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- Drive Time by Philip Perkins
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 November 2013
Drive time. That hour in the morning and night where everyone gets in their car and heads to the place where they earn enough money to pay for the petrol. Or like me get on a train and wait to see if the incompetent, profiteering shitehawks can get the thing to run on time.
Philip Perkins made this record back in 1985 as an alternative to the nonsense AM radio forced into the ears of weary commuters. For us Brits at that time it would be Mike Read -the self proclaimed thinking mans Cliff Richard. Enough said. This album contains a random selection of musics, some field recordings, some quite pretty songwriting, some bursts of noise like some kind of proto collage-pop as later pursued by the likes of The Books and Matmos.
At its most tuneful as on ‘On the Park’ it reminds me of the recently rediscovered Woo, at other times it sounds like library music, heavy on sound effects and a wide variety of atmospheres and moods. Kim was delighted to see a Volvo on the cover so if you are a fan of the continually lighted Swedish sturdy vehicles then even better.
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