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I don’t have much info on this puppy but I know it’s a project by Michael ‘Plinth’ Tanner who I’m a bit of a dirty fanboy of. The album also features a bunch of guest stars including the likes of Aaron Martin and Aine O’Dwyer (United Bible Studies) and his pet cat who has sadly passed away now. As ever it comes in great Second Language packaging in a nice fold ...

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9/10 Phil Staff review, 08 November 2012

I don’t have much info on this puppy but I know it’s a project by Michael ‘Plinth’ Tanner who I’m a bit of a dirty fanboy of. The album also features a bunch of guest stars including the likes of Aaron Martin and Aine O’Dwyer (United Bible Studies) and his pet cat who has sadly passed away now. As ever it comes in great Second Language packaging in a nice foldy colour paper sleeve thing. So it looks lovely.

And it sounds lovely too. It’s drone Jim but not as we know it. Instead of being composed on a laptop it’s all played with strings (harps, viola, cello) and keyboards. It ends up being a unique hybrid of ambient, drone/neoclassicism and minimalism which works rather well. It oozes class. Epic 17-minute opener ‘Riverchrist’ is a hefty blend of strings and harmonium wrapped up in a droney neoclassical snackwich.

It’s heartfelt stuff that falls into the late night listening bracket. It’s beautifully composed and not obvious in the slightest. Along with the ‘Witch Elder’ cassette I reviewed the other week it has a churchy godly vibe to it but being that elements of this were recorded in a church then that makes total sense! It’s great to see not one but two Second Language releases come out in the same week and them both being as ace sounding as they look. Nice work lads!


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