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- Carriage Return by Ailsa Craig
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Ailsa Craig is/was the latest chapter in the various musical meanderings of Matt Robson, the Peter Pan of the Leeds music scene with stints in the likes of Hood, Sierpinski, Coping Saw and his own electronic project Random Number.
Here, he is joined by vocalist Caroline McChrystal and bassist Lee Hooper on a series of understated laid back electronic pop songs that display a particularly lop-sided take on the kind of glacial electronica as popularised by the likes of Mice Parade and Mum. Its all staccato micro beats, well chosen samples and bass guitar runs that slouch in the general direction of New Order. The stand out track on first listen is ‘Sweet Tornado’ which uses a really nice dislocated string sample giving it a rustic, rusted feel. Its darker than some of the other tracks which veer more towards the kind of electronic micro pop of Postal Service.
‘Your Cast Iron Wins And Out Eternal Sadness’ is more realised with some beautiful cello playing and a fugue-like organ motif whilst closer ‘Stories I’m Hearing’ is a complete anomaly veering more towards the garage rock that McChrystal peddles in her other outfits The Manhattan Love Suicides and Blanche Hudson Weekend.
A word on the packaging which is utterly gorgeous, a hand silk screened fold out card with insert which completes a nice overall package. Very, very limited so be quick if you want one.
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