Stanley Brinks (who you might know best as the guy for Herman Dune) has built up a good working rapport with The Wave Pictures, and My Ass finds their collaboration in as fine a condition as ever. Several tracks have the names of cities, and wittily document experiences there. A jaunty collection released on CD and ‘camel coloured vinyl’ by Fika.
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Stanley Brinks isn’t a man. Well he is but his real name is something like Andre Herman Dune and for years he has made shambling lo-fi music that was invented to get folks with beards singing along at cool underground clubs.
It comes as no surprise that backing band here The Wave Pictures learned to play together by learning Jonathan Richman songs. Everything here sounds like Jonathan Richman. Each song follows a pattern: Stanley tells stories while the band strum along and once they get to a chorus everyone sings along. Many songs feature endless guitar solos. There are three songs named after cities. Brinks, like many troubadours who are not from these grey shores, likes to sing the words "pub", "beer" and "chips" a lot when singing about British stuff so locals can nod knowingly.
The songs I like best have a kind of carribean flavour. The best one by miles is ‘My Camel’ which has a bit of an ‘Egyptian Reggae’ flavour and is way more mysterious than anything else here. ‘Fire To My Mind’ too is a bit of sing along fun a bit like the lilt ad. Despite being over 40, Brinks is still ruminating on potential romantic liaisons not working out but from the general tone here I am assured that he has plenty of fun out on the road.
I can’t work out from the sleeve notes who is playing the snaky saxophone thing but there’s lashings of it. Harmless, repetitive pop fun.
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