8/10 Clinton Staff review, 31 October 2013
Christ what a back story. Val Denham was involved in doing artwork for the likes of Marc Almond, Throbbing Gristle back in the day and has been involved in Psychic TV and Genesis P Orridge projects, originally from Leeds, spent 20 years away from the north in that London and is now resident in the outer wilds of Bradford happily producing art and music.
This is certainly what we know as ‘outsider’ music, her voice is not particularly easy on the ear, being quite shrill in tone, the music is wandering experimental containing elements of electronica, soundtrack music and free-form jazz. Tracks like ‘Grey Rabbit’ aren’t too far away from Robert Wyatt territory, non linear synth and electric piano based, the album as a whole is wonderfully idiosyncratic as if the music has all just come gushing out one long winters afternoon.
The main artist who comes to mind as a comparison could possibly be Baby Dee especially on the haunting melancholy of ‘Shopping/Shoplifting’ which has a naggingly familiar piano refrain not unlike early Daniel Johnston. ‘You Only Hurt Yourself’ is also very in debt to Daniel Johnston and is strummingly tuneful in a kind of lop-sided way that would suggest the album was made in New York rather than York(shire). The very limited edition package contains a bonus album ‘Why Does The Bitch Drink So Much?’ and is resplendent in expertly silk- screened sleeve.
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