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- Inside Many Summers by Stranger Son
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 September 2011
From Manchester and formerly known as Stranger Son of WB, this is a record that is lovingly in awe of the dark melancholy of the finest raincoat brigade of that fine city. The A Side 'Inside Many Summers' recalls 'Movement'-era New Order with a metronomic rhythm, excellent techno influenced keyboard bleeps and vocals that recall Sumner impersonating Curtis. The production is pure Martin Hannett with a fast strummed guitar going off on tangents. The track doesn't quite hold the attention over its eight minutes but it's a valiant effort. 'On Pterodactyl Sofa' changes tack completely and recalls A Certain Ratio's madcap attempts at samba and jazz fusion. It's a whole heap of fun though with a propulsive rhythm section and funky guitar. It sounds like Kid Creole and the Coconuts playing the Section 25 back catalogue (or the other way round). To finish we have a track that you'd swear was at the wrong speed, yet these turntables don't go up to 78rpm so it must be correct. It's an odd slo-mo movement that's like a Northern English Sunn O))) who were bred on pasties and Public Image Limited. It's odd. This is a brave, forward thinking release, flawed for sure, but it's good to see a band using the sounds of the past in order to create something new and innovative rather than simply aping what has gone before.
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