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Oh My God! This better be good. This guy has covered my all-time favourite Silver Jews song - "Trains Across the Sea"! If yer unfamiliar with Graham Clarke, he is an ex-member of 65daysofstatic who rejoices in making progressive bedroom beats & deliriously effervescent broken pop music. His last two albums have done really well for us so here we're proud to present his third. His artwork always catches the eye but leaves you unprepared for the eclectic sonic barrage within. His sporadic vocals work better on this set than the last, I'm thinking there's a bit more of an advanced professionalism apparent in the production of this latest one, but without any of the fun, quirky edges removed. In his more abstract toytown electronica guise, he inhabits similar territory to the likes of Capitol K, Ergo Phizmiz & Joseph Nothing - creating mangled drowsy DIY pop that teems with life & ideas. His lust for experimental, yet accessible sounds has led him to produce a varied album that cleverly harnesses all the potential electronic chaos and shapes it into a loveable aural junkshop of spangled balladry & seriously off-kilter future pop. There's moments of twinkly ambient beauty to be had amongst these highly individual & occasionally bizarre pop gems. And he doesn't ruin the SJ's classic. If you think what Schneider TM did to The Smiths "There is a Light...." then you're somewhere (kinda) close. Another charming UK weirdo to add to the increasingly volatile stable of British outsiders & eccentrics. ( but not as weird as The Rebel, that guy needs sectioning!!) Nice one Graham, no difficult third for you then!
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