Soul In Motion / Screaming Eye by Mikal Cronin / WAND

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Vinyl 7" £7.99 LAMC No. 11

Ltd split 7" on Famous Class.

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Soul In Motion / Screaming Eye by Mikal Cronin / WAND
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9/10 Mike 09 April 2014

These Famous Class splits seem to attract some reliably high-calibre artists and this week's contributions are no exception, with Mikal Cronin and Wand sharing this disc and Fuzz and CCR Headcleaner taking the other. Cronin kicks things off then, with 'Soul In Motion' a perfect example of his seemingly effortless slacker pop. There's buzzy guitar fuzz and tastefully under-used sax, there's an instrumental breakdown where the organ cheekily riffs on the melody from the Shadows' 'Apache'.

Cronin's songs feel like faded, sun-saturated and forgotten photographs that you've dug up from the back of a drawer, inviting you to create memories around experiences long since relegated to the back of your mind. Somewhere under their '60s pop warmth is a painfully sad nostalgia that's underpinned by his subtly descending melodies and minor vocal harmonies. Both his solo albums to date have been sublime and this number is similarly close to perfect, I'm still waiting for him to put a foot wrong and ruin the illusion but at present everything this man does is bang on the money. He's not a bad looking lad either, how come he's not more famous yet?

Over on the other side are Wand. Who are Wand? It was recorded by Ty Segall apparently, and by the sounds of it he's singing for them too. This is T-Rex inspired fuzz rock not unlike his band Fuzz. Very stompy and loud, the first half of the song has a horrible buzzy electronic sound like a broken stylophone over the top, but then it kicks into big Uncle Acid style riff rock with big vocal harmonies and chunky phased guitar distortion. Dirty. Both these songs are top notch. If I was feeling slightly more generous this may even have edged into 10/10 territory.


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