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- A Case For Vinyl by Tim Burgess
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 21 September 2012
Tim Burgess may have been on the scene for years and years singing in the Charlatans and running his diverse and consistent O Genesis label and generally seeming like a pretty stand-up fella, but I’ve still got no idea what to expect when I put the needle on the groove of this record, whose mysterious artwork is the handiwork of Factory Floor’s Nik Colk Void. I personally feel that that shelves are the best way to store vinyl, although a case can be handy if you’re transporting small quantities from place to place.
What happens here is a mournful psych-pop ballad with slightly Wayne Coyne-esque vocal delivery accompanied by organ, piano and guitar. It sounds like Sparklehorse playing a Pink Floyd ballad. It’s got this really warm kind of defeated nostalgia to it that’s very appealing, and I don’t think it’d have sounded out of place on that all-star Sparklehorse/Danger Mouse album. A little bit long maybe, but undeniably a very nice song.
On the other side there’s a Blue Amberol/Walls mix of the same tune which takes the original elements, throws in a bit of subtle crackle, and splices and loops what’s left into subtly throbbing loops of warm drone under which you can make out a repeated falsetto vocal refrain and later there’s some strummed acoustic guitar echoing through it. It’s pleasantly ethereal but fairly forgettable. Side A’s lovely though.
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