A four track EP from the young and exuberant Cosmo Sheldrake. Pelicans We brings lightweight sixties whimsy to the fore. Quirky, catchy and packed with sea shanty singalong vibes it shows a distinctive reverence to decades past, whilst enjoying the inclusion of modern musical gadgets. Out on 12” vinyl from Transgressive.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 April 2015
Right, let’s start again. I was reviewing the wrong side looking at the wrong track and writing about the wrong thing. It may signify the start of the post Alt J wave of bands but this is pretty interesting. The lead track ‘Tardigrade Song’ sets the template of sing-song melodies over home-fi electronica. Sort of Syd Barrett meets Tunng meets Teleman meets Pentangle if such a thing could be imagined. It’s great...but there’s better to come (later).
The sea shanty-ish ‘The Fly’ uses words from William Blake over some jaunty banjo-tronica. Overleaf is the real star of the show - ‘Pelicans We’ uses an Edward Blake verse over some decidedly quirky electronic clattery. It’s as English as a cup of tea and kind of reminds me of the Cardiacs' Sea Nymphs side projects. A wandering melody is the perfect foundation for Blake’s word play. The fact that I was singing it (to myself, you understand I’d never inflict that on anyone else) whilst carrying a load of cardboard up the stairs is proof of its catchiness.
The only track I’m not so keen on is the closer ‘Rich’, with a voice high enough to get the local neighbourhood dogs howling enunciating something which, although not bad doesn’t quite fit in with the aesthetic of the other three. It’s not every day I hear something that sounds completely fresh and new but this is a rare example.
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