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Imra Vep, or Edwin Stevens, is a talented crooner and musician from the land of ridiculously talented musicians that is also known as Manchester. Working with fifty acts since he moved to the city eight years ago, he has carved himself out a niche of weird, stylistic sounds that make up his rock records. Vinyl LP on Golden Lab.

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Disappointment by Irma Vep & The Royal House Of Boo Hoo Hoo
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 March 2016
I wandered in halfway through Irma Vep’s set at the Fulford Arms in York last week. I didn’t know if it was a man or a band or what and for the first seven minutes or so I was unimpressed. But then something happened  - they played a good song or something and I found that my hands were clapping.   They have a sound that I would generally not like but which, in the context that they use it, I like. It’s mantra-ish music noir that reminds me of both Nick Cave and the Velvet Underground. The singer puts all his vocals through some kind of distortion effect. I’m not sure why, I think the vocals could be a bit distorted but they don’t need to be as distorted as this. Anyway minor quibbles aside this is great. Opening track ‘Tell People I’m Dying’ sounds like ‘Venus in Furs’ era Velvet Underground with amazing droning violins, ‘Disappointment’ is more of a countrified dollop and (oh I can’t read this) ‘Parring Yawns’ (??) is a krauty instrumental wig-out with great staccato violins.    Overleaf, the lengthy (and lengthily titled) ’This Song Meant Something To Me Once But Now I Feel Nothing’ sounds like the Wave Pictures with violins and a metallic clanking robot singing atop.   The whole record is an exercise in proving the point that music is improved significantly by the addition of violins.  




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