9/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 July 2011
I wasn't sure what to expect from this, having missed out on their previous long players, but was pleasantly surprised. It's supreme orchestral chamber pop throughout. Opener 'Morpheus Miracle Maker' sounds a little like the music Kate Bush should be making rather than the faffing about she's been doing over the last God-knows-how-many years. Beautiful strings married with a wandering gravity-defying melody although the title track sounds worryingly like 'Gaudette' by Steeleye Span, whether that's a good thing or not my progressive folk monitor is currently attempting to distinguish. There is some kind of link between this band and The Cardiacs (nothing obvious according to the sleeve notes save all the members of The Cardiacs being thanked) but it often comes across as a more pastoral orchestrated version of that supreme band. There are twisting, turning melodies galore which hit moments of pastoral bliss and elsewhere suddenly burst into melodic song. Comparisons could also be made to Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Sufjan Stevens's more orchestral moments. Business Lady has chipped in with a comparison to Mark Mothersbaugh's soundtrack work particularly on the track 'Berliner Luft' which sounds to me like Philip Glass playing the hits of The Cardiacs. The track builds beautifully with clarinets, oboes, strings intertwining and a strong rhythm section giving it a rock band dynamic. It's just one superb moment in an album littered with them. Well worth your attention.
8/10 Paul Customer review,
err, cat's bollocks. Wonderful stuff (from the sound of it).
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