The Gist were made up of main members Philip Moxham and Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants. After releasing a debut full length and a handful of EPs on Rough trade they were dropped but Moxham continued to record tirelessly. Holding Pattern is the first result of a trawling through these recordings and present bold off-kilter pop tracks, that are finally getting the release they deserve.
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The Gist emerged from the ashes of brilliant one album wonders Young Marble Giants as songwriter Stuart Moxham dusted himself down from the fallout. Incredibly the Gist too only produced one album the eclectic and excellent 'Embrace the Herd'. Here is a series of unheard recordings recorded somewhere deep in the early '80s before Stuart settled down to raise a family and concentrate on his animation which later earned him a credit on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
'Holding Pattern' is another album of brilliant lo-fi ideas married with (or should I say marred by) things that should have stayed in the can. There's a couple of reggae-lite compositions that are ill advised/bordering on offensive and there's a sense of Moxham doing the opposite to what he preached with YMG and making the whole thing far too busy. I long for the space of his earlier work where his clipped guitar married perfectly with brother Phil's bass playing but still there's a few great examples of his quirky instrumental songwriting particularly with 'Old Mannerisms' and 'Assured Energy' both which have fitted perfectly on 'Embrace the Herd'.
I'm loathe to be too derogatory about one of my favourite artists but this works better if you imagine it as a bonus outtakes album. Only certain tracks live up to what came before but post-YMG material is very thin on the ground so enjoy it while you can.
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