Double LP £23.49 FNLP518
Amazing 2LP comp on Flying Nun & download, this is easily one of 2012's BEST compilations.
CD £12.49 FNCD518
CD comp on Flying Nun.
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Well if there's one record I decided I would absolutely kill someone to review this week then it's this beaut. Sod the rest of what's come in over the past few days, this twenty track odyssey contains some of the most important music in the world to me even though I must confess, due largely to the obscurity of the music (the New Zealand south island underground in the early- to mid-'80s) I've only really heard the more famous players here and of the lesser known acts I've only ever heard of a handful. Famous sons and daughters of the scene The Clean, The Chills, The Gordons, Look Blue Go Purple and Tall Dwarfs are all represented adequately here but the real joy for me comes in discovering some of the other spindly, fuzzy lo-fi and bent-outta-shape indie gems from the “lower-league players”. Playthings' abrasive but insanely catchy 'Sit Down' is a post-punk marvel with a wicked female vocal; 'Russian Rug' by The Builders reminds me of fellow countrymen and lo-fi sonic experimentalists Trash and is a possessed schizoid wonder; 25 Cents' 'Don't Deceive Me' I'm positive was on one of two unlabelled C90s I was given by The Wedding Present's then bass player Keith Gregory after their 1992 winter tour. They were stuffed with countless NZ classics, the identity of many I've managed to uncover over the past two decades. Now I'm overjoyed to finally find out who wrote this ace DIY chunk of muffled violin-led shamble-pop that blew my mind back in the day! Sneaky Feelings offer up a nice piece of chiming Paisley Underground style college rock and then we've Scorched Earth Policy who tread a similar manic, caustic ground, i.e. “post-punk with violins”, to 25 Cents - 'Since the Accident' is a wiry, unhinged onslaught of shredded guitars and tub-thumped drums and is simply excellent.
I could go on and on here but this gushing review is already far too long. I'm not writing for Pitchfork am I? Suffice to say this comp offers a perfectly succinct overview of an understandably cultish and obsessively cherished scene from that buzzing little country known as the world in miniature. Some of the most inspirational stuff here, quite a few tracks sound like they're recorded on cassettes which more than suits today's hunger for more esoteric fidelity-eschewing sounds so beware if you happen to be DJing that the sound quality levels do vary from track to track...
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