8/10 Mike Staff review, 26 June 2012
The latest outsider titans to contribute to Southern Records’ marvelous Latitudes series is Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan’s Grumbling Fur. I’m familiar with Tucker but I’ve not heard this combo before so I’m not totally sure what to expect from this one but I am warming to it quickly. Thinking about it, I’m not sure I’ve actually heard a Latitudes recording I didn’t like...
Anyway, what happens on this record is a warm, hypnotic soup of vocal-led repetitive and most probably marijuana-influenced dronepop with softly beaten drums and rich layers of synth texture. On the first track the instruments follow the vocal line, the second they accompany a texturally dense droney pedal note, both remind me of Alexander Tucker’s solo stuff with maybe a touch of Lungfish.
Then the third and final track has wibbly synth melodies over an uplifting soundtracky piano line. I think I hear a little bit of very tasteful breathy sax or clarinet or something. It’s very pretty indeed. It breaks down to just a throbbing bright analogue drone at the end which fades out wayyyy too fast. I could listen to that drone for at least another five minutes, but that’s a very minor quibble really. All three songs here are pretty different, all are very good.
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