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Yes please, one summer blonde for me thanks (a beer I mean), ah a summer blonde. Delicious. Avrocar have been going a while now and I think they come from the rich seam of West Midlands musical heritage that also spawned Epic45, Portal, July Skies, etc. In fact this lovely 10” is produced by Ben Holton and Rob Glover of Epic 45 so you’d think this would be a sign of quality...and it is.
The opener here is excellent featuring some Cocteau Twins type glacial guitars and whispered vocals, its beauty culminates in some distinctly Durutti Column style guitar phrasing. ‘Cinematography’ features skittery drums, synths and simple vocals, coming across like a Black Country Silver Apples. Those synths return on ‘Aethel’ along with late ‘70s drum machine it has simple but effective instrumentation, the ethereal elongated synth notes are what the phrase ‘synth-gaze’ was invented for (if I haven’t just invented it now).
‘Przewalski’s Horse’ has chopped up drums and Slowdive like atmospherics, the B side is mainly instrumental until ‘True North’ which has eerie synths and almost bluesy sounding vocals which recall some of Depeche Mode’s darker moments. The final track, is a short sweet thing with plucked acoustics recalling the English fug of Nick Drake or Songs of Green Pheasant. I’d like to hear more from this artist in this style as the guitar playing is beautiful. Not that I’m complaining; the mini-album is nicely impressive. A slowly unfurling beauty.
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