MARTIN & GARP – Sentimental Fools (2021)

MARTIN & GARP - Sentimental Fools (2021) full

Sentimental Fools” is the debut album from Dutch duo MARTIN & GARP, a delicious collection of sweet tunes inspired by the FM sound of the late Seventies / early Nineties. A trip back to the sunny California when these smooth, feel-good, radio friendly melodies ruled the airwaves.
With a pristine production and elegant performances, “Sentimental Fools” is the perfect album for every serious classic West Coast AOR aficionado.

Formed by experienced producer & songwriter Phil Martin and vocalist Lo ‘Garp’ Van Gorp, in amongst the catchy guitar and synth licks and luxurious harmonies, the music of MARTIN & GARP is like a breath of fresh air in 2021.
This album spills groovy rhythms like in opener “Making Up”, together with elaborated but easy listening harmonies and smooth vocals as on the tasteful “Told You Straight”.

Imagine that ‘feel-good record’ that has to be played loudly in your convertible, recorded by super-pro musicians on original analog equipment. Cruising down the coast with the wind in your hair, darting in and out of the shade created by beach-side palm trees: that’s “Sentimental Fools”.

After previously releasing 2 singles at the end of 2020, it’s now time for the full album released on Légère Recordings from Hamburg on January 15th, 2021, available on compact disc and of course, vinyl LP. This album indeed belongs to a turntable, alongside your LP’s of PLAYER, AMBROSIA, EAGLES, ROBBIE DUPREE, and more recent acts of this ilk like YOUNG GUN SILVERFOX or STATE COWS.
Highly Recommended


01 – Making Up
02 – Sleepless Night
03 – Pushin’ Away
04 – The Way
05 – Told You Straight
06 – Start All over Again
07 – Givin’ up on Love
08 – Love’s Luck Game
09 – Rosie
10 – Take a Minute

Lo ‘Garp’ Van Gorp : Vocals, Sax
Phil Martin : Drums, Percussion, Piano & Synthesizers
Edwin In’t Veld : Guitars
Ton Van der Kolk : Bass
Maarten Teekens : Backing vocals
Additional Musicians:
Joel Sarakula : Piano
Govert Van Der Kolm : Piano
Berthil Busstra : Piano



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