9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 11 December 2012
I’ve just had the misfortune of reviewing a series of moderately disheartening records culminating in the abomination of a Christmas novelty single from ‘90s lo-fi survivors Helen Love so it’s about time something decent hit my review pile, and thankfully it has courtesy of this reissue from ‘80s Californian post-punkers Blissed Out Fatalists, the inaugural release on Captured Tracks offshoot Body Double Records.
It’s a louche, clanky, repetitive aesthetic that they’re peddling, immediately bringing to mind Suicide and The Fall, and when they get a bit fuzzier the Jesus and Mary Chain. There’s a mixture of live and electronic drums, always sounding a bit muffled, casual, repetitive guitar and bass, and nonchalant exclamatory vocals. There’s also a few bits with weird samples and tape loops and overall it is quite adventurous considering it came out of the mid-’80s.
Honestly, this is the best thing I’ve heard all day. Shouty and repetitive but also strangely soothing, groovy and even psychedelic at times. Even the piano ballad is brilliant. I think I’m going to have to buy one for myself in fact.
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