"We tried to get that sort of chewy analog mid-fi feeling." To round out that sound, the Botticellis sought out Matt Cunitz of SF's Vintage Keyboard Repair for unusual instruments: Mellotron, folding pump organ, Minimoog, bassoon, and toy piano can all be heard at some point in the recording, beneath the fuzzy, light guitars. While Blythe Foster does not perform live with the band she usually puts her voice toward work as an actress in local theater the addition of her winsome vocals alongside the three male singers is nothing short of captivating.
The resulting Old Home Movies fully realizes the Botticellis attempts to bring wonder to the simplicity of California pop. And with summer coming, now is their chance to shine. One listen to Old Home Movies transports the listener back to a time when the state was known for cheerful sounds that matched clear skies. Still, the Botticellis aren't deluding themselves. San Franciscans know that California isn't all sun and fun, and the group's nostalgic, delicate numbers match the melancholy nature that a July day in the Bay often holds. *
With Papercuts and the Mantles
Fri/18, 9 p.m., $10
Cafe Du Nord
2170 Market, SF