The Electric Family have been rolling down their rock rails for decades now, and new one Terra Circus arrives with the confidence borne of such a long time playing together. Sitars, guitars, organ and drums are all on fine form, on the band’s own songs as well as their Sisters Of Mercy and Can covers and the closing jam session. Released by Sireena.
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This has been playing in the office all too often of late but I can never be bothered to get off my big fat arse and go and remonstrate with whoever put it on. It's a strange concoction of brews, like a covers band playing a host of alternative hits from the 80s and 90s adding it a bit of prog and kraut but with the proviso that none of it actually be that good. We get a kind of sub par 'Document' era R.E.M on 'Movin', a dreadful the Mission cover ('Lucrecia My Reflection'), the worst imaginable version of Can's 'Mary Mary So Contrary' but if you listen hard enough you can find moments of good such as the tangled and chewy art rock of the Pere Ubu-ish 'Santuario'. However, good things are an anomaly.
I suppose the lengthy three part closer has moments which recall the Birthday Party and the Fall but generally it's just old guys having fun which I'm totally fine with so long as I don't have to listen to it.
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