Kristi Callan with the Jigsaw Seen:    Sleep/Morning Glory
- Reviewed by Jack Rabid in The Big Takeover

Ah, an inspired L.A. veteran team-up! Callan goes back 30 years, leading winsome Warfrat Tales-era garage-popsters Wednesday Week and fronting two more recent female bands, the alt. country Dime Box, and Cheap Trick tribute act, Cheap Chick. Having released a 2004 solo EP on Vibro-phonic, she returns backed by the label’s 22-year-old flagship: power-pop stalwarts Jigsaw Seen—who, in addition to their own valuable discography, compiled terrific early Bee Gees and Hollies tributes. Interestingly, both camps step out of character on these two gorgeous, hushed baroque-pop tracks. The Callan-penned “Sleep” radiates slow, ringing picked guitar kindness with singing violins’ warmth, as does the b-side cover of the (early, great) Oasis sophomore title track “Morning Glory,” with what sounds like a melotron, and Liam Gallagher’s bluster excised for cooing. Luscious lullaby loveliness!

Posted by Beverly Paterson in Song Reviews   
Kristi Callan with The Jigsaw Seen “Sleep”/”Morning Glory” (Vibro-phonic Recordings)
Now here’s a great collaboration! Having initially achieved recognition in the eighties as the lead singer of  Wednesday Week, Kristi Callan has continued to pad her resume with a string of shining moments. Aside from carving out a nice solo career for herself, Kristi has also performed and recorded with famed figures such as Dave Davies and The Ventures, and currently fronts Dime Box Band. Active since the late eighties, The Jigsaw Seen is renowned for their bewitching brew of psychedelic pop rock. Discs like “Shortcut Through Clown Alley,” “My Name Is Tom” and “Zenith” are classics of their ilk, and have dutifully awarded the Los Angeles band flocks of fans. Administered by Kristi’s haunting vocals, “Sleep” stands as an electrifying slice of orchestrated pop splendor. Built upon a solid foundation of classy string arrangements and trebly guitar work, the quirky atmospheric tune, which was composed by Kristi, sparkles with melodic radiance. Dipping their toes into the Oasis songbook, Kristi and The Jigsaw Seen deliver a drifting, dreamy cover of “Morning Glory,” set in an acoustic format. As evidenced by this musically literate single, Kristi Callan and The Jigsaw Seen make an artistically compatible team.

Kristi Callan with The Jigsaw Seen - Sleep (CD-R single, Vibro-phonic, Pop)
We rarely even spin singles...but we've really enjoyed releases by The Jigsaw Seen in the past so we slammed this one in for a listen. This single features two nice smooth pop tracks. The first, written by Kristi Callan, is a cool modern lullaby with strings in the background. The second track is a cover of the Oasis tune "Morning Glory." A nice smooth spin...and this one sure whets the appetite for the upcoming Jigsaw Seen full-length Bananas Foster.     -
Former Wednesday Week vocalist Kristi Callan has teamed up with our favorite modern-day psych garage band The Jigsaw Seen for a double-edged single release called Sleep. Side one (as it were) is the title track, a self-described "edgy lullaby" that has wall-of-sound guitar lines set against a string section, creating a dreamy atmosphere for Callan's soothing vocal lines. The perfect little indie rock lullaby.

And to help with waking up again, the group does a kinder, gentler version of Oasis' Morning Glory, which turns the big guitar powerhouse original into a purring kitten, complete with a hurdy gurdy droning in the background. Just in case you need a little time to wake up. -  MISH MASH Mandate: Sleep Perchance To Dronehttp://www.thebigtakeover.com