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Nnnyurgh.. I went to see Melvins last night with Ant, I've got a fuzzy brain and swim vision now.. I think my head is full of cider-soaked cotton wool balls like the ones I fed to the ducks that time. Probably not the best conditions for reviewing this St. Just Vigilantes CD as much as I like it. Pastor of Oaks, Shepherd of Stones is quite a tough little monkey to get a grip on, throwing up all ...

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Pastor of Oaks, Shepherd of Stones by St. Just Vigilantes
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8/10 Brett Staff review, 08 October 2008
Nnnyurgh.. I went to see Melvins last night with Ant, I've got a fuzzy brain and swim vision now.. I think my head is full of cider-soaked cotton wool balls like the ones I fed to the ducks that time. Probably not the best conditions for reviewing this St. Just Vigilantes CD as much as I like it. Pastor of Oaks, Shepherd of Stones is quite a tough little monkey to get a grip on, throwing up all sorts of half-comparisons - such as forest folk, laptoppy ambience, music boxes and classic psychedelia - but somehow none of these seem quite right; I think they might've stumbled upon something fairly unique here in their combination of elements which is probably about all you can ask of a band in this age of ours, big bloody postmodern bastard that it is. As far as comparisons to other bands go, the more straightforward rocky tracks bring to mind Wooden Shjips while at various points on the album I'm reminded a little bit of an earthier Grails (ironic since Phil and I swapped review duties on this and the Grails album). If you're after something laid back, quietly experimental and highly atmospheric you could do a fair bit worse.. Packaged in a very nicely designed digipak on the ever-reliable Static Caravan.


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