More ecstatic musical adventure from Speedy Wunderground, here. Peluche take silvery guitar riffs a la Beach House and wrap them around proggy ambient textures that wouldn't be out of place on either an old Kayo Dot record or a newer Camel one, before a driving beat pushes the song into a psychedelic vortex. "The Guy With The Gammy Eye" makes no element of the process as its focus, even deliberating on the placement of its desperately reverberating vocals. A wonderful myriad of myriads.
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Blaring serenely out of the speakers this morning is Speedy Wunderground’s newest disorientating beacon of light, known in less stupid words as Peluche. As with many of Wunderground's releases, it feels like you’ve got the perfect signal of this band’s influences before they start fucking with something else entirely: ghost-candy riffs nod firmly in the direction of Cocteau Twins before a kind of avant-jazz ambience moans its way to the fore, suggesting something Toby Driver would have made in his maudlin of the Well days. Beyond that, the drums kick in, splinter into separate factions of timbre, and the whole thing becomes a mess.
Peluche have interesting intuitions, building beatless textures and strung out vocals to their peak before unleashing metallic drumbeats and cymbal freakouts. It’s a steep drop, taking what sounds set up to be an ambient ballad a la Braids and turning it into the kind of psychedelic workout Fews recently perfected. The flip side, a dub variation on the same song, seems more than anything to exist as an example of the song's dramatic composition: this version slithers through fragments of the song, garnering a slowed tempo and a more gradual journey. As ever, this is fascinating stuff from a label that dares to drink from way too many elixirs.
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