Vinyl 12" £6.49 ATPRSP24
Ltd 12" EP on ATP Recordings.
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Here's a teaser 12" for Jim Jarmusch's new film 'Only Lovers Left Alive' - a "crypto-vampire love story" (quoth the press release). I see there's some kind of gig coming up in London where they're screening the film and then White Hills and Josef Van Wissem and SQURL are playing afterwards, it's one of those times I wish I lived in the big smoke.
The artwork to this record is pretty cryptic - it's a black label 12" with a sticker saying it features Josef Van Wissem, SQURL, Zola Jesus and Madeline Follin. Further investigation reveals that it's three collaborative tracks - on one side we've got JVW and SQURL teaming up for a mystical slow-burner with some determined mandolin twanging over a woozy Grails-ish groove with some nice bits of crackly distortion and squealing feedback.
Over on the other side are two vocal tracks. SQURL are joined by Madeline Follin on the first one, a sleazy grind with big drawn out Link Wray guitar chords and a slinky vocal delivery. Finally Van Wissem twangs plaintively over some Zola Jesus warblings to end proceedings in style. As you would expect, all three contributions are excellent.
9/10 sj 26th March 2014
Not only great music, but also a fantastic "triple black" vinyl release that makes your heart skip a beat!
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