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- The Obscure Department by Robert Coyne with Jaki Liebezeit
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 05 September 2013
Robert Coyne (son of Kevin!) has a very special friend helping him out on this, his second album - none other than Can’s Jaki Liebezeit, whose genius understated grooves can be found spread all over this record. It’s Coyne who takes centre stage, though, with his calming voice and playful fingerpicked guitar providing the laid-back driving force.
That mixture of krauty repetition and pastoral English psychedelia, especially with the breathy understated delivery, keeps reminding me of Liverpool repeato-indie mainstays Clinic if they headed in a bit of a folk/country direction. It’s all about the gentle mercurial grooves and Matthew E White-esque mumble. Unlike the two artists I just mentioned, though, there’s a lot of space on this record. It’s predominantly just drums and guitar (sometimes even just guitar) accompanying Coyne’s defeated-sounding voice so the sound is really intimate with every fret squeak being conspicuous by the sonic vacuum in which it exists. Thoroughly lovely stuff.
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