Dereck Higgins is a cornerstone of music in the Midwest, working with bands like Norman & The Rockwells and Digital Sex. Myths… Realities however is a collection of home recordings, mostly produced on a 4 track. Nevertheless, these solo jams are full-featured and deep: Higgins has impressive skill. Pressed to grey and black splatter vinyl in a limited edition of just 100 copies.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 January 2016
Dereck Higgins has played power bass in a few Midwestern bands since the ’70’s but when the sweat had cleared off his forehead and the screams of the crowds died down he went home and played Durutti Column inspired instrumentals.
Like many compilations of home recorded music that have been made over a number of years this record has moments of inspiration alongside ideas that fall flat. ‘Echo Guitar’ manages to do both in one sitting with gorgeous glacial guitar pieces interrupted by then kind of ‘lead guitar’ Vini Reilly twiddled with in his more ill-advised moments. Everything was recorded on a four track so it all has that spacious saturated sound. Like Reilly, Higgins can’t help but use difficult chord changes that hurt the ear somewhat but when he keeps it simple he really starts to fly. ‘Guacano’ for instance is made up of simple Robin Guthrie style reverbed guitar strums but manages to conjure up an atmosphere any amount of twiddling would fail to do. I also like the casio-pop of Side 1 closer ‘Happy Today’ which uses ridiculous synth sounds that you perhaps thought you’d never hear again in popular music.
Some truly lovely pieces here which will appeal to fans of Durutti Column, Cocteau Twins, Northerner and Yellow 6.
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