a.P.A.t.T reportedly recorded this album with a 10 person line-up wielding 42 instruments: consequently, things sound wild-eyed, highly-varied and generally pretty unhinged. In other words, Fun With Music! Because there is no reason to let good sense stop you making something like this is there? Vinyl release on Pickled Egg.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 05 May 2016
Fun with music? I don’t think so. You certainly won’t find any of that among these walls. Frowns, maybe. a.P.A.t.T are having a good time, though, or at least want you to think they are. Good for them, I say: this weird and psychedelically-tinged pop record brings to mind several “fun” bands at once, with the jaunty melodies but tight rhythms of Shopping, and the vocal clowning and accidental pop climaxing of Ava Luna. So much fun! Synths! Riffs! Loud noises! Ahhhhhhh!
It’s important not to apologise if you’re making a record like ‘Fun With Music’ -- you can’t slow down. Go full throttle or don’t go at all. Thankfully this band get exponentially more annoying, dusting off “Yes… That’s Positive” with the kind of pantomimic prog nonsense Gong would’ve made alongside Gentle Giant. They take the piss out of the harpsichord on “Matter of Fact” by making it sound ripe for dance music, crafting an instrumental of warped electronics and jittering toy percussion. They continue to amass instruments (forty two, in total) as things go on, rotating them in and out of what I assume is a prop storage room for what I know for a fact is a school pantomime.
It’s giving me a headache and it knows it is. This twee noise will break your brain and I don’t think it has much interest in putting it back together afterwards. oH mY gOd HaVe A 7/10.
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