Mike Lindsay (Tunng etc) was probably pretty chuffed that he got introduced to ace songstress Laura Marling at a glittering show supporting Neil Young. Whereas I would have mumbled a few platitudes before fleeing the building, Lindsay became pally and the two decided to collaborate on a collaboration of wonked out guitars, moogs and wordplay. And is that a dog on the sleeve? We need to know.
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Well I have to admit I'm loving that big fluffy thing on the album sleeve and on the videos they've released to promote this record. You should see it dance....remarkable.
Also the music is unexpectedly brilliant. I'm sort of a fan of bits of Laura Marling not so much of Tunng though I admire they creativity but it takes just half a listen to 'Curse of the Contemporary' to know that this is pretty interesting stuff. It sounds both totally unique and a lot like Kate Bush. It's brilliantly weird pop but Marling's delivery is exceptional. She's swooping high one minute and the next thing you know chanting way down low. Great mystery pop music.
'Late to the Flight' is slower and perhaps more what I expected from the record. It has the denseness and richness of the last Grizzly Bear album, a slow burner with some nice production touches. Again Marling excels. 'May I Be The Light' is more abstract still. I'm not quite feeling this one yet but I'm impressed by Marling octave leaping without autotune.
I like what I've heard of the record so far but I love that big fluffy thing even more.
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