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- In Rooms by The Pictish Trail
6/10 Mike Staff review, 01 August 2011
The Pictish Trail, aka Scotland's Johnny Lynch, has decided to do something a bit different with his new album. This one contains a mammoth 50 songs, each only 30 seconds long! To be honest, about 10 or 15 tracks in it got pretty annoying, but now I'm on about track 28 I think my brain has settled into the constant changing. Many of the "songs" are genuinely pretty catchy so sometimes it feels a bit like sitting through a succession of radio jingles, but to his credit there's a fair amount of variety among them, which comes to the project's rescue I think, since if they were all the same twee indie folk style this album would really bloody grate on you by the end. He's sailing close to the wind as it is, given that the defining concept of the album practically requires it to be fairly irritating. It does kind of work, though, and by the end you kind of relax into the almost sound collage/concréte pop style, but I do kind of hope that some of the better tunes here will be expanded into proper songs where they have room to breathe rather than limited to just this one novelty album. Remember Aidan Moffat's 'Ten Short Songs for Modern Lovers' 7"? That was brilliant. This isn't as good as that.
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