Vinyl Double LP £16.99 LEFSE077-3
Indies only clear orange vinyl remastered gatefold 2LP on Lefse. Includes bonus tracks.
Vinyl Double LP £16.99 LEFSE077-1
Remastered gatefold 2LP on Lefse. Includes bonus tracks.
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8/10 Penrith Steve 16th May 2016
Fantasma by Cornelius is great - a real mixed bag in terms of musical styles but not in terms of quality. It's all tied together, however, by a kind of ecentric dreaminess. Opener "Mic Check" touches on hip-hop and "Count Five or Six" has a manic indie rock quality, if the indie rock was played by robots.
The standout track for me is "Chapter 8 (Seashore and Horizon)" which is a lovely 'summer of love' style lolloping pop song. It was co-written and performed with Robert Schneider of Apples In Stereo and his ability to write a pleasing, gentle pop melody really shines through. "New Music Machine" is reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine - a jarring guitar intro a bit like "You Made Me Realise" followed by a verse that wouldn't be out of place on "Isn't Anything". "Microdisneycal World Tour" takes the influence of The Free Design in weirder direction than Stereolab ever did, whilst "Free Fall" is another great piece of rockin' indie. The follow-up to this album was the critically acclaimed "Point", which won many plaudits - and it is good - but I think the variety and the hooks on offer here make this their most essential recording.
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