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The first album by Dan Reeves' Soft Walls was an instant office fave; I don't recall hearing it due to the paucity of copies actually available. Both formats sold out in two seconds flat. I've been given the task of throwing a few words about his newie on the increasingly popular Trouble in Mind, a label concerned with only the best in lo-fi psych garage rock.
Ten tracks here of rather divine spectral gloom pop rendered in a dusky DIY fashion by this Cold Pumas laddie and I can now totally hear the appeal of Soft Walls myself. This solo material is built around ragged, chiming and repetitious guitar shapes, obscured melancholy vocal wisps and clattering muffled drum machine with additional sympathetic layering of unfussy bass or woozy keyboards.
His vibe has a quietly mournful yet dream-like feel and there is plenty of scope for a variety of expression with the limited trusted tools he has at his disposal. 'No Time' does have a particularly adorable UK charm all of its own; a rare breed of home-spun introverted psychedelia that is both intimate and aloof.
I do detect a very authentic love of dingy krautrock on numerous tracks; many of these rather addictive tunes have a scratchy motorik charm which increases their worth tenfold for me. This is bedroom ghost-rock, played with an undeniable passion, the rough edges and murky finish only serving to highlight how thrilling and catchy each track is.
Hookworms legend MJ lends his mixing/production chops to 'No Time' which usually means you're getting real quality for your money. I can't pick a favourite track or two out here as I really like them all and a couple make me feel rather emotional. This way he has with minor chord changes and sad, yearning harmonies is very personable and quite affecting.
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