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8/10 Mike Staff review, 10 January 2013
Pheromoans really seem to have been upping their game lately, with their recent ‘Does This Guy Stack Up’ LP being their most rounded and enjoyable album yet, so I’m interested to hear this new 7” EP. The lead track is an ominous indie-garage plodder with a basic stomping beat and somewhat PiL-esque vocals and tongue-in-cheek lyrics about the UK art rock scene, before ‘Prince Anne’ takes things down to an even more spooky tone with barely present drums hushed vocals, a spooky cyclic bassline and, er, panpipes? Someone blowing into the top of a bottle? Some kind of breathy sound anyway. Really stripped back but effective.
Flip it and there’s ‘My Wild Irish Dream’, which heads into even weirder territory with a wonky sampledelic rhythm, synth drones and Sauna Youth-esque rambling. Proper darkside lo-fi weirdpop with a strangely abrupt fade at the end. Then the EP closes with ‘Beazer Homes Again’, another quite melodic bit of spooky minimal garage pop which gradually gets louder and faster with a repeated guitar and bass motif over scrapey string drones like a kitchen-sink Intelligence or something. I’m not sure it’s quite as strong as the album but these guys are without a doubt one of the most interesting and unpredictable garage troupes in the UK right now and once again they’ve dropped a classy platter of self-aware arty lo-fi weirdpop that’s totally worth a punt. Good band.
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