A bit of retro synth nostalgia from The Twelve Hour Foundation. Conceived in a nuclear bunker and performed on forty year old synthesisers, tree little milk egg book and other non sequiturs is the perfect album for the retro electronic musician in your life. Fans of Ghost Box , Polytechnic Youth and Trunk will appreciate this.
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They are all at it. Retro synth I mean - even former members of indie-rockers Beatnik Filmstars as Jez Butler is. Here, the man who also made 'The Lighter Side of Concrete' teams up with Polly Hulse for an album of soundalike 70s BBC Schools theme tunes which dig deep into the naive early day synth tunes of the era. It definitely edges towards the cheesier end of the genre so don't go expecting the sort of dark hues of the likes of Concretism and Pye Corner Audio. Instead we get fluffy instrumentals that often sound like the kinds of ditties Young Marble Giants produced on their 'Test Card' EP.
Opener 'Watching the Wires' is a lovely acoustic guitar led opus which reminds me a bit of Lemon Jelly but it's a rarity in its lushness and production as from then on are little lo-fi compositions such as the stand out 'Sun and Air' with it's neat drum machines and carefully picked melodies. Quite a treat this track and you can just imagine it featuring on some Children's TV show. The album is at it's best when it uses the vintage equipment to create these bonsai electronic tracks. Sometimes I find some of it a bit too cheesy for my taste.. 'In The Meantime' is heading way into John Shuttleworth territory and it's not the only wrongdoer here but then all is forgiven with lovely pieces such as the exquisite 'Land of Green Ginger' a gorgeous melody again with acoustic guitars fluttering around.
Fans of early Ghostbox, Trunk, Polytechnic Youth and BBC Radiophonic Workshop are going to lap this stuff up. It's like spending your day in a kind of synth sweet shop.
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