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Well, I thought this sounded really nice when I heard it flowing hazily out of our battered Mission speakers last week. I asked who it was and got told "your mate who lives in a cabin" The "mate" in question is, in fact, the guitarist (and Hit Parade series graphic artist) from The Wedding Present's mid-period noisy glory years, Paul Dorrington! This poor chap who I used to pester and yabber at ba ...

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Endless Night by Rose Leaf Miner
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 28 October 2010

Well, I thought this sounded really nice when I heard it flowing hazily out of our battered Mission speakers last week. I asked who it was and got told "your mate who lives in a cabin" The "mate" in question is, in fact, the guitarist (and Hit Parade series graphic artist) from The Wedding Present's mid-period noisy glory years, Paul Dorrington! This poor chap who I used to pester and yabber at back in the days when I still had a scraping of hair left on my bonce and an infinite enthusiasm for gruff, sturdy Yorkshire indie rock bands. This ain't really indie rock though. 'Endless Night' is more in the vein of slow, fuzzy, sad-eyed, semi-acoustic singer-songwriter stuff with a large dose of post-rock experimentation & it rules. You can hear a discreet early/mid 90s yankrock/slowcore influence in there somewhere - emotive minor chord changes, a combination of acoustic & electric guitars ricocheting off each other, a wistful & slightly tentative vocal style and occasional lush twinkly bits. There's plenty of atmosphere, tenderness & diversity to this recording I reckon - some truly sweet playing & occasional sympathetic electronic touches to boot. More importantly it sounds deliciously out-of-time yet satisfyingly fresh. Nice one Mr Dorrington! I wish I lived in a log cabin....Check him out, hiding behind his moth-themed moniker - http://www.myspace.com/roseleafminer


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