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First-time vinyl reissue 2LP on Superior Viaduct. Includes four bonus tracks from 1992's Swerve EP.

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Electricity by Peter Jefferies
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8/10 Clinton 18 September 2014

Sad news this week on the passing of Peter Gutteridge, the maverick New Zealand musician who produced one of the finest albums ever to come out of the island with Snapper’s ‘Shotgun Blossom’. A reminder that these guys aren’t getting any younger and we should cherish the oddball music they produced.

Fellow maverick Peter Jefferies had a long career in two of New Zealand’s best and brightest in This Kind of Punishment and Nocturnal Projections before his more discordant solo work such as this his second solo album first issued in 1994. It’s fair to say that it's hard work. Consisting of a series of dark compositions based around Jefferies pounding piano and wierd grainy voice the music tends to work against melody and is full off clattering harsh notes and despite consisting mainly of voice and piano it has an on-the-edge chaotic feel, like everything is going to fall apart at any moment.

On ‘Dear Boss’ a siren-like two note piano motif repeats endlessly with Jeffries hurling lyrics over the top. Its dissonant and thrilling and not for the faint hearted, the sound of music slowly descending into madness. Yet ‘Scattered Logic’ sees the sweetly descending and comforting sound he (and brother Graeme) perfected on This Kind Of Punishment’s ‘A Beard of Bees’. This 2LP re-issue (with 4 bonus tracks) is a timely reminder of his spiky talents.     


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