Eccentric psych-pop finally making it to a lavish vinyl LP after a cassette release. A primer for H. Hawkline's witty and weird garage, it’s a distinctive vision of weirdo British folk and beat music, complete with surreal tape collages. Out on Heavenly, it’s limited to 150 hand-made records screen printed in four colours.
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Arrghhh look at the time. Not a squeak from the freelance reviewer in whose pile this was residing so in comes emergency Clint sneaking in before the 3PM deadline. Hero or what?
This record was originally released on tape but now the good people at Heavenly have provided a vinyl re-issue….AND THEY’VE MADE IT THEMSELVES. Good-o. From the get go its weird and wild psych where the only rules are that there are no rules. Opener ‘Pentecostal’ is just aces Beta Band meets Lazerboy uptown with pulsating bass and weird effects. ‘Slow Geece’ is Goat meets early Pink Floyd. The singing doesn’t start until the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band romp of ‘Gelly’ but ‘My Dreams’ proves that they aren’t some kind of Viv Stanshall nightmare with a well enunciated slab of hazy slo-mo psych.
Once you head towards Side B they get all Gruff Rhys on your ass. It seems they took a few songs to find their voice but horribly I was enjoying the madcap charm of the first side a little more. The Gorky's quirk pop of Side B just doesn’t appeal as much. More madness please.
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