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- Wrottersley Road EP by Nick Nicely
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Nick, you’ll remember created some of the most dizzyingly impressive psychedelic music of the early 80’s. With one bona-fide classic under his belt in ‘Hilly Fields’ (1892), his recently issued ‘Elegant Daze’ collection showcases a style of eccentric home produced psych music that was somehow ahead of the curve yet retro-leaning at the same time.
He kind of updated the wibbly Syd Barrett druggy drone pop for the early 80’s with a string of impressive records before seeming to disappear off the face of the planet. As with many artists of his ilk he has re-appeared in recent years as labels such as Captured Tracks seek to bring the forgotten music of the past to a whole new and hip audience.
There have been flickers of new material here and there over recent years and ‘Wrottersley Road’ is nothing if not impressive. How many artists of Nicely’s vintage produce works as vital as this? Well, very few. Its a fantastic slab of shoegaze influenced fuzzed-to-the-max pop, vocals and other effects fly in and out of the mix and the whole thing has a churning, Eastern flavour. It is accompanied by two remixes; Invisible Hands pump out a bass-heavy dub re-work whilst The Oscillation do what their name might suggest with a flickering, pulsating, dancefloor friendly take. Worthy though they are, its a shame to get remixes rather than more new material though the quality of the original shows Nicely must have a few more tricks like this up his sleeve.
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