Ltd LP on Al-Rehab Records. Edition of 250 copies.
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It’s a good week for fans of outsider songwriters...yesterday I had to tackle one of Russell Hoke’s final two LPs (or so he claims - I’m hoping this isn't the last we hear from Hoke) and now I’ve got a new one from Scottish minstrel The Doozer on Al-Rehab. This particular Doozer has already got records out on Woodsist and Siltbreeze so it’s not my first encounter with his shambly songsmithery.
My first impression of this latest album is that it sees him heading in something of a Canterbury folk-ish direction, with a pastoral psychedelic feel which echoes Syd Barrett or maybe The Byrds, but without really heading out to the same trippy extremities as those bands. He often seems to be opting for a safe middle ground like Bonnie Prince Billy or Alasdair Roberts, not particularly adventurous but pleasant and worthy and confidently delivered, good even.
It’s a bit of a relief when you hit the penultimate track ‘The Spider’s House’ to be greeted by tinny drum machines and droney synths, a welcome variation in texture quite late in the day which really brings out the boominess of Mr Doozer’s baritone, offset by a female backing singer in a kind of Belle and Sebastian-esque way. Not a bad record but if you're new to The Doozer I'd recommend starting with his previous one 'Keep It Together'.
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