7/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 November 2013
If you haven’t had a laugh in a while look at twitter.com/boomtwat (although its sometimes a little too close to the truth for us to be fully confident doing a point and chuckle). The entry “Wire writers reveal how that one obscure & pretty mediocre LP by a recently deceased artist Wire has ignored for years is amazing, you idiot” makes me slightly sheepish about writing this next review.
Tom Diabo aka Thomas Eike recorded these lo-fi gems on two track in the ‘80’s before being tragically felled by a brain tumour. The music is the kind of glorious, slightly unhinged home recorded pop that seems to be everywhere these days despite it being recorded before a lot of us were born. At times it seems like Ariel Pink had somehow already heard all this stuff before he started on his journey towards pop (im)perfection. Its full of crappy drum machines, rubbish chunky power pop guitars, primitive electronics yet sometimes it all comes together in glorious pop perfection.
One part X Ray Pop, one part Mac De Marco, one part R Stevie Moore, its often unpalatable and kitch but tracks like ‘The End Of The Line’ are brilliant full of jangling guitars and heartfelt second language vocals. Kind of like Trio meets The Cleaners from Venus in a Bremen bedsit.
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