Resin Pockets is the first musical proclamation from Crescent in a decade. Matt Jones’ and his Bristolian crew have therefore had plenty of time to slowly craft these songs of everyday life, some of which were recorded in the great outdoors. Resin Pockets is a rather special-sounding record of intimate folk-pop that’ll charm your ears if you are new to Crescent. CD / LP on Geographic.
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I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw that there was a new Crescent album. Hot on the heels of last years Flying Saucer Attack opus it again reminds us what a fertile scene the mid 90s Bristol explosion was. 'Resin Pockets' is one of those albums that is much needed in order to counteract the slick and sheeny production of modern day music.
Recorded mainly outside, arrangement-wise it is a pleasant shambles. The open couplet of 'Get Yourself Tidy' and 'Impressions' sound like they were recorded by a band playing whilst at sea. It tumbles, it falls over, there are squillions of missteps as the music lols lazily in the general direction of the listener. 'Get Yourself Tidy' is particularly impressive with an almost Syd Barrett style sea saw melody and heartfelt vocals culminating in something that ends up being way more than the sum of its parts. "I'm not awake right now" sings Matt Jones on "I'm Not Awake" and it does often sound like he is asleep. This track in particular recalls the slipshod folk music of Alasdair Galbraith in the mixtures of strummed acoustics and wired lead guitar.
It's a fascinating way to make music and is so at odds with anything else in 2017 that I almost fear for them. The off key vocals and lazily tuned guitars can sometimes become wearing but such technical inaccuracies are overshadowed by the sheer warmth of delivery. This is the sort of album you'd make if you got heavily stoned on a summer night, climbed up onto the downs with some friends, some instruments and a tape recorder and recorded the results. It's of no time and place and seems to exist only in it's own entity.
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