Yesterday, out of the blue (more specifically, on WVUD), I heard a new(ish) song that instantly earned a spot on my mental list of lushly-arranged 70s-influenced pop-soul confections (previously listed here): "She Needs Me" by Fyfe Dangerfield. Hooky melodies, a beat reminiscent of Edison Lighthouse's "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes", peppy orchestral backup a la First Class' "Beach Baby", ELO-like chord changes: it's in there!
Unfortunately this song seems to be an anomaly on Dangerfield's debut solo album, the remainder being more sparsely-arranged, slower tracks that are probably meant to be "deep" but that I don't find very engaging. His current claim to fame is a cover of Billy Joel's "She's Always A Woman" which was used in a UK TV commercial for John Lewis department stores, so it looks like his path is set for Balladeer instead of Confectioneer. More's the pity.