Limited edition double vinyl from New Zealand mega weirdos Opposite Sex. Discordant piano plays what seems to be a completely different tune to the other instruments; songs about meat, puke and supermarkets; whimsical female vocals and a whole lot of strangeness. Let the freakery cascade through your speakers.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 October 2016
I heard a New Zealander chuntering on the train yesterday. He was weird but not as weird as Opposite Sex. They are modern day but they come across as the sort of weirdos that came out of the Dunedin underground in the 80s. What this means for your weekend is that this is lop sided, bizarre pop with all kinds of off kilter rhythms and spooky guitars. They swap between vocalists between a man (flat as a pancake) and a lady, shriller. The opening 'Supermarket' is truly bizarre, like an Antipodean take on the Raincoats 'Fairytale in the Supermarket'. On 'Complicity' they strip it down to cello, piano and vocals leading the words Marie and the Atom to spring into my mind for the first time in years. Opposite Sex are always on the verge of falling apart, 'Vicarious Life' is as shambolic as you can imagine pop to be. They get theatrical on closer 'Long Dead Night' which is a dramatic piano ballad ruined by hastily twanged guitar.
It's an odd record. It veers into places I don't really want to go, it's dark and mysterious and whimsical and occasionally hurts your ears. Yet is also affecting and inventive....in a falling down the stairs kind of way.
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