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This awkward lad is a solo outing from Wolf Eye/Hair Policeman Mike Connelly. According to the press release it’s cut at 45rpm but is supposed to be playable at any speed, which is a good thing because I listened to the first couple of tracks at 33 before I realised I was doing it wrong(ish). This probably isn’t the sort of record you would expect from such a noise terrorist, as ...

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8/10 Mike Staff review, 18 July 2012

This awkward lad is a solo outing from Wolf Eye/Hair Policeman Mike Connelly. According to the press release it’s cut at 45rpm but is supposed to be playable at any speed, which is a good thing because I listened to the first couple of tracks at 33 before I realised I was doing it wrong(ish).

This probably isn’t the sort of record you would expect from such a noise terrorist, as on these inches here Connelly carves out some minimal synth drone-and-pulse awkwardness with the odd bit of tinkly ambient weirdness thrown in for good measure, so while it’s not exactly a comfortable listen, compared to the ‘Eyes it’s positively therapeutic, even when it rattles and clicks like a time-stretched cricket. There’s a fair amount of space and silence involved and the sounds are rarely layered beyond a couple at any one time.

There’s some whooshing static scree at the end of the first side that sounds like whirling solar winds, but the second just opens with insistent, echoed, filtered electro-drips for a weird passage of dub-minimal/dark ambient. Overall he seems to alternate between these sparse, semi-percussive passages and more droney ones but it’s all minimal, ominous synthscapes easing out a slow-paced, churning, awkward listen.


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