his debut, Chops, was a schizophrenic splash of Gorky’s fan-familiar ideas, while follow-up Bore Da was more well-received as a collection of highly approachable, sunny pop melodies delivered via the less universally approachable Welsh language.
This most recent Miracle Inn outing should most directly score with fans of Gorky’s 2001 release How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart. As he is on that album, Childs is relatively contained on Miracle Inn, the singer mixing charming power-pop and similarly charming pensive folk, simple (and, often enough, sad) melodies floating underneath the singer’s thin, delicate vocal.
Nine times out of 10 you’ll see Childs’ unique, acquired taste of a voice described as “guileless,” and that’s likely because it’d be hard to find a better word—his writing and voice give off a similar innocence, like a precocious child who you hope won’t get full sense of their talent enough to become self-conscious of it. And practiced as Childs is at this point, he’s yet to over-polish what he does. The core of most of Miracle Inn’s songs feel taut and expertly composed—with bursts of Beatles and even Electric Light Orchestra brightness—but they’re delivered honestly, sometimes scruffily, with a folkie’s earthiness.
Childs’ maturity hasn’t tempered his tendency to explore, either, even if Miracle Inn bears a healthy amount of focus—the title track, a 15-some-odd minute collection of classic-pop sounding melodies and prog-disjointed movements, makes that clear enough. And really, it’s a relief: “The Miracle Inn” may not be the disc’s most enjoyable track, but Childs’ playful creative impulses are exactly what made him interesting with Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, and keep him interesting on his own.