Soda Eaves is the work of Jake Core, working in a murky lo-fi folk milieu informed by old-time Australian outback towns. Much of Murray, Darling is sung in a hoarse whisper, so that it feels like the listener is eavesdropping on a confession. Only 50 copies of this LP are being distributed in the UK, so be swift. On Fluff.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 July 2016
Like the Pink Panther in that episode where he battled with the hairdryer I'm all Fluffed out this morning. This is the third LP on the reconstituted Fluff label that has arrived this morning and they are all worth telling you about. This time it's a full two sided album but in common with Emily Edrosa and Hideous Towns it comes from the bottom side of the planet and features scratchy lo-fi music that is full of inspiration.
These are dusty lo-fi songs that owe something to the ballad side of Sparklehorse and something else to Dirty Three. Jake Core creates claustrophobic folk and sings in the sort of whisper normally reserved for sharing secrets of the utmost importance. He sounds utterly wracked as if the album was recorded after a night on the whiskey. Behind him the musicians play in that loose style of Dirty Three where guitars wander insouciantly and strings are screeched quietly.
This very secretive music has similarities to the marvellous music produced by Chris Tenz on his 'Nails Through Birds Feet' album. Slow sprawling songs that sound like they were recorded in a cabin at midnight whilst trying not to disturb the people sleeping upstairs.
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