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8/10 Mike 01 August 2011

This is a lovely thing. It's the new CD from Greek post-rockers Masturbation Goes Cloud. The last song has got Jon "Yellow6" Attwood playing guitar on it too. These questionably-named Athenians specialise in a brand of post-rock which was at its most popular about a decade ago, and what do you know, they're bloody good at it. They've got a bit of a kraut edge to them too, and it's all very repetitive and focuses on sweet and subtle grooves a la Tortoise, Labradford et al rather than dynamic flexing a la Mogwai, Godspeed et al. Another thing it's kind of reminding me of is that band Physics who put a couple of albums out on Gravity years back. It has a similar patience and lightness of touch. As they operate as a two-piece there's plenty of space for things to breathe but the grooves are always sophisticated little head-nodders. There's a bit of synth and glockenspiel here and there but predominantly everything centres around the drums and an instrument listed in the liner notes as "bass VI", which is a hybrid six-string bass/baritone guitar. It makes some beautiful tones, too. There are a few places on here where if I didn't know better I'd think there was a bass and a guitar being played simultaneously. That closing track with Jon Attwood on is totally lovely, too. It reminds me of a band from a few years ago called Emery Reel. Remember them? Probably not, but if you do then I expect you'll like this! Gorgeous atmospheric post-rock that's just hypnotically pretty throughout and never abrasive. Pretty handmade covers an' all.


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