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- Time by Alex Calder
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Choosing an album of the week this week has been a bit of a nightmare, the one everyone liked was about to sell out, Low was a contender but I wasn’t totally convinced and we shouldn’t really give an album our coveted album of the week status just by default (though it has been known). Therefore I’m throwing this into the ring as my ‘album of the week’ choice. Captured Tracks really do release some good records and long may it continue.
I know nothing about Alex Calder but what I do know is that he knows his way around a skewed pop tune. Now who does this sound like? The first name I’m going to come up with is The Chills. It has that dark eerie New Zealand new wave thing going on. I’m also reminded very much of Mac DeMarco, in that it’s guitar pop music that’s just slightly warped like the record is not quite centred properly. The guitars strum and jangle like some lost mysterious early ‘80s guitar slingers, a bit of XTC here, a smidge of Siouxsie & The Banshees guitar stylings there.
I’m reminded very much of a New Zealand band of whose name I just can’t recall. This sounds so much like them, it’s driving me crackers. Also think Nick Nicely and a tiny bit of Ariel Pink. The record is strong throughout with lots of lopsided pop melodies, I’ve just read somewhere that Calder was Mac DeMarco’s drummer for a time, that figures. If you want a Mac DeMarco who is slightly less goofy and more enamoured with lost late ‘70s early ‘80s broken cassette pop, here he is.
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