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One of the worst sounds in the world is the sound of Vini Reilly singing. The Durutti Column guitarist has a wonderful dexterity on his chosen instrument but over the years insists on ‘singing’ over certain tracks - all but ruining the effect. Robust Worlds (aka Chris Rose) has a similar way with the guitar. Using simple drum machine as backing, he spins magic with the six string. He has a really mellifluous style. However, there’s also something of Reilly in places with the voice. It sounds a bit like Richard Davies of Cardinal in that it sort of channels David Bowie, nasally.
The whole lo-fi production reminds me of Ducktails and the like. It’s all very pleasant and I’d probably pay money to see him play guitar as it’s a lovely sound he comes up with. On occasion, it’s not far away from King Krule, another who can’t “sing” in the traditional manner but gets away with it through character and distinction.It’s a nice album, at times I’m wondering where it’s going and what it’s for, but when a track like ‘Human Stomp’ comes along the twiddly, wandering guitar pricks my ear up; a gorgeous sound. A bit more of the instrumental stuff, fewer, or more worked on vocals and a bit of variation would aid its chances but it’s still an alarmingly pleasant ride.
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