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So, it turns out that my memory is not completely shot. About three minutes in, striking me like a pudding at a pantomime was the thought that I’d heard this lot before. They’ve gone through a slew of labels already including New York’s mega cool Captured Tracks and the west coast of America’s resurrected Slumberland. In my previous review of their work stated that the band must have a love of dark ‘80s indie such as that peddled by The Chameleons or Echo and The Bunnymen and I see no reason to change my tune. The record consists of two sides, the main one (let’s call it side ‘A’) is a taut yet drifty number with guitars that recall The Feelies in their jangly pomp but the vocals are something darker indeed, somewhere between the guy from The Farmers Boys and a restrained Morrissey.
The track veers into an elongated ending as the guitars get more manic and bits of discordance come into the mix. They make a very good sound which slowly unravels itself, imagine The Feelies jamming with Interpol and you are there. On the flip we get a remix which aims to take the raincoat rock of the A side to the dancefloor, by adding a fat bassline and some strangely out of time sounding beats. Not all that bad as remixes go, bringing a bit of New Order into the proceedings. So whether your favourite girls name is Joanne, Jemima or Jim, or if you fancy some spectral rain drenched ‘80s guitar melancholy slap this on your christmas list.
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