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Test Card—the solo project from Vancouver-based prolific electro-pioneer Lee Nicholson—is back with his second album ‘Rediffusion’, out on Sound of Silence records. It’s at once nostalgic and fresh, the deep, rumbling bass, retro beats and woozy, hypnotic synths creating a lush ambient soundscape that would sound as fitting scoring a film as it would soundtracking a beach party.

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  • / CDr edition of 150 handmade and hand-numbered copies. Packaged in a hand-stamped pale brown cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper. Includes insert, download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card
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Rediffusion by Test Card
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 December 2017

Test Card (I like the name, don't you?) is the name used by Canada based Brit Lee Nicholson who was once part of Preston's Formula One back in the 1990's. Here he turns his thumb to electronica and produces an album of slow burning atmospheric bloops which on evocative tracks such as 'Those Long Dusks of Summer' adds guitar twinkles to create a mood of heat hazed drifting which is rather warming on this freezing winter's day.

He has a knack of combining cold bleeps with warmer synth textures on these pieces but he's at his best when twirling the guitar axe on 'Old Enough to Drink Sherry' an astonishingly pretty piece which veers into the territory of the likes of July Skies and Piano Magic. There's a feeling of bucolic idyll here and combined with titles that hark back to childhood ('The Sheep Field Is Now An Estate' and 'My Favourite Conker Tree') suggests that Nicholson is using hazy nostalgia in the same way perhaps as Epic 45 but this is an album of varied relaxing tones that combines electronica with more guitar based blissful instrumentals.      


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