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- September by Mary Epworth
9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 03 October 2013
We’re rather fond of leftfield indie dreamboat Mary Epworth here at Norman Towers and felt kind of bad when release schedules conspired to not give us a chance to review her ‘Dream Life’ LP when it came out. She’s got a new stand-alone 7” single out this week though so we get to make amends to some extent.
‘September’ is a short but sweet paean to the start of the autumn and the return to organised education that it represents, a mini-anthem of schoolyard alienation with glam stomping drums over an ominous synth melody with grizzly unison guitar and slightly reverbed, full-voiced singing. It’s really just the one hook repeated, but it’s a really great hook. This single will get stuck in your head for days.
Over on the other side is a bit of wibbly lo-fi psych-pop, apparently a cover of a psych rarity which I've not heard before, with treated vocals and analogue synth drones and plinky-plonky harpsichord melodies. It’s a strangely unhinged but ambitious production which mixes Byrdsian airy psych whimsy with some unusual almost Syd Barrett-esque production touches which really bring out the oddball charm of its patchwork composition. Not the instant earworm of the A side but a very different and charming track in its own right.
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