9/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 May 2012
After a few so-so releases today, it's nice that something finally jumps out of the vinyl and makes me sit up and take notice. I'm so very tired you know. I've been tired and jaded since I took a gulp from a rogue glass of beer at the pub last week and I'm sure the two events are connected. Someone could have spat in it!
Anyway, back on topic, the Big Blood side opens with a fine slice of Americana with a bleary, drifty slo-mo melody married to a female vocal of some quality. I'm thinking a dusty, yearning take on Neko Case or Mazzy Star. Track 2 is equally impressive, a similarly churning melody but this time with high pitched male vocals that sit somewhere in between Neil Young and the Flaming Lips. The melody once again is extremely effective. I'm reminded of an excellent 12” we had ages ago by By The Fireside that no-one bought. Their final track is an odd lo-fi Edith Piaf goes country oddity. On the flip we have the oft-lauded Micah Smaldone. The first track sounds remarkably like Low gone dub-reggae and is a lot better than that sounds! The final tune is more straightforward coming on like Gene Clark or Gram Parsons. Sometimes when there are records this good we wonder why we bother with the rest. Highly recommended and top marks!!
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