7" £6.99 HOG-45-09
Ltd 7" on Hand Of Glory. Edition of 300 copies.
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- September by Mary Epworth
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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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