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- High Time/ Trees by Pete Swanson
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Emerald Cocoon's excellent Alone/Together 7” series continues with this surprisingly coherent offering from psych/improv titan Pete “Yellow” Swanson, who this time round gives us a couple of covers of some of his favourite obscure New Zealand weirdness - 'High Time' by Dadamah, and then 'Trees' by Gate on the flip. Not being familiar with the originals, though, all I can tell you is that it's got shimmering, twinkling guitars and mumbly vocals and whenever he plays above a certain volume it peaks and distortion craps out all over the place, which actually creates a surprisingly effective variation in texture, volume and dynamics over the course of these two rambling songs, which both clock in at exactly five minutes. You didn't think it was just gonna be a straight pop record, did you? Not from our Pete. The back cover photo on here is superb, too, with our Swanson gurning in front of a cut-out of a buff, topless Einstein with an E=MC2 tattoo on its arm. Japes!
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