Not Not Fun delve further into new-age weird-loner America with this evocative LP from Swanox. Duskrunner marks the first vinyl transmission for Anthony Orion, and contains more heady, heavy, abstracted vibes. Only 299 copies pressed of this blissful Californian detritus exist. Sounds like another indispensable slab from this essential label.
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It might be harsh to say that this time of year brings out the dregs of the release schedules but its kinda true. There are a couple of items in this week from Not Not Fun and I’ve drawn a straw with this one. Not sure if it’s a short or long straw; maybe it's a medium one.
Opener ‘Candle Station’ recovers from having some pretty horrid synth squelching through it, settling down into a kind of Judith Chalmers holiday programme soundtrack. It's the kind of sweet, polished, almost balearic instrumental music that Northerner made on his last album. I’m also reminded of Inner Tube and Francesco Franco. These are ‘80s sounding, heavily affected guitar pieces which are pretty nice in certain spots. The first vocal appears mid way through ‘No Locals’ and, well, it doesn’t really help things along -- it's low and hesitant, somewhere between Vini Reilly and the guy from Dirty Beaches. These minimal compositions will appeal to fans of the early Ducktails style of spindly drum machine and guitar, where everything is rudimentary and naive but strangely lush sounding.
I didn’t find much on the A side to enjoy so I’ve flipped over and I’m much enjoying ‘Tomorrow City’, which is based around a Felt-like crystalline guitar and muttered vocal leading the whole thing to sound a bit like Cocteau Twins coagulating with Dirty Beaches. It’s ok -- if it was made in 1980 we might say its some kind of lo-fi bedroom classic, but I think there’s better stuff to come from this guy. The nylon picked War on Drugs atmospheres of closer ‘The Whistler’ suggests so.
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