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Micah P. Hinson has referred this record, put together with close associate Nick Phelps, as ‘psych-western’ music, which sounds about right: the feel is of wide-open desolate landscapes seen through a peyote-haze. Delicious. Broken Arrows is released in a limited vinyl edition on the Bronson Recordings label.

LP £24.49 BR012001

Limited LP on Bronson Recordings.

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Broken Arrows by Micah P. Hinson & Nick Phelps
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 04 February 2016

Also known as ‘You Think You’re Fucking Ennio Morricone’, the new collaboration between Micah P. Hinson and Nick Phelps tries to muster up the spirit of a terse, hate-filled Western while smashing plates and distorting the airwaves for some real feral rock music. Yes, it feels kinda like watching your choice Western (I can only think of ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ right now) in those tense guitar figures, brazen key changes and unbecoming waltzes. At times, it’s impressive stuff; it’s at its best when it isn’t locked in on its theme.

While it begins on the thrilling, half-blastbeaten “Why Yes I Was Born Yesterday”, this record has a lot of avenues to take us down, just like a film, and the half-tempo, deliciously delayed “Looking Outside” brings the record to a halt, emphasising its buzzsaw climax all the more. At times, it feels like they’re putting together a score -- these huge moments fall down into gorgeously picked guitar, like an outro not only to a song but to a world-beating scene. “In The Making” feels like montage music, using cruel distortion to usher in a rushing and utterly anthemic piano figure. Bring it on, world, I am armed with sound.

The high drama of “Whilst Rabbit Run” suggests that as long as the melodies are this rewarding, it doesn’t really matter what costume drama the duo are trying out: the piano could be from a Starsailor record, and while the riffs owe a lot to scores, they’re mainly Western influenced in their emotive force. The grandiosity of the record comes from its noisy presentation: it’s a little much, but that is so very much the point.


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