Cult classic underground indie-pop from San Francisco's World Of Pooh. 1989’s The Land Of Thirst was in fact the only album they were ever able to release, and has been vanishingly rare in physical editions for a long time now. But this record is so brimming with interesting and exciting indie action, it really needed a reissue. And here it is! On Starlight Furniture Co.
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Whilst most of the late '80s/early 90s Nuff Sed imprint concentrated on the uniquely experimental (Caroliner, Thinking Fellers etc) World of Pooh were a total anomaly in that they produced a tight and taut indie rock sound that if anything was closer to the strummy if ambitious songs later moulded by the likes of Unrest. World of Pooh were in fact the band of Nuff Sed honcho Brandon Kearney alongside already semi-famous-in-her-own-right songstress Barbara Manning and Thinking Fellers drummer Jay Paget.
'The Land Of Thirst' is their sole album and it's superb. Their songs are brilliantly brief and compact - prime influences being Sonic Youth and the poppy side of Thinking Fellers but with their dry, effects free guitars and tuneful melodies the band were charmingly endearing. Songs like 'Zorch' suggest a yet to be sure of itself Pavement and if they sometimes lapse into the of-the-era gnarling up their guitars too much - the best bits of the album keep it clean and tuneful. Most notably supremely melodic closer 'Drunkards Dream' which is as splendid as a summers day and deserves to be heard by...well..everyone who likes to hear guitar jangle.
And that was it for Wold of Pooh. A record that bursts out of nowhere, surprises you with fantastic songs then disappears just as quickly. now lovingly re-pressed for a whole new generation to enjoy.
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