How yacht rock went from punchline to cultural touchstone.
‘Ever Since New York’ also echoes the acoustic-driven epics favored by U.K. bands such as Oasis and Travis.
However Badfinger wasn’t the only classic group Styles has been linked to in recent weeks.
‘Sign of the Times’— the majestic first single from his self-titled debut solo album – due out May 12 — has been favorably compared to both Mott the Hoople and David Bowie while ‘Sweet Creature’ has been accused of resembling the Beatles’ 1968 song ‘Blackbird’.
Styles’ retro-rock looting isn’t an isolated incident however.
Father John Misty’s lyric-focused album ‘Pure Comedy’ has the sparse piano-heavy tilt of Elton John records such as 1975’s ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy’.
Indie rockers such as Foxygen – Mac DeMarco and the Lemon Twigs also are heavily indebted to the more kaleidoscopic end of ’70s rock.
The latter act has been drawing special attention for its nods to ELO – Big Star – Todd Rundgren and Harry Nilsson.
And then there are the dozens of artists ripping off ’70s looks — signifiers such as wild ‘n’ wooly facial hair – rakish suits and loud-patterned shirts.