Richard X Heyman – Pop Circles
Although Richard X Heyman has been performing for a long time (His band The Doughboys have been around since the 60’s), he’s managed to fly under my radar. My loss. With Pop Circles (a play on crop circles), Heyman gives us 18 – yes, that’s 18 – tracks of guitar jangle and catchy choruses.
“If You’re So Inclined” is an instant winner with it’s Byrds-like guitar jangle and wonderful harmonies. “Upside Down” employs hand claps and whopping hooks while “Everything Must Go” is a more somber piece with a melody that will stick with you long after the initial listen.
The harmonies in “About Time” are another highlights as well as “Route 22”, the title taken from the main highway that passes right through Plainfield and takes you anywhere you wanna go – or don’t – from there.
Richard X Heyman’s Pop Circles is a don’t miss for any self respecting power pop fan. Get your copy at CD Baby. In the meantime, check out the video for the album’s first single, “Guess You Had To Be There”.