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- Music for Neighbours by The Trypes
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Dear God, from which deep dark recess did this spring from? I had this on a scratty tape someone kindly did for me right in the midst of my Feelies obsession back in '80-something-or-other. More truthfully, I had 4 of these tracks plus the unbelievable 'A Plan, Revised' on some comp or other (Luxury Condo's 'Coming to Your Neighbourhood Soon'!).
First, a bit of history, after the first Feelies album they kind of disbanded for a good 10 years or so and splintered off into various entities including Yung Wu, The Willies but most impressive of all were The Trypes. The distinctive Feelies jangle can be heard but it's a much more sombre affair with woodwind, whispered female vocals and a languid, hazy shifting almost psychedelic sound. Tracks like 'Love You To' quite obviously take influence from George Harrison's eastern experiments and there's a baroque influence at play with their multi-instrument approach - pianos, flutes, carefully strummed and picked guitars and Moe Tucker-like drums fight to see who can play the quietest.
Hearing the gorgeously lolloping late summer evening bliss 'A Plan, Revised' after all these years has sent me spiralling back to my late teens, a time when my main worry every morning was whether the postman would bring me a vinyl or tape treat. Listening to this as an older, maybe wiser person I'm trying to pick out the influences - I'm thinking Velvet Underground (obviously), John Cale's 'Paris 1919', Talking Heads, Philip Glass and later The Beatles. Obvious maybe but its an intoxicating brew.
They only released one EP in their lifetime which fills up the A side here. On the flip we get various demos which are much more raw and very incomplete at times sounding often like a nascent Movietone. You also get a lovely booklet with writings and photos plus a download code all within a lovely silk screened sleeve. The Trypes later changed their name and became Speed the Plough whose various records although more straight down the line than these drifting gems are well worth seeking out.
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