A real treat here for fans of Math & Physics Club, who have trawled the archive of material they have built up over their existence so far to collect together some of the rare gems you might have missed. That’s obscure B-sides, rare EPs, and even some tracks never previously released! All fitting together into a comfortable indie rock whole. White vinyl on Fika.
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180g white vinyl gatefold LP on Fika.
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Please strike me. I’ve never heard of Math and Physics Club. From the sleeve and the use of the word 'math(s)', I had them down as some kind of emo/math rock group but they are nothing of the sort, instead they are pop guys in the vein of the Clientele or Belle and Sebastien. They’ve presented this collection of B sides and rarities in reverse chronological order which allows us to enjoy a new track the swoonsome and harmonic ‘Coastal California 1985’ before we get in to the nitty gritty. Like many bands from the West Coast of America they seem to enjoy three things - 1) K Records, 2) the summer and 3) having a pretty good time. The album is packed full of jaunty and perky compositions that sound happy even when the band are feeling sad especially on ‘Our Own Ending’ where they wake up alone in bed pouring tea for one. God that’s awful that anyone should have to go through that.
They know their way around a haunting post C86 melody though especially on ‘Sound of Snow’ which sits somewhere between Remember Fun and Bomb Pops and vies for the most obscure indie pop reference on these pages. They are as wet as a rainy weekend in Morecambe and occasionally it all gets too much and I want to tell them to just get over it but like Belle and Sebastien they write really nice cello drenched songs like the title track which makes you forgive them and want to give them a cuddle.
If you miss how Belle and Sebastien used to sound before they went all shiny then this box of odds and sods is for you.
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