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- Remainderer by The Fall
9/10 Brian Staff review, 06 December 2013
What the fuck is he on about? When not doing his death rattle Merman gargle (which I think he personally finds endlessly amusing) MES's voice is on fine form here on their unofficial sequel to 1981's Slates. I say it's the new 'Slates' because it's a brand-new 6 track 10" and our beloved Mancunian outsiders don't usher one of those into the world too often.
It's a fine EP is 'The Remainderer'. Forged from their distinctive tough propulsive psychobilly-rock it recalls contemporaries The Nightingales on many an occasion but mainly just sounds like The Fall. Thankee God. After the scrappy metal-ish mentalism of their hilariously maligned 'Ersatz GB' the band were back on form with 'Re-Mit' for many a fan and this collection continues their thrilling return to glory.
Opening with the classic title track where we get sucked into a vortex of indecipherable lyrical blethering, sinewy bass groove, funky hard drums and broken electronic squelch 'n' fuzz from his wife, it's topped with a maliciously twangy guitar riff that will delight the faithful. Following on, 'Amorator!' has a strange booming sound throughout no doubt due to Smith's eccentric production techniques. It sounds like a black hole is attempting to suck the band out of the studio.
'Mister Rode' begins with some cool psychedelic guitar looping and feedback before lurching into this timeless minimalist Fall groove which seems to be shrouded in electrical interference and UFO-style ephemera. You really could not be listening to any other band. This is premium stuff even from them. I wish I could work out what he's actually intoning, as with most recent Fall records I'm left totally perplexed as to the message he's trying to convey.
Moving on a bit we get to 'Say Mama / Race With The Devil' which is a rough'n'ready Gene Vincent medley that sounds like it was recorded live years ago but I've no idea. It's definitely worth a listen!
Clinton's favourite is the excellent 'Touchy Pad', a wonderfully strange brooding track sporting flourishes of strummed acoustic guitar, dual vocal interplay between Mr. & Mrs. MES and some unusual time changes (for this legendary bunch anyway). It's one of those things you don't get very often these days - a new Fall sound - and is subsequently the most fascinating and arresting track on the EP in all its odd meandering dynamism.
A most worthy addition to the Fall canon...
8/10 Max Cole Customer review, 7th January 2014
Better than your favorite record. You don't deserve rock n' roll.
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