8/10 Mike Staff review, 16 May 2012
I've already reviewed the Ariel Pink/R Stevie Moore tape today so this is the second offering from “our Stevie” that I've had to tackle today. It's very far from being more of the same, however. On this 7” on the super reliable La Station Radar, Aaron Roche is in charge, with help from Moore on one side and Shahzad Ismaily on the other.
The first side's number sounds strangely familiar, a plodding, jangly bit of indie that's quite evocative and is reminding me of a cross between early '90s REM and that string-laden instrumental which opened the first Mansun album. Surprisingly enough, that's not such a bad combination, with sweeping strings and a reasonably catchy tune making it unremarkable but listenable. I feel pretty much the same way about the other side where Aaron and Shahzad make a hushed and pretty number with quiet vocals, fingerpicked guitars and general dusky vibes. After the madcap Ariel Pink/Moore collab I was expecting something more unhinged than this to be honest. It's firmly hinged, but for what it is, it's pretty enough.
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