The lo-fi indie crew known as Hood originally wanted British Radars to be released as a a 7” in 1994, but nothing came of it. In 2015 however, these 6 tracks have indeed been pressed to vinyl, in a limited edition! Several alternate versions dragged up from the archives, very exciting for Hood heads. On Acuarela.
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8/10 JimmyJams73 Customer review, 29th January 2016
Fans of Hood, rejoice! Sort-of new / newly available versions of old and hard to find songs are ready to caress your ears.
Fans of lo-fi noise, pretty melodies and slightly melancholy (yet somehow uplifting) tender paeans to love, loss and existential regret might also prick up their ears. Although for music lovers perhaps not familiar with the work of these boys from Leeds, I recommend listening to the wonderful "Cold House" album first. Which you really ought to buy; it's available on a new gatefold vinyl version from this very emporium.
Back to 'British Radars', then... The lead and title track begins with some Fennesz-like washes of ambience before guitar then drums and vocal kick in; all betraying their heart and Pavement influence on their sleeve. There are some dreamy textures on this tune, as you would expect of them. The track fades out with some dusty unrecognisable film dialog and into 'Experiments in Silence'; A simple looped guitar motif and washes of sound a la William Basinski or Katie English for a minute or so before some sumptuous white noise floods over it. This makes me think of Titty Bottle Park and the weir at Otley. No idea why.
'Flood History' you might be forgiven for thinking was written about this magnificent city's troubled relationship with the mighty river Aire, but probably isn't. What it is, however is a gorgeous miniature featuring flowing acoustic guitar, vocal and assorted percussive taps and rattles. Flip over to side B.
'Delusions of Worthlessness' is the sort of thing Hood do best - a cohesive collage of guitar, drum machine, voice, bass and Sonic Youth-ish squalls and a fine song too, one of the band's best I reckon. I'm ecstatic that these gems have finally been shared with the world and on the most perfect format ever realised.
'Walking Mindless' is another short, brooding piece with a slow, slightly sombre guitar and soft vocal and the closing track, 'Fears Grow' is melancholic beauty reflected in sonic soundscape and muttered thoughts; "Oh god I hope the depression's gone... I think it's gone." And you know, I think it has too. I'm going to play this piece of plastic a few more times, just to make sure. Winter be damned.
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