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I keep getting asked to go on holiday in Wales but I have so far refused, my reluctance based upon two childhood incidents - once because when I went on holiday there when I was 10, it rained solidly for two weeks. The second that Malcolm Pugh my Welsh near-neighbour and owner of a white poodle continuously stopped me from playing football in the street even when I replaced the leather ball that was annoying him so much with a sponge one. I'm not one to harbour a grudge but the Welsh economy will just have to suffer accordingly. I will though offer an olive branch to the nation by reviewing this very decent record by Land of Bingo based on the fact that I share something in common with two of the band in that I too suffer from a heart murmur. If I've read the press release correctly it likens their music to "as if Brian Eno had scored Marco Van Bastens goal versus East Germany in the '88 Euro Championships". I see what they are getting at. The music is Super Furries-influenced kaleidoscopic pop shot through with an interest in electronics that leads some tracks to become trance-like minor electronic masterpieces. I'm quite impressed with their songwriting too, they remind me of the type of Euro-influenced soft pop peddled by the likes of Junior Boys or Grand National, but with far more luscious harmonies as you'd expect from the tuneful Welsh. Songs like 'Lufthansa' have a lovely drifting charm that more than makes up for the Welsh team's nightmare capitulation at home to England's evergreen underachievers.
8/10 Micky Most Customer review, 21st January 2015
I spent 3 years at Uni in Aberytswyth 20 years ago and can vouch for the astounding scenery and quality of the local mushrooms. I still graduated mind but doubt I would have done if there had been as much quality psychedelic electronica around then as there seems to be coming out of there these days. This EP balances the soft indie electro pop referenced in the review above with a slightly more twisted techno angle and it's the latter that tweaks my nipples and sits very nicely alongside some of the other Kosmische sounds coming out of Peski label mates like R. Seiliog. Recommended for both sober home listening and messy nights with a head full of psilocybin.
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