Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, the pairing of Richard Norris and Erol Alkan, are best known for their space-psychedelic remixes of indie and dance tunes, but The Soft Bounce has them producing a full suite of original material that swims through synth-pop and acid drops. Guests include Holly Miranda and Hannah Peel. On Phantasy Sound.
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James Yorkston once wrote about what was ‘Just Beyond the River’, now several years later we are about to find out what is ‘Beyond the Wizards Sleeve’. Lets go there and take a look shall we?
This is the pairing of Richard Norris and Erol Alkan who have provided remixes for lots of indie types searching for credibility. Noel Gallagher for example. Whet they do here is to make one big long psychedelic synth trip that veers so all over the place that it's hard to determine what it is they actually do. From the droning, kraut pulse of ‘Delicious Light’ to the guitar histrionics of ‘Iron Age’ to the 60s psychedelic lava lamp pop of ‘Creation’ the album has a playful eclecticism. There are several guests in place including Euros Childs, Jane Weaver and Hannah Peel. The Childs sung track ‘Door to Tomorrow’ is particularly impressive, laden with cellos it has the feel of 'Eleanor Rigby' as remixed by the Chemical Brothers with John Cale on vocals. Actually it’s way better than that description makes it sound. It’s excellent granny-glassed pop re-imagined for modern day life.
The album is rather lavishly produced, the use of guest vocalists keeps things varied but even without them there are a myriad of sounds on offer with each track offering something different. I’m particularly liking the aching synth pop of ‘Diagram Girl’ and the woozy likes of ‘Black Crow’ will appeal to fans of Lemon Jelly and the Beta Band or anyone who combined psych whimsy with danceable rhythms. The duo have successfully found a way out of their reputation as remix specialists and created a vibrant album of psychedelic sounds with a number of excellent highlights.
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