6/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 March 2014
This is a long running collaboration between Pete Astor (Weather Prophets) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms). The main track is very krauty with pulsing bass and Neu ish drums underpinning everything. On top there’s warm piano and increasingly visible guitars. The vocals which run right through the thing I just can’t make my mind up about. Certainly going for the Damo Suzuki repetitive thing they possible lack the character to pull that type of thing off. Still, the bass and drums are nice and propulsive.
We also get a remix by Fryars which is a slowed down trip hoppy take on the lead track with a clever use of bass to accentuate the vocals. I do wish remixers were more aware of creating space between vocals and not just repeating them ad nauseum. Just as I said that the track breaks off into a kind of squelshy Ulrich Shnauss/Plaid type direction which I’m liking much more. On the flip a housey Scott Fraser mix with Moroder style bass and distant vocals. It does though sound like its been knocked together pretty quickly and the room it takes up on a whole side of vinyl could have been much better utlised. I generally trust these lot to create music I’m interested in, the Snow Palms album for example is brilliant so I’m going to reserve judgement until I hear the upcoming album.
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