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- Hearts Of Gold by The Pheromoans
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Not many people know this but The Pheromoans are my favourite band in the UK right now. I do not quite understand why they mean so much to me. Apart from sporting a completely idiosyncratic sound that is all these things - eerie, listless, ramshackle, pastoral, kraut-flecked GENIUS! A slightly scruffy, hypnotic, adorable holey-jumper sound that belies the fact they hail from Das Capitol. These guys are almost horizontal at times...off with the fairies.
Here they've made another fabulous album for Upset The Rhythm that continues the themes set in wax by 'Does This Guy Stack Up?' A quintessentially English concern, the singer is a magnetic presence live merely by virtue of him being an anti-performer. Seemingly anxious and slightly troubled, he hunches tentatively over his microphone in a fit of confused edginess and distractedly mumbles his unusual, abstract, wandering lyrics in a rather wonky and endearing Ian Crause/Chris Adams-esque manner.
To add to their jerky, shambling melodic post-punk brew is an increasingly liberal sprinkling of subtle electronic embellishment that is so sympathetically rendered it can't fail to make you smile with affection. Both organic and toasty warm, In recent years they've honed their wistful, surrealistic DIY rock into something less scrappy and connectionless (as entertaining as that was) A brittle, occasionally funky and almost tangible vision that will ensure them a small cult following for decades to come (I hope).
I would like to witter on at length about The Pheromoans and their cherishable, woozy racket but I'll just say their last big record was in my end of the line top ten of that year and 'Hearts of Gold' is just as good, like a sister album maybe, full of off-kilter gems and heavily infused with their particularly unique blend of sparkling magic. Invest in your future now.
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