A taster for his forthcoming 'Summer of '13' record this 7" contains three new tracks from the former Arab Strap bloke with his cheeky brand of Scottish pop. On Nude. I had no idea that label was still going. You learn something every single day including how to flub your way to a word limit.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 April 2016
A taster for his upcoming ‘Summer of ’13’ album, this is a much for electronic work from the less bearded half of Arab Strap. I think Malcolm Middleton is a great guitarist so it’s a shame not to hear his gentle pluckings on the title track but I like this slab of Scottish misery-tronica. The beats and synths are rather cheesy but it is saved by Middleton’s delivery. It’s all a bit last drink of the night getting emotional with your best pal/lover and it makes me a think of great times in bonny Scotland.
Overleaf we have two (count ‘em) songs. 'By Proxy’ makes up for the lack of guitar of the main track with some delicious Sun Kil Moon pluckings with added ‘humorous’ lyrics. Kind of like the sort of comedy songs you used to hear on ’That’s Life’ ...with even more pathos. ’Narky (13)’ is similar - confessional stuff that sits somewhere between Mark Kozelek, Jake Thackray and Rab C Nebbit.
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