LP £13.49 AE019
William Tyler!! LP of much lovelyness!!.
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Here’s an LP of ghostly lo-fi ambience originally released on CD in 2004 and considered good enough to get a vinyl pressing almost a decade on. The Paper Hats is in fact Lambchop guy William Tyler in a very unLambchoppy guise. When I picked this record up I thought from the artwork it was going to be some kind of man-with-guitar songwritery effort, the sleeve sort of reminds me of the Proper Ornaments, but I was quickly confounded as the first side took me through a procession of slowly oozing organic atmospheres.
There are a lot more man-with-guitar moments on the second side actually, where he treats us to some wistful fingerpicking, even accompanied by some breathy woodwind at the album’s most overtly musical point, but for the most part this is a record far more concerned with textures than melodies, grinding mechanical drones, dentist’s drill buzz and blurred ethereal shimmer and skipped-CD monotony all play their part in a slowly unfolding tone tapestry with a spooky narrative feel to it. Interesting stuff.
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