8/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 November 2012
R&J Foods, your flapjacks are bizarre. I’ve just bought one from the corner shop and I would dare to say it’s full of salt. I’ll probably enjoy it when I’m 80, I read the most depressing thing that as you get older you put more salt and sugar onto food as your taste buds start to go. I DON’T WANT MY TASTE BUDS TO GO!!! They are pretty much the only thing keeping me going. First impressions last, they say. When I first picked up this LP I tossed it aside thinking it would be very difficult music. It IS difficult but it’s also quite enjoyable. The opening tune sounds like Philip Glass...or one of Arthur Russell’s instrumental pieces, full of jittery glockenspiel sounds and droning sax.
Further on into the record there is another lovely instrumental piece which I was about to compare to Bill Nelson, until I saw his name on the press release and realised it would look like I was copying if I put that. A bigger surprise comes on the next track with the introduction of whispered vocals which sit neatly over the sparse instrumentation. The album seems to be a mixture between nice instrumental stuff and the more difficult end of sound sourcery. It seems to get decidedly more impossi-listen as it goes on but there are still slivers of light such as the oddball ‘Nightshade’ with its far east-sounding melodies and disembodied voice.
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