Heavily bearded man about town and Rusted Rail head honcho Keith Wallace returns with the first album in ages from his folk/electronic/sci fi project Loner Deluxe. This promises to be a varied opus which is said to play like a mixtape from the artist himself. Wild and wondrous creativity plus you get a bit of his shirt with each copy. Buy the lot and clothe yourself.
Tape £6.99 RR37
Cassette tape on Rusted Rail. Initial orders of this technicolour tape will come with a piece of one of Loner Deluxe's beloved plaid shirts tucked into the cassette packaging: Loner Deluxe is literally giving you the shirt off his back!.
- Shipping cost: £1.70 ?
Sorry but we are idiots. Stupid, useless idiots. No, don't argue. If we were not then we wouldn't have put this album into the stock room without... you know...putting it on our site. How are we still operating? Answers on a postcard please (as we can't get the hang of this 'internet' thing).
Anyway this much delayed record is the new one from Ireland's Loner Deluxe - a collective based around heavily bearded sonic manipulator Keith Wallace. Wallace always seems to have had a dual interest in folk music and sonically chopped electronica. A glance at his long running imprint Rusted Rail will tell you that. It's no surprise then that this album blends moments of folkiness with a more electronic aesthetic. It's music seems to emerge organically and like the title suggests sounds like a mix-tape of found songs off long worn tapes. Tracks like 'Darken My Door' are seemingly built up from, simple riffs adding in all manner of sonics as the track progresses. Yo La Tengo make music like this sometimes - as if the songs are constructed in the same way you'd build a shed.
There's a fair few examples of eerie almost Boards of Canada style atmospheres that are given a Lynch-ian twist with twanged guitars and field recordings. Voice samples are used sparingly (hello Public Service Broadcasting') so they don't take over tracks but just create added sonic interest as Wallace plays with his various keyboards. It's this magpie- like use of instrumentation that creates a really interesting experience. A lesson in how to make music out of nothing but a creativity that needs to be harnessed and a room full of seemingly random instruments.
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