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It’s a double-edged sword for us reviewers when finding a band who sound like no-one else. On one hand in this day and age of homogenised music (within all genres) it’s great to find something fresh and innovative. Conversely we can’t just throw out the same old cliches and retire to our comfy sofa. This is an intriguing record (their second apparently) which certainly has some of the Broadcast/Focus Group found sound experimental type stuff but marries it with melodies which wouldn’t sound out of place on the last Bibio album.
The first really impressive track is ‘I Defy You’ which puts droney organ, a squeaky sound and kraut-like rhythms together and just when you thought it has reached its peak some high-pitched vocals come in to send it spluttering over into magical status. The title track is a stomping acoustic strum-a-long with lo-fi beat box drums, carefully picked acoustic guitars and a myriad of sampled noises. There are lots of field recordings, waves, birds, etc mixed into around the tracks. ‘Home of All The Ideas’ mixes such nature based recordings with a Tom Waits-like discordant jam.
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