‘Just Love Songs’ is a vinyl exclusive featuring 11 love songs by London collective Family Fodder. Often neglected and still existing within a veil of mystery, Family Fodder are perhaps best known for their oddball hit ‘Dinosaur Sex’ which is still considered a post-punk classic today. Limited to 500 copies, the songs have been collected from previous Family Fodder recordings, but with the omission of instrumentals, dubs and solos. This is the first time these songs have been released on vinyl, and you can expect all kinds of love here: from nostalgic love to the love of the unknown and unfamiliar, ‘Just Love Songs’ is essential listening for any loved-up music fan.
Vinyl LP £14.99 STAUB135
LP on Staubgold. Edition of 500 copies.
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Post-punk progressive popsters Family Fodder have been active since I was even born, but I've only recently become aware of them. On 'Just Love Songs' Alig Fodder and his crew are reworking 11 songs which previously appeared on their last two albums, 'Classical Music' and 'Variety', and as you might guess from the title they all address the topic of love in some way or other. The disarmingly hook-laden accompaniment flits around various styles, from folk to afrobeat to dub reggae to medieval chamber music to psychedelic pop while the delivery is disarmingly casual, warm and almost naive-sounding.
Mae Karthauser turns up on vocals for a couple of tracks, most notably 'The Pain Won't Go', a queasily lurching reggae ballad which twists and turns from stark minimalism to some fruity organ touches and shuddering, squeaking guitar fuckery to sweeping synth-strings while Fodder and Karthauser chant a simple, repetitive melody. The goofy psych-pop of closer 'Don't Get Me High' really made me smile too, with Fodder taking on an almost Kermit-esque vocal delivery over a shuffling r'n'b groove replete with flickering organ and cheeky George Harrison-esque guitar touches. Warped, sophisticated and ultimately very likeable outsider pop business, well worth a listen.
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