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Have you discovered Cleaners From Venus yet? If not then you might want to start thinking about doing so. The massive re-issue campaign by Captured Tracks has yielded three CD box sets and countless vinyl re-issues. The latest of which is a vinyl edition of an unreleased LP of material which also makes up CD4 of the latest box set also out this week. For a catch all comparison think of them as an ...

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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 June 2014

Have you discovered Cleaners From Venus yet? If not then you might want to start thinking about doing so. The massive re-issue campaign by Captured Tracks has yielded three CD box sets and countless vinyl re-issues. The latest of which is a vinyl edition of an unreleased LP of material which also makes up CD4 of the latest box set also out this week.

For a catch all comparison think of them as an English Guided By Voices. They have the same slap dash approach, the same knack of producing melodies that sound like they should be classics, the same 60’s obsession. Where they differ, though,  is that Martin Newell and co are a much more pastoral proposition, obsessed with autumn, cornfields, girls and small town melancholy. XTC is probably the nearest they get to English contemporaries.

The first three tracks on this very worthwhile LP yield immediate results. ‘It Could Have Been Cheryl’ has a skyscraping melody, ‘The Iceberg and Unicorn’ is pure watery melancholy, ‘The World Strikes One’ is another example of Newell’s timeless songwriting and provincial town world view. The songs here seem to be mostly acoustic, probably demos meant to be recorded in the studio at some point but even in these stripped back versions the classy songwriting shines through. This may not be the best place to start for nascent Cleaners fans, possibly last years vinyl ‘best of’ might be. But like GBV, once you start its probably best to get to get everything and devote a year or two picking your way through it.


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