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8/10 Mike 22 May 2014
Blackest Ever Black have this week unearthed this gem of oddball indie pop which has languished unreleased for a staggering 19 years, having been shelved at the time for reasons nobody can remember. It's truly unusual stuff, with even our hardened post-it genie conceding: "Can't get my head round it. Horns but nice ones." The horns being nice are far from the only weird thing happening here though, these songs are weird rickety constructions with very human-sounding and often mumbly boy-girl vocals.   The songs are often somewhat freeform in structure, with unconventional arrangements that include trumpet, sax, clarinet, piano and violins at various points but always maintain a crumbly, tumbledown wobbliness that places these instruments in a percussive, somewhat Beefheartian awkward-fusion context rather than something widescreen and slick. This apparent Van Vliet influence is steeped with a very English lo-fi indie eccentricity too. Truly the weirdest indie-pop record I've heard all day.   In all honesty I can't get my head round it's the kind of record that you'll keep coming back to just trying to figure out if you actually like it or not.    



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