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- Pure by Peter Gutteridge
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Gutteridge is best known (to me anyway) for fronting the short lived but brilliant New Zealand outfit Snapper whose first album ‘Shotgun Blossom’ is one of the finest examples of droney Neu and Suicide influenced noise-rock you are ever likely to hear.
This is a timely re-issue of his only solo album, originally released in 1989 and from the get go it mines a similar territory of gloopy organs and harsh distorted guitar tones. Drum machines replace the pulsating drums and there is a much more freeform feel to the tracks. Gutteridge is probably the most obviously Velvet Underground influenced of the Flying Nun era collectives and ‘Hang On’ sounds like it could have emerged untouched of ‘White Light/White Heat’ . The album is littered with pulsy instrumental tracks built around shards of noise and burbling electronics, they are resolutely dark and introspective, isolationist pieces.
Despite all the darkwave experimentation, Gutteridge is never afraid of throwing something completely melodious into the equation. ‘ShotGun Blossom’ had ‘Dead Pictures’ , probably one of the most tuneful pieces you are ever likely to hear. Here ‘Thumbalina’ ‘Chinese Garden’ and ‘Dead Pony’ are bright, vibrant and full of that New Zealand charm.
A primitive and raw album and a vital document of a wildly experimental musician whose output is frustratingly minimal.
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