8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 23 June 2011
Head of Programmes is the pseudonym of James MacGregor, a singer/songwriter based down south somewhere. Macgregor's music is both accomplished and heartfelt in the vein of classic mid-nineties underground Americana a la Smog, Lambchop, Bonnie P.B., Sun Kil Moon and, most prominently, The Mountain Goats. The EP begins with one of those top down, hair in the wind, road movie-esque jams that oozes American cool, driven by solid beats and strong lyrical imagery. The remaining two tracks on side A are rather more relaxed affairs that drive home Macgregor's highly emotive songwriting style which is characterised by light brushes and soaring instrumentation. Flip it and things get increasingly delicate with odes to love and loss becoming more apparent. The instrumentation is sparse and folksy and there's some lovely slide guitar touches, especially on 'Three Times A Day'. Definitely one of the most talented UK singer/songwriters I've heard touting alt. country style tunes. A must for Mountain Goats fans that's for sure.
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