Illustration from Boys' Life magazine, March 1958
Dear Nora's second album must have confused fans - the indie-pop band that had written twee classics like "Rollercoaster" had somehow turned into the spare, acoustic solo project of band frontwoman Katy Davidson. Mountain Rock is a an odd album of lo-fi song sketches and aimless instrumental interludes, and the songs have names like "The Lonesome Border" and "Suicide Song". In the middle of the album, though, the clouds part for 59 seconds and you get "Give Me Some of Yr Love", a peppy number with a warm electric-guitar strum and sweet harmonies. In the context of the album, though, this song is like Davidson is faking a smile, and I get a little queasy when the "cheery" handclaps come in on the song's brief bridge. Unsurprisingly, she can't keep the act up for long, and the song abruptly cuts off one word short of the chorus's end. It's an effective use of handclaps, a way to say, "Remember when we were a bubblegum pop band?"
"Give Me Some of Yr Love" by Dear Nora