|Review by Jon Dale of The Only Stars 7" in The Wire magazine.|
There are not many people on this planet fully cognisant of the occult power of Kendra Smith's sole released recording with The Guild Of Temporal Adventurers. Glasgow trio National Park are among the enlightened few, however, and their "The Only Stars" is a lamp-lit abstraction of the Temporal Adventurers' "Stars Are In Your Eyes".
John Hogarty's guitar works in circular cogs and cartwheels around the melody, while guest pianist Bill Wells slips all kinds of gorgeous counterpoint into the performance. B side "La Solara" is a dossier of everything you wished guitar groups had learnt from the drowsy fade-outs on Galaxie 500's This Is Our Music, which can only be a good thing.