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So you're the former singer of a legendary indie rock band and you're collaborating with one of your home country's coolest and most acclaimed composers. The obvious next step is to bring out a CD-only EP where the lead track is a subdued Bananarama cover, right? How about you inexplicably label the fourth song as a “bonus track” and put a few seconds' gap at the end of the third to make people feel like they're getting something extra instead of just a regular four-track EP? Not that this isn't good of course. Business Lady says the Bananarama cover is one of the best things he's ever heard from Moffat. 'Box It Up' is a paean to the end of a relationship which, while lyrically completely distinct, musically seems kind of like a sequel to their album's 'The Greatest Story Ever Told'. Third track 'Man of the Cloth' has Moffat telling a story about dressing up as a priest for a fancy dress party over some mournful piano, double bass and cello (this seems to account for the bulk of the instrumentation throughout the record), with a trumpet coming in towards the end that reminds me of 'Goodbye To You' from the expanded vinyl version of the album. Actually this song is pretty long and contains all the Moffat trademarks, so if you're into any of his previous releases then you can be confident you're in safe hands here. The “bonus” track is a bit more noisy and experimental, with Moffat opining that he's “so lonely” whilst reading out some kind of loneliness list over the top, with lots of hiss and distortion and decay being the only accompaniment bar a tuba and cello (or something...a low-pitched instrument and a slightly less low-pitched instrument anyway). To be frank, nothing on this EP is as good as their album's finer moments, but if you've got the 3LP version and you're still thirsty for more, well, this is definitely more.
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