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Look at these two. Well if it isn't our old friends Mark Tranmer (Gnac, Montgolfier Brothers) and Ian Masters (lesser spotted former leader of the Pale Saints). Across the miles they have created two sides of a 7" credited to two bands so it's sort of a split single even though both bands contain both people.  

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  • if-001 / Split 7" on IF ANY. Green coloured vinyl edition of 300 copies

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Bu bu bu bu / The Message in Mint by Cucumber Concubine / Wingdisk
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 August 2018

The biggest surprise last week was to get offered this beautiful 7" of songs by Ian Masters (Pale Saints) and Mark Tranmer (Montgolfier Brothers/Gnac). Both are artists that haunted the early days of Norman Records and we always have time for them here. It's delightful to hear Ian's voice again. It was really one of the more unique voices in shoegaze and has lost none of its choirboy beauty over the years. 'The Message In Mint' by Wingdisk lets it drift on top of some gauzy noir-ish jazz speckled beauty with a really cinematic feel. It's creepy and beautiful and if David Lynch heard it you could bet your bottom dollar he'd be using it on something or other. 

On the B-side is something completely different. Cucumber Concubine is a band made out of the same artists doing what instrumentally is some pretty sweet bossa nova with a madcap squawking sax cutting in. Musically it's quite lovely - I'm not sure what is going on with the vocals and who did them and why. It's kind of frustrating after the delicious A-side. Masters is one of those genius flecked artists who is also so idiosyncratic you have to try to go with his whimsy to get to the good bits but... ah... records aren't cheap and filling up a side of this is perhaps overkill.  



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