After their recent album on Tri Angle - Earrings Off!, which showed little to no respect to straight line towing indie rules the UK experimental four piece have teamed up with Scottish disco oddball Makeness. Take Eggshell vocal oddness and add a hunk of catchy disco goodness. That’s a head sticker, I’ll tell ya.
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Notable unpleasers Adult Jazz made one of myself and Laurie’s favourite records in ‘Gist Is’, a semi-twee iindie rock record fidgeting into prog rock and getting bookish on avant garde. Then they went and spoiled it all with a wonderful grabbag of electronics on ‘Earrings Off!’, a record far more compacted in its ideas and a lot more adherent to structure -- it suggested they weren’t ones to repeat themselves, and this 12” with dance pals Makeness hammers that nail in again.
Somehow, this wild tune -- with its disco bassline, warped-glass synths and floppy rhythmic quandaries -- manages to offer up a great centrepiece for Harry Burgess, who switches his balloon-huffing octave, matched by a squeaky fucking synthline, into a lower howl with wonderful, audiosurfin’ ease. He’s joined by whisper-shouted harmonies that complete the tune’s busy frenzy, as if internally postulating a room of the hyped in case no one shows up.
There’s an instrumental, too, which to me sorta misses the point of that wonderful vocal performance, but I get it -- you gotta do what you gotta do. Flip it over and there’s an extended mix if you would rather it never ended but maybe nobody’s told you about a little thing called finality.
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