MP3 of the Week: Jeffrey Simmons's "Half Dollar"

Yes, he’s gazing out from a hot-air balloon basket on his most recent release, Farewell, My Sweet Alibi (Kool Kat Musik) — and yes, even his own mom thinks her son resembles Tiny Tim in that cover photo. But hot damn, there ain’t nothing of a tulip-tiptoeing novelty to the lead-off single from this Cambridge-based songwriter’s late-‘60s vintage-pop record, covered in the puppy trainer earlier this summer: buoyant strings, ivory-keyed soliloquies, get-happy handclaps, misty mellotron, Elvis Costello’s smartly wounded phrasing - all stitched together to make this song the best orchestral-pop tune you haven’t heard. Dude doesn’t even have downloadable tracks on his Web site! This Sunday, August 27, Simmons opens for nomadic folkie Tim Easton at TT the Bear’s.
-- Cami

DOWNLOAD: Jeffrey Simmons, "Half Dollar" (MP3)

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